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   Posted 9/5/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a strange posting. Does anyone ever crave deep pressure, vestibular stimulation such as swinging or riding in the car ?
Being in motion helps my stomach feel better and keeps me more "grounded" and able to focus better. ( I have trouble focusing on things as well - (ADD) ? I also am sensative to noise levels and certain sounds. Anyone else experience these things ?

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   Posted 9/5/2007 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like me when I was a teen. When I was sick back then, the least noise or smell was intolerable. I can't say a "crave" something like swinging, but relaxing pursuits do help with pain. The closest I come with that is doing the daily newspaper crossword--very relaxing.
48 yr. old. Ileocolitis.  CD since early teens, misdx'd until age 36.  Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001.  Disease returned in 2003. Arthritis, episcleritis, chronic pain due to surgeries (nerve damage, adhesions) and disease.  Recently dx'd scoliosis.  History of endometriosis.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 9/5/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Different people have different ways of processing sensory input. It's great that you are able to identify yours and find ways to meet them! It's actually common for children to have sensory needs that they "grow out of" when they get older- but some do stick, as well. Some people, like yourself, recognize that seeking the sensory stimulation they need helps them to focus better and feel grounded. This is a current area of research in occupational therapy, especially in the area of pediatrics. If you want more information, google "sensory diet" and read about one of the theoretical approaches to sensory processing.

It makes sense that when your are getting the sensory input your body needs, you feel better physically in terms of Crohn's. It probably has less to do with the disease process and more to do with the general state of your body and brain (my personal theory, anyway.)

I've noticed some of the same things... when I'm feeling sick/tired/just unwell from Crohn's, I crave deep pressure. I also cannot tolerate noises well, I have a certain volume threshold and can't stand noisy situations.

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