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flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/4/2008 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been in remission since my proctocolectomy two years ago, but unfortunately, I've also had a lot of stress in those two years, too.

First, my dad passed away, then my grandmother and father-in-law passed away, then I lost my job of 10 years due to budget cuts, and now I have a job with a boss who's a control freak and gets angry over the dumbest things. I'm concerned that if I stay at this job, the stress is going to cause the Crohn's to return in my small intestine. What are your thoughts about stress and Crohn's?

I have an appointment with my gastroenterologist tomorrow to talk about it, but wanted to get your feedback, too.

Thanks! :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Cecelia--Boy you are in a difficult position!  I DO think that stress can make the condition worse if in a flare, but I don't think it will necessarily start a flare...that is just from my experience.  I do know though that I would (personally) try to avoid all stressful situations.  I did work for a total control freak many years ago...I had been diagnosed by that point...but I never had a flare during that time.  You are definately doing the right thing by talking to your GI and getting their opinion...I hope you are able to put your mind at ease yeah

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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Cece - so sorry to hear you are having problems on your new job. Talking w/ your GI doc is a good idea. I guess it depends on if you can afford to not work. Sometimes I look at things like that as an opportunity to sharpen my people skills. But if it negatively effects your health and you aren't coping well with the situation then it's not worth it.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Kim
Control is an illusion. The only control we have is our response to people and situations. - Kim Martin


justjenjen
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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
What did your gi say? I'm so curious. I've been in remission for nearly 3 yrs. (come this Jan.) and I know it is always in the back of mind. I try not to stress but sometimes if I'm really anxious or something I feel just like I did when I had Crohn's. I know it's psychological b/c I don't even have the pieces that used to pain me but it still un-nerves me! I feel like I'm gonna poo my pants and I don't even have a back door anymore!

Personally, if I didn't see the situation getting better with time I think I would start sending out my resume. Avoiding stress is not just good for crohn's--it's good for your overall health.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, ladies, for you kind replies. :-)

I met with my gastroenterologist this morning and shared with her what I've been experiencing at work. I told her I was concerned that being stressed on a daily basis might cause Crohn's to return in my healthy small intestine, and she said that it would not "cause" it to return, but it could make it worse if I was ever was to have an active flare again. So, that was a relief to hear.

She also said that she had never seen me so upset, even when (and I quote) "you had stuff coming out of your butt!" tongue Well, that right there got me laughing. She recommended that I quit that job and find a different one that wasn't so stressful. I agreed with her, so I turned in my resignation today. turn

My husband has a good paying job and I can get on his health insurance, so I guess I'll be a lady of leisure until I'm ready to get back in the saddle again. With our first grand baby arriving any day now and the holidays right around the corner, I'm sure I'll find plenty of fun things to do to keep me busy! smilewinkgrin
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


justjenjen
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on your first grand baby!! Playing grandma beats work any day!! Be sure to let us know when he or she arrives. :)

mom9mom
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   Posted 11/6/2008 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Best wishes on your soon to be grandbaby and on being a lady of leisure.
Lost half of my small intestine.Ilieostomy for 5 months then reverst,Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed,Cronic pain,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression.Mother to 9 kids 7 boys 2 girls and 1 stepson.4 grandsons,9 grandaughters.4 of my grandkids I inherited from my twin sister who passed away 6 1/2 years ago from a blood clot after surgery.God has given me my life back after I almost lost it.Even though its a painful and sometimes hard road to walk I take it one step at a time and give thanks to god for every step I take.


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/6/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! It's my hubby's 25 year old daughter who's pregnant, and we're so excited to meet the little one. We know it's a girl, and her name is Kai, which means 'ocean' in Hawaiian. She and her husband live within walking distance of us, so I can't wait to walk over and spend time with them. wink

I've been working full time for the last 15 years, so it still hasn't sunk in that I don't have to go to work tomorrow. I agree, Jen, that anxiety can make you feel like you're having a Crohn attack. I'm relieved that they handled my resignation well, and I don't have the anxiety pain in my stomach anymore, so it was definitely the right thing to do.

I've sold items on eBay before and thought it was fun, so I think I'm going to go post a couple of items and see what happens! smilewinkgrin
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/7/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you!!! When I left my last "stressful" job, they told me I'd be back because I wouldn't know what to do with all my time...THEY WERE WRONG:) I have more things happening in my life and they are all POSSITIVE! I take college courses, exercise very regularly, help my husband's business (when I want), take my daughter to all her activities and on and on. And, you live in SUNNY Florida so the activities are endless:)

Have Fun!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/7/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your encouragement! I stayed busy all day and never turned the TV on once. I cooked my hubby a nice dinner (even looked up the recipe online), cleaned the kitchen up afterwards, and just got home from a nice walk around the neighborhood, where I met one of my neighbors for the first time. She and I have a lot in common and even discovered that we have a mutual friend! I received an email from the head boss asking me to reconsider my resignation. I thanked him for the offer, but declined, because I love being a lady of leisure! wink
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


justjenjen
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   Posted 11/7/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you!!!

Because crohn's does tend to come back, did she your gi give an actual cause?!? If we are already have the disease (although not active) why wouldn't extreme stress bring on a flare? Most crohnies agree that stress can bring on a flare or worsen an existing one.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/10/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Jen,
From the way my doctor explained it, once you're diagnosed with Crohn's, it can show up anytime anywhere from your mouth to your anus for no reason whatsoever. And once you're in a flare, stress can make it worse, but it cannot cause a flare. Even though she says that, I still believe that stress can mess with your immune system and cause a flare, so that's why I decided it was necessary to quit my job. I'm happy to say that I have not had any abdominal pain since I turned in my resignation, so that's a relief. Plus, it's better for my mental health to not be subjected to constant negativity in the workplace.
Good news ~ my step-daughter had a baby girl yesterday!!! yeah They're both doing great and will be going home tomorrow. turn

Life is good,
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


justjenjen
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   Posted 11/10/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/11/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!! She is adorable and weighed only 5 lbs. 10 oz. I will post a picture of her on our Photobucket page. :-)

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Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
What a cutie!  Congratulations smilewinkgrin

peggy113
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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
How's Kai and mom doing, Cece? More pics, please....
Peggy
      
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
They are doing great! Kai caught onto nursing on Day 2, and they came home from the hospital on Day 3. She's been eating every two hours around the clock, and Katie doesn't even look like she had a baby. smilewinkgrin
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


vintageman
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   Posted 11/14/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey all,

Stress will affect the weakest part of your body first, if you have IBD, yes, expect that part of your body to react more to stress, good OR bad, than other healthy parts. It's Catch 22, when we're sick we are stressed, and it's certainly tough to feel calm and relaxed about it to help keep the disease minimized. Whaddya do ?  rolleyes

 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/18/2008 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a quick update... it's been two weeks since I quit my stressful job, and I feel great!! All of the pain I was feeling in my stomach is completely gone, so I have no regrets. No amount of money is worth getting sick over. :-)
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


justjenjen
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
YAY!!! It's always nice to be reassured you made the right decision!

Very cute grand baby! Now, without that stressful job you'll have more time to be Grandma and feel great, too! Oh, and I love her name! --so cute!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/21/2008 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
You know how I said I was going to post a few items to sell on Ebay? Well, I did, and so far, everything has sold! It's so much fun, especially since I get to work in my PJ's. :-)

So, I was chatting with my sister the other day, and she asked me what I was selling. I said, "Oh, just a bunch of stuff I'm not using, like new clothes and ostomy supplies." And, she said, "Well, I hope you wouldn't be selling USED Ostomy supplies!!" tongue We started laughing and came up with a business that my step-daughter (who just had the baby) and I could start. She could sell used diapers and I could sell used ostomy supplies, and we could call our business - We Sell Crap.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


awesomeame
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   Posted 11/25/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
funny, my GI said the exact opposite-that stress is the #1 trigger for crohns lol. i think he's right, every time i'm stressed i feel funny in my gut, even now after my procto-perhaps they are just phantom pains.

i used to be really high strung/not happy/negative, then i watched "the secret" and it totally turned my life around. basically it's all about positive thinking...it's a bit "out there" but i would highly recommend watching it

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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