Mind over Matter? I had a great two outings! (long)

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   Posted 8/14/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
There are times when I feel being nervous about "what can happen" will make my symptoms worse.  But, then there are times when I feel that worry is able to shut everything down and allow me to have a good time. 
It does seem hit/miss, and I haven't figured out what is different between the two worries/results.
Tuesday we had free tickets to an evening game at Turner Field to see the Atlanta Braves play the Chicaco Cubs.  This would be my first MLB game.  Actually, my first baseball game, EVER.  (I don't care for baseball, I prefer football.)  We were guests of GE, a contractor at my Husband's power plant, and he hosted us for dinner at the 755 club, upstairs.  The food and service were great and we sat next to the windows that overlooked the field, with a blue tarp covering the infield because of rain.
Well, halfway thru dinner, they canceled the game due to rain, but would honor that evenings' tickets for the next day at 1pm when the teams would play.
Anyhow, driving in that evening, I braved riding in our friend's van with them, their two kids (9yo boy, 13yo girl) and Hubby and I.  We took extra clothes and cleaning supplies, but we didn't need them...I had NO bathroom problems that evening!  I still had about 16 bathroom trips for that 24hr day, but none during the hours we were with our friends.  about an hour and a half after we got home, they ramped back up, but I was GOLDEN while we were out!
So, for Wednesday, our friends and Hubby decided to play hookey from work yesterday AND collected the kids in the afternoon so we could all go see this 1pm make-up game.  AND...we rode with them again.  *bit nails*  I only had to ask for one bathroom stop (gas) and all was well.  I still had numerous (17) bathroom trips for the 24hr day, and had to use the facilities at Turner Field several times, but it was controllable. 
We had great seats, about 8 rows behind the Braves dugout in a direct line from 3rd base to Home.  I cannot believe how much I enjoyed the outing.  Mostly for the outing, doing something different, being with our friends and Hubby and taking in the 'atmosphere' at the ballpark.  I am glad I was able to stave off any problems with my symptoms and have a great time.
I had a similar experience several years ago when Hubby and I attended the American Tour performance of the Spanish Lippizan Stallions from Vienna commemorating the 60th Anniversary of their rescue during WWII.  NO bathroom problems while out for that evening.  Within 30min of arriving at home, symptoms hit with their usual frequency/urgency.
Why can't I do that every day?

I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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   Posted 8/14/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree, but for me if the flare is severe enough then it doesn't matter what is or isn't going on around me...however, that said, last weekend I was able to enjoy the whole weekend away to watch my son participate in the Alberta summer games and because I'm feeling somewhat better (still flaring of course) my butt behaved well enough for me...thank goodness the baseball diamond had flush toilets.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 8/14/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
The mind and the gut are connected, I've learned that over the years. I can literally sit in a restuarant somewhere and worrying about my stomach, then suddenly it starts to cramp up! It can be a mind game, trying to relax and not thinking about.

Sometimes I think it's just luck, and I enjoy those lucky days of when it behaves for me. LOL But like pb4, if I'm in a bad enough flare, no amount of positive thinking and keeping my mind busy will work. Those are the days I try to stay home!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down again at: 1mg now, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/15/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I can definitely shut off a minor flare at will. I have to do it alot in business.

I also realize I'm one of the lucky ones. I haven't had any SERIOUS flares since the initial one.
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 

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   Posted 8/15/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I think adrenaline can work for us as well as against us. For example, leading up to a job interview I will have D. But once I get in there and am super nervous it becomes fight or flight and my digestive system just shuts down and I feel better. Not always, but lots of times.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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