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   Posted 1/20/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
No surprise, but I find that when I can maintain a good attitude about CD, I am much better off symptomatically. Sometimes I get into the negative spiral and it's hard to get back out. The mind is powerful, especially when you see that around 30% of folks will respond to placebo based on belief.

Does anyone else find that a positive outlook helps them symptomatically? If so, are there any tricks to getting the mind right??
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   Posted 1/20/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not always so good at this, but I find that being grateful for small things can help turn me around on a not so good day. Even if it's something like a phone call with a friend or a little bird that comes to the feeder- just taking a moment for that can often lift my mood.

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   Posted 1/20/2010 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I can see the virtue in what you're doing, but I would still be cautious of the long-term dangers of casting certain thoughts and attitudes in your mind as "good" or "right" (to use your own words).

There is a place for negativity - sometimes it's just plain realistic :-) - and you can place a huge burden on yourself by always trying to respond in a "good" or "right" way. This, in turn, can put extra stress on the body which can end up worsening symptoms...

Mind training is good, and it can be helpful not to wallow :-), but it's important to be honest and genuine with ourselves too, because acting out the role of a "good patient" can end up being detrimental to our physical and mental health.

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   Posted 1/21/2010 2:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Positive affermations are well known to produce good results, the hard part is to be consistant. jesflr337 really nailed it, writing a gratitude list first thing in the morning gets your mind on a positive bend. Nothing huge try writing 5 things each morning and feeling grateful about each one!
Male with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003.Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control.5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing I do is try and put a positive spin on situations and laugh at myself ;-) I find if I can do that I can get through it, not always easy, but it helps.
35 year old Female

Entocort EC 9mg per day and Remicade

Tried Remicade 2 yrs ago for about a year and a half and loved it, got off it due to costs, tried Humira and it just didn't work for me so now back on Remicade.

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   Posted 1/21/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
this might be possible OT. But after seeing people survive some pretty rough stuff on here, I take heart in that I could survive it too.
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