Have You Become Extra Sensitive With Crohn's?

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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know...maybe it's just my age (58), but I'm noticing that I'm all around extra sensitive to just about everything anymore.

When I first got sick I cramped 24/7 for 4 months, before being diagnosed. And had pain for most of my life before then. I just sucked it up and went my way. But the past couple of years I'm finding that I'm really sensitive to pain now. And it isn't nearly the intensity it used to be. If I get a cramp I freak and become a big baby.

And those PETA ads with sorry looking dogs and cats in cages? I can't even watch them. My heart just breaks even if I should have a passing thought of any animal (or bug even) in pain, or cold, or hungry.

If someone wins the lottery I cry because I'm so happy for them. I cannot sing "America The Beautiful" anymore because I can't get through it without my throat locking up and getting all emotional.

When kids go missing I go nuts. That whole "Balloon Boy" thing darned near killed me. Of course it was the next town over from me, which could have something to do with that. But when I though of that little boy being in the balloon I felt so hopeless and horrible.

Anybody else extra sensitive?

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   Posted 2/8/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I am having trouble with the pain now also after so many years. However, I am having my worst flair ever. I think a lot of us get more sensitive as we get older but I think also you should be alert for signs of depression as well as the mood effects of some of our meds like predinisone.

Balloon boy had my heart in my throat also (I too live nearby). I knew it was a fake the moment the boy turned up in the garage. Really made me angry then.

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   Posted 2/8/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I think, for me, it is more aging than the CD. I am still not too affected by animal things...I never was a pet person and still am not so much. However, I am finding patriotic things are getting at my heart strings more (my husband - born on flag day and tears up at anything patirotic- may have had an impact there). I am also overly interested in watching things on the news that are devastating...it is almost a need to feel my heart tugged I guess.
I am thinking that as I age, the more trivial or materialistic things matter less and those things that matter to my heart are more in focus.

Of course, valuing life is more apparent with this DD too.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I think (and research shows) that with illness (any illness), one can be more emotionally "sensitive." I like that word I hope you do not mind if I use it.
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   Posted 2/8/2010 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
For me I think it is a matter of being no longer willing to put up with the pain. I don't think the pain is that much more, I just have had it for so many years that I am now willing to accept the fact that pain meds are necessary and I am willing to take them to get through the pain instead of sucking it up.

Emotionally I have always been a blubber butt. Both my daughters are too, so I guess that just runs in the family. If we are watching TV, its not unusual for one of us to just get up and grab the box of tissues and just start passing them out without even asking. We just know we all will need them.

But the thing that has changed over time is that I am no longer willing to suffer fools and pains. If people are idiots or just being difficult, I will get so upset so fast. Just dealing with the cable company can ruin a morning because they "appear" so helpful, but really all they are doing telling me they can't do what needs to be done. I can stew about things for way too long. I'm thinking it is an issue of prednisone for way too long, but it could be that I know that life is too important to not do things right the first time and be done. Why waste time and energy putting stumbling blocks in peoples way just because you can.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 2/8/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I get very emotional about all sorts of things, don't know if it is because of the Crohns or not, but I know there are songs I cant go through without a tear in my eye and even when watching TV, something can spark me off! And even sometimes when I'm not listening to music or the tele, I can about something and it sets me off.I don't consider myself as an over emotional person normally either, in fact I try not to show my emotions too much at times on a personal level, but there are somethings that set me off and thats me depressed for the day!
I think we just have to keep our chins up and get through every day, day by day somewtimes, whether it be good or bad x
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
questran light (3 sachets/day)

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   Posted 2/8/2010 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have become more sensitive to the ills of the world, definitely, to the point there are days when I don't think I can take another news report about man's inhumanity to man. Over the past decade I would say I've changed rather a lot; during that time my Crohn's has accompanied me, but so has the internet and so has the gradual disappearance of my hopes and dreams :-/

I couldn't possibly say to what extent, if any, Crohn's was responsible. I just have a gut (as it were) feeling that it has made some difference, though, especially in the last five years. Not to be overly pessimistic, but in the last 10 years I feel as though I've been travelling through a dark tunnel of chaos and confusion. Think I might have finally emerged from that tunnel, but on the flip side I've become even more vulnerable and sensitive as a result.

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   Posted 2/8/2010 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I almost think that is why i developed cd, I'm alittle to sensative, about a lot of everything, I also store my sensitivity inside,(not good). I had an ulcer when I was 15, cd at 20. remission free after removing 8ft of diseased small bowel, small little flare 6 yr's latter, then good until 1989, then trauma of broken jaw, twice, surgery to repair that, and wow super bad, I needed another 1ft removed to avoid blockage, then good for years, then broken neck 1991, and flare but no surgery, now I'm on pred. imuran and I'm 59, with girl in college and mortgage, no end in sight, so that emotion is keeping me flareing?  yes as we get older with this disease, I would like to hit the lottery, just to see if finanacial gain would be medical gain as well, i can't tolerate pain at all, i don't try, not worth it give me pain med's if needed. super strict diet, 95% vegan, I do not want to go under the knife, been there way too much in my llife

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   Posted 2/8/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I think like me (I'm 58) it's a double whammy. The disease, and the "age thing". It sucks doesn't it :)

Too many years with CD
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   Posted 2/8/2010 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm only 19 and I'm a huge crier... Very very sensitive. Even more so since the CD I think, because I have more empathy for other people who are chronically ill, and old people. And animals.. Aw now I feel like crying!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin

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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG. I feel the same way. I watch t.v and i see someone crying and i start to cry. I'm on entocort and i honestly think it has alot to do with it. I don't think it's age. I also am more aware of my surroundings and people in general. I work at the hospital and feel a wave of depression when i see people so sick. I wonder. Am i going to be in a hospital bed for months when i get older? Is this all i have to look foward to. If that's the case i don't want to live pass 65

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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Nobody likes a blubbering witch! (Not that I truly am...a witch that is). For me, there are days (caution...pity party here) I am just so dang tired of keeping my "suit of armour" on fighting this disease. Fact is...I'm tired, I'm cranky, I'm in pain and I'm even tired of being tired of myself...sigh! That in itself when it happens, I feel is a perfectly normal response. OF COURSE I'M EMOTIONAL! Who the heck wouldn't be! But, there is a tomorrow and it will get better after a good soul soothing...I'm totally gonna ball my eyes out moment! There, bandaid on, much better now! :)
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones, Carpel Tunnel & POST-menopausal (Hurray)

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   Posted 2/8/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
dunny2 got it in 1, crohnic illness and age. I feel lucky that we all can respond honestly with each other (Group Hug)tongue
Male, 54 years old 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 2/9/2010 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Haha im the polar opposite! Having crohns since i was 14 has made me so hard...i cant cry at all and i cant tolerate weakness in anybody except children...if u are an adult and try complaining about stuff i have to walk away or ill lay into u about crohns and how people suffer daily! So piss off with ur whinning about work! Lol

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   Posted 2/9/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I am like Zanne (LOL I really do think we are twins). I am not more sensitive, but find myself a little more impatient. And I hate it!! Sometimes the pain and Crohns just wears you down and you just get so tired of the little irritating things. Not sure if its age, the disease or what. But I have to work hard to let things slide sometimes. Hugs!
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   Posted 2/9/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Think about how people respond to being injured and it does depend on what stage you are at in that moment. Whether that is being compassionate, angry, or any of the other emotions, but the vernerability that comes with chronically ill will have as varied reactions as we are people. So I think emotional extremes are normal with being ill.
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Make sure your suffering has meaning…

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