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   Posted 4/9/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
How much do you think todays politics and perhaps the worlds condition plays on your crohns. This is not a political question and please dont go into detail making this a no no post. I know stress is bad for us and just want to know if or how much you guys fret about the state of things and if you think you could feel better if things were better.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, for one, we are in Real Estate, and it has been 20 months since we have had a paycheck to cover our bills.  I was just diagnosed in November.  I will always wonder if the stress of that brought my Crohn's to a head.  I know that I have to really watch myself with emotions and our finances and the economy in general, and try not to let it get to me. 
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CD diagnosed 11/12/09
Being treated by a Naturopath who himself has Crohn's.

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   Posted 4/10/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I've learned to disregard politics. I rarely watch the news or read a paper. It helps I think. Better mentally for sure!
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,5-asa Asacol, 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 4/10/2010 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. NFS, job pressure took its toll on me too. I was DX just as all was at its worse. Grandp. I hate the news too and dont watch but its everywhere. Anyone you talk to brings up the state of the country , politics or something else bad. I'm thinking of being a hermit.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 4/10/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I do watch the news, I guess in ways you could say I am a news junkie sorta. I did find myself more stressed during the early part of the financial crisis as I work for a large financial company and was worried some about lay offs. But after awhile the stress eased as I realized at least in this case, my senority paid off. Been there 20 years. Who it did affect was the younger employees who came in the door making more than I do. We lost 2 who were in the same position as me out of 14 total. While it might sound like a small number that was just in my branch, hundreds more in the firm did lose their jobs sadly.
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   Posted 4/10/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm what everyone calls me...a worry wart! When I was hospitalized the end of June, some bad personal problems, and lay offs that included me in Sept. it changed my whole perspective....I realized I have NO control over others feelings and actions toward me, the economy, my employment, and sadly this disease.....However, I have some "influence". Probably why I am on the SCD diet. When the rug was pulled out from under me from July through September and I experienced so many of the stresses in life on that stress scale....I sort of just don't care as much....What good did all that worrying do for me? I truly don't know what tomorrow, next month or next year brings..My husband got laid off in Feb. I don't even know where we will be living in 6 months...but it is weird....just realizing I never controlled these aspects in my life, made me focus on what I can control or "influence".

So the stress of this world, politics, economy.....awww I just try to stay informed, let go of what I can't control and be wise...I have my faith, which is most important to me. Because yes Sniper, stress does affect my crohns symptoms....
Diagnosed with CD 2006.  Refused to take meds until recently started Colazal. 
 Currently on Prednisone 40mg. Tapering down, now on 20mg.
Colazal 3xday, Antioxidant strips
 Off of the Prednisone!!
I live by faith and not by sight....

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   Posted 4/10/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I fret constantly about the state of things. I don't think it affects my Crohn's so much as my entire outview on life, which is a negative and at times hopeless one. I don't see how it's possible to have hope for the future with the world the way it is today, but it's probably just me.

For whatever it's worth, I think I would be happier if the world were a nicer place. I don't know.

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   Posted 4/10/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it has a great deal of bearing on how we feel, especially when we are being directly affected. I know I'm stressed,
and I've been sicker than I've been for a long time. Not just with CD, but, with my pancreas and lupus. Oh well...

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
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   Posted 4/10/2010 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Words of wisdom from an unlikely source. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift. Thats why its called the present.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 4/11/2010 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
ehh? my sickest time was when i was the happiest. .. now its just another day . as long as the money is still worth something im ok .

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   Posted 4/11/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
My friend
i really think the ways of the world rests heavy on too many
life has to be kept simple n without all the horrors that go on in world
i cant watch news anymore i either cry or get so stressed it affects me immensely
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   Posted 4/11/2010 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Sniper, I just love your questions. I tried the hermit deal this past week. No TV, no computer news. Hunkerd in at my mother in law's little cottage. (alone)I felt better within 24 hours. Came home late yesterday,and began the big D all over. Messed up the sheets, well you know the deal. I used to think stress was something used to be lazy or complain about. Guess what??? you folks are right!!!!

Mary Lynn

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   Posted 4/11/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had "IBS" symptoms off and on over the years and they seemed related to stress.  When the bad diarrhea, pain, abcess/fistula, weight loss etc (more IBD type symptoms) and all that began, here is what we had just gone thru in our personal life: Bankruptcy/move from house we owned to small rental (with three small children), youngest son developed an autoimmune disorder that caused cyclic fevers every 3-4 weeks of 104-106-which in turn caused febrile seizures, two of which caused him to aspirate and one which caused him to stop breathing and go into respiratory arrest when 19 months old.  He almost died.  At the hospital, in the ER they had a chaplain come to my side.  He was in ICU/hospital for 10 days, over half the stay was touch and go-his systems just going crazy.  Over the course of 8 months he had 12 of the 104+ fevers, 4 ambulance rides and two hospitalizations.  During this time we were also in the middle of a job change and move from our home to a different state where we knew no one.  All the while I became more and more "sick" with this chronic diarrhea, and weight was slipping off.  I let it go and didn't deal with it for a year due to all the other stresses in our life.  It wasn't until last fall that I finally dealt with my health (starting with the fistula, which at the time I didn't realize was part of a bigger picture)  Everything else in our life has settled down (my youngest had his tonsils out and hasn't had a single episode since Sept when he had the surgery-his body was attacking his healthy tonsil tissue for some reason.)  With things settled down, I am still having the same symptoms.  So stress really did seem to play a role in kick starting it all, but the stress decreasing hasn't helped resolve my symptoms.
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