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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 4/21/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I just wanted to share a pain relief method I've been using for a long time. This method works for anything that is relieved by relaxation (fissures, cramps, some headaches).
Here it is: tell yourself the pain feels good. I know that sounds incredibly psychotic/masochistic but it works for me. I just lay back and convince myself that the burning, stabbing or throbbing pain actually feels nice and I'm able to relax and make it better.
I actually have a name for this method: Beat the Devil.
I'm not going to write all the discalimers here, but use your common sense and go to the doctor for any new pain or increased severity. But I've avoided pain killers and stress using my method.
Bad fissure Feb 2005. Started Remicade 2006. Fissure #1 healed, now deal with smaller fissure that comes and goes. Clean scope 2009 except for fissure. Also on Pentasa.

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 4/21/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I will give it a try...:)



Dx with UC in 97, hospital stays monthly, tons of blood transfusion, bowel rest on TPN, prednisone, asacol, sulfa,
99- multiple failed remicade treatments, more hosptial stays
finally in 2001 had enough and had total colectomy (j-pouch) surgery, 1st step was good, then the reversal was not such a breeze, got peritinitis and almost didn't make it.
the rest of 2001-2006 were amazing!
now having problems again- they are thinking Crohns.- have been on Humira with no luck

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   Posted 4/22/2010 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad it works for you!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 256
   Posted 4/22/2010 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Since the brain processes pain, and perception has quite a bit to do with how well we cope with it....this can be a very powerful technique. But it has its limits, and not everyone can approach it or gain benefit from it in the same way.

Something that helps you relax in general.....reading a good book, any positive input....can also help quite a bit in my experience. When there's nothing to distract you and you're feeling anxious or overwhelmed, the pain is that much harder to cope with IMHO.
Conditions: Reactive Arthritis (AKA Reiter Syndrome), Crohn's Disease, Chronic Pelvic Inflammatory Syndrome, Sacroiliitis, Costochondritis, As Yet Unknown MS-Like Relapsing/Remitting Neuropathy, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Medications: Currently not that many are taken daily, but there are many at my disposal for part-time use. Low dose pain medication, after years at high doses. Working on innovative ways of taking lesser-known pharmaceuticals and non-prescription supplements to maximum benefit.

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 4/23/2010 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Haha, usually the only way I can cope with the pain when I don't have any painkillers and I'm either out with friends/on a date/at work/etc. where I have to be there is I focus the pain somewhere else. I suppose also masochistic but sometimes you're stuck somewhere and there's nothing you can do about the pain!

So, to try to distract myself from the crazy intense crohn's stomach/back pain, I dig my fingernails into my skin and focus on the pain there. It somewhat distracts me from the "real" pain I guess...

Does that sound horrible? haha...
25 year old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in 2002 after being misdiagnosed with Lyme Disease for a year.  Have been on Prednisone, Asacol, Entocort, and Remicade in the past.
Currently on 100 50 mg of Mercaptopurine.  Just got put back on Asacol and Entocort.  I hate swallowing pills.  5 day hospital stay April '10.  Have to be put on 2 antibiotics and (cry) 40 35 30 mg of Prednisone.  Turning into a walking zombie with the lack of sleep (around 2 hours a night), but at least I've been super productive!
Debating going on Humira...need advice! :P

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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 675
   Posted 4/23/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Ouch Sara! Sounds like trading one for another! But I do understand. Once I had foot pain while I was running but the my knee started hurting. Took my mind off my foot! tongue

I love seeing that 98 people have read my post. Makes me feel great to think I could possibly have helped 98 people, or at least some of you!


Bad fissure Feb 2005. Started Remicade 2006. Fissure #1 healed, now deal with smaller fissure that comes and goes. Clean scope 2009 except for fissure. Also on Pentasa.

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