Whether or not stress is the sole cause of the flare, for me it seems to have been somewhat of a factor. But, once I'm in the flare, I need the meds to get out of it. "Relaxing" "yoga" "taking time off" "mellowing out" -- aren't enough.
(BTW, My GI thinks stress is over-rated in CD - tends to downplay it. "Everybody has stress in their lives, but you're sick so let's deal with that..."
I get a little frustrated with family members say "you're just stressed" when I'm flaring. First of all, what's "just" about it? And second of all, it's one part of the situation since Crohn's is a DISEASE -- and if I didn't have it I could become stressed like everyone else and not end up hospitalized and on steroids.
Sorry for the venting, but the point is that whether or not stress is a big factor, it will probably take meds, diet, rest to get it back together.
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
47 years old; single mom to three wonderful kids, ages 12 to 18.