when I get tired I flare...

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   Posted 6/16/2010 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope everyone is well, I just wanted to ask if this happens to you too: one day I feel good, I start doing some housework i.e. ironing, washing the dishes, doing the floors, you know, everything a household requires to stay clean.  Then the next day, I'm completely exhausted.  I get stomach cramps, nausea etc.  It's like when I push myself too much I pay for it next day.  This also happens if I don't get enough sleep (i.e. approx. 7 hours at night).
Yesterday couldn't sleep, I have so much stress building up from many things in my life, so I was up in the kitchen midnight arranging and cleaning everything, and went to bed at 2 in the morning.  Woke up 6.15' and now I feel like xxxxxx.
Just wanted to hear your opinion on this.  Am I the only lucky one who feels this?  Should I leave the house in dirt?  I feel so guilty of not being able to do what other 36 year old women do....

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   Posted 6/16/2010 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
This absolutely happens to me too. I have two weeks left of school (I teach kindergarten half days) and I am teetering on that edge of flaring. If I get too stressed or do too much I definitely feel the effects. I make the effort to catch a nap in the afternoon, or at least lie down in front of the TV for an hour. When I am busy with some things I let other things go. I order dinner for the family instead of shopping and cooking. I leave the laundry for a day. It doesn't take much to tip over the edge, but it also doesn't take much to conserve a bit of energy.

As far as I am concerned, you are right in thinking that pushing yourself too hard has an effect on your Crohn's ... so take it easy. When you feel good add only 1 thing to your normal day, because maybe the next day you will feel good and can do the same. Don't feel guilty, because you know that if you are not careful you could end up being able to do nothing at all.

Take care.
45 years old. Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's in April 2005. Hiatus hernia diagnosed in 2008. Had Crohn's under control until March last year when I had a major flare up and ended up in hospital. Diagnosis is now CD and IBS. Getting it under control again.
Currently taking: Salofalk 2000 mg, Nexium, Calcium and Vitamin D, Matamucil, Yogurt for probiotics, Salofalk suppositories as needed.

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   Posted 6/16/2010 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I personally do not call it a flare per say. But lack of sleep and too much stress will cause my anxiety to ramp up and that will cause me to have more frequent d and some nausea. I have learned to quiet these days down with the help of my Xanax. Good luck!
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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!
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   Posted 6/16/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes definately feel worse generally if I overdo it and overdoing it is a normal day for most people. Get mad when I can't get that little bit extra done. Worse still is doing some overtime (yes I do know I am lucky to be well enough to hold down a job) and then paying big time the next day. Trouble is no one at work really understands what Crohns feel like and how it affects me. the answer to it all is pace yourself.

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   Posted 6/16/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I always feel worse when i'm tired or don't get enough sleep or over do it.

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   Posted 6/16/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto Roni. I always feel worse when I over do it. Memorial Day weekend here in the states was a killer for me. On top of being busy I was taking allergy meds -- zzzzzzzzzzzzz tired all the time! Running to the BR too.

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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I get this way too.  I feel so fatigued and my body hurts all over.

Crohn's Disease for 18 years.. 1st Resection June 2009 developed anastomostic leak and EC fistula. 2nd Resection, April 1, 2010-to fix leak and fistula-feeling fabulous now.  Taking 100mg Imuran for maintenance. 

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   Posted 6/16/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
When I get tired or over do things I get what I can only describe as flu symptoms. I need to rest before I can get back to normal. Normal life and work are a struggle, add that to household chores and gardening. Phew
Diagnosed 2005.  41 year old female living in UK
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, Vitamin B12 injections, anti depressants

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   Posted 6/16/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I find that when I get tired, I actually get VERY VERY tired -- it's like another category altogether. Usually comes with CD and flu-like symptoms. And, takes longer to bounce back.

Take it easy everyone!
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.

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   Posted 6/16/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
that happens to me too, one reason why my house isn't always spotless. and add to it my 8 month old is teething. :S I've done a lot the last week and this week I've been paying for it. constant bloody D... *sigh*
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Pentasa 6x daily, Imuran 50 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine

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