I have relatives visiting for this week, and I'm having lots of stomach pain. I had to skip dinner tonight and just have a piece of toast to give my GI system a rest. I haven't decided yet if I think it's a Crohn's flare, or just bad IBS. I've been under tremendous stress all summer, as my mom is dying from cancer, but I've really coped pretty well. It amazes me though that when I don't feel well and nobody is visiting, I can just take my pain in stride and do the best I can, but it is sooo much more stressful when I have to entertain.My relatives are completely understanding, so I can't blame them...I just HATE feeling sick around other people and having to put on a happy face. I know what to eat and do to deal with my flare, but the stress of dealing with my visitors makes it so hard for me! I just want to curl up in my bed and wait until I feel better, but that would be so rude! Does anyone else struggle with this?
51 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation, probiotics