Why did my Crohn's disease made feel like I'm 30 years older ?

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   Posted 8/17/2017 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 23 it already feels like 53, I no longer enjoy things like I used to do, like I was so passionate about programming now it feels like meh while this should be my main job it feels scary to feel this way :/ anyone feels the same? What did you do about it?

Post Edited (Raffi) : 8/17/2017 7:06:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/18/2017 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Facing health challenges can be tough. Even when we have the fju, we all feel like we're 90 yrs. old until we get feeling better again. It's the same with Crohn's. It's so important to be getting the right treatment, so that you can feel the best you possibly can. Hopefully, as you address the symptoms you're having, your zeal for things will return.

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   Posted 8/18/2017 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Try not to judge it when you are feeling the worst, that will never be good. You will feel better and hopefully, there will be times when you don't even realize you have Crohn's. This too shall pass.

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   Posted 8/18/2017 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with what 73monte and Stevo said.
I definitely get those days/weeks/months. As Stevo said, knowing that this will pass helps and seeking help if it gets very severe. I try to find small accomplishments that I can mentally hold onto when I have bad times. And finding and doing things that remind me of who I am w/o the disease. Its not always easy though.

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   Posted 8/18/2017 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys I really appreciate it, You are right but it is too tough and hard on me that one year ago I was like a champ nothing to worry about no meds to remember, go with friends do whatever.
I only say maybe god has something to teach me from this, then I say why god would hurt a person this way for him to learn something isn't there a better way ?
Sorry for being a complainer here but I'm so fed up with what's happening, hope you all doing very good :D

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   Posted 8/18/2017 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
don't worry about complaining! It's the process that many of us go through! Periods of mourning our old lives and figuring out how to continue on. It can be really tough to adjust to remembering medications and things like that. I had a lot of trouble with that in the beginning and going through similar feelings that you are having. But over the years I eventually got used to it (sort of). And honestly the faster you do the better the chance that you will stay well. It was only after my major health crisis last year, I think I took around 13 medications including supplements, some of them 3 times a day that I came to full peace with the medications being a constant part of my life. It was very intrusive but I got used to it and got a schedule. weekly pill sorters are really handy, especially the small ones that I can keep with me. I fill several of them at a time so i don't have to think about filling them for a while. Sometimes I forget here and there but luckily the amount of medications I take has decreased. I am also in my twenties and have had many nurses ask me how on earth i keep up with the meds and the inconvenience of having to take so many because they have trouble remembering to take ones they are on. I usually just laugh about it but It really is about coming to a level of acceptance of the situation you are in. that takes time.

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   Posted 8/19/2017 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you mate for understanding the situation what you said helped me understand that I'm so stubborn to accept what I'm going through.
I think I need to make peace with my self. Hope you doing well.

All the best, Raffi.

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   Posted 8/19/2017 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Raffi, you are spot on with making peace with yourself. It is tough dealing with this mess, no doubt. I was older than you when dx'd. It took me awhile to wrap my head around it all. I had an emergency resection & still stayed in denial for awhile. I think it happens to most of us in the beginning.

But, make your peace & get your symptoms under control. Don't let crohns or any illness define who you really are, you are not being fair to yourself.

Everyone here understands how you are feeling, so don't apologize.
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   Posted 8/19/2017 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Crohn's making me feel like I'm 30 years older than I actually am is one of the main reasons I hate this disease so much. Depression certainly doesn't help with kindling the passion for life either, but then I think I would be less depressed if I didn't have Crohn's - although maybe I'm fooling myself :-/
Dx Crohn's in June 2000. (Yay skull)
Tried: 5-ASAs, azathioprine, 6MP, Remicade, methotrexate, Humira, diets.
1st surgery 20/2/13 - subtotal colectomy with end ileostomy.
2nd surgery 10/7/15 - ileorectal anastomosis. Stoma reversed and ileum connected to the rectum.
Current status: Chronic flare. Do I have any other kind?
Current meds: 50mg 6MP; Entyvio (started 3/11/16)
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