Before that I was working 7 days a week and averaging 10+ hours a day and did this for about 6 years. I'm 31 and have given up a large portion of my 20s to building, stressing, and growing a business. Everyone's been encouraging me (family, friends, colleagues) to take a step back and I've been slowly trying to take that advice.
Then this.... I really can't take it. Seriously if the rest of my life is going to be characterized like the last 4 weeks I couldn't even golf. I can't work out.. Today I can't even walk to the #($*&ing coffee shop for a bagel, let alone get off the couch.
A stressful lifestyle, working too hard, not taking care of yourself and (probably) not eating right all can contribute to IBD or make it worse. There are alot of Type A personalities here. It's very important you use this downtime to reevaluate your lifestyle, learn all you can about
IBD and allow yourself time to rest and heal. There are alot of options out there for natural healing, reestablishing a healthy digestion and increasing your level of overall health and well-being, but you've got to stop long enough to investigate, learn and put into practice. Your body is desperately sending you a message that something's wrong. It's up to you to decide how to respond.
You are not destined to feel as bad as you do now for the rest of your life. There are many of us here who have found the right combination of meds, diet, probiotics and other supplements to turn our situation around and achieve long-term remission. I look and feel better now than I did ten or twenty years ago and I'm definitely taking MUCH better care of myself. I'm sorry it took a serious disease to wake me up.
Again, you are going to have to be patient. Until you have a firm diagnosis, you don't know what you're really up against or how to respond to it. Even once you know your diagnosis, it takes time to heal.