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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 6/1/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Since stress is so bad for our condition what are you all doing about it? I know when I'm super stressed a flair could be around the corner.
Has your doctor put you on any anti anxiety meds etc?
I am trying to keep fit with a good workout routine and taking some natural remedies.

Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 6/1/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Regular exercise is my stress relief and it has tons more benefits as well, including aiding with regular bowel function.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 6/1/2008 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   

We all need a certain amount of stress to function at our peak....just not a constant amount, because it'll have a reverse effect.

Remember that strenuous exercise over and above what your body can endure will trigger autoimmune responses. Moderation is definitely something to keep in mind. Extreme exercise doesn't mean it's better. 

Stress...I have taken antianxiety meds on occasion, but they do promote more depression for me if I've taken them too often. I am on an antidepressant (low dosage).

Trying to get myself more organised and set achievable goals over and above my scheduled appointments...but for a procrastinator, it's!  I need a lot of downtime.  I like to stretch and leap, but within my abilities.

I suggest to not set goals that you cannot achieve, but to  allow yourself many options, set up a good support (emotional or general duties, etc), allow time for yourself/down-time..etc.

Therapy helped me a lot....but general stress and distress where I do have control are different than those in which I don't.

Some natural remedies can promote more anxiety and can also conflict with other meds....just do your homework/research.

Try to keep things in perspective. Not an easy task, always tends to be one step ahead..

Experiment, allow yourself to change your mind, and try to never see yourself as a failure...

It's great you're exercising...I'm working on it and feel better when I do...that's where I do need to "stretch"!


*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 6/1/2008 11:04:40 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 6/2/2008 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I've learned to sort out what I can and can't control in life. If I have no control over it, I've learned to let it go. Most of my excess stress was caused by fretting over things I couldn't control - others behavior, stupid drivers on the road, the world situation, etc.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 1396
   Posted 6/4/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   

I have noticed since diagnosed I can not handle stress the way I use to and I also experience a great deal of anxiety.  I was prescribed Lexapro 20 mg and ativan.  It doesn't take much to stress me out and I am still learning how to accept my limitations.  Even though I am not in a flare and haven't been for some time.  There are still days I don't feel well and am exhausted and tired.  You are not alone.



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