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11-21-2006, 05:22 PM   #1
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Stress and Your Crohn's

On a scale of 1 to much does stress affect your Crohn's? And what symptoms do you get when you are stressin?

I'd give it a 10...When something starts going on that is stressful, I find myself going straight to the bathroom.
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11-21-2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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12! Pain in the side . . .
11-21-2006, 09:18 PM   #3
Hmmmm... really stressful things (like presenting in front of a bunch of professors) = 10+.

General times of higher stress... ~7
11-22-2006, 01:20 AM   #4
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11-22-2006, 09:25 AM   #5
Oh yeah - sends me straight to the bathroom. I've gotten a stressful phone call, had to put the person on hold and run to the bathroom. I don't get pain, thank heavens.
I'd give it a 10.
11-23-2006, 09:29 AM   #6
I generally get pain in my stomach and back, feel really tired and anxious and then the D starts.

11-23-2006, 04:20 PM   #7
Interesting question this one...

Obviously it looks like stress causes the IBD too flare up a little bit. I have to say that I am grateful not to have suffered any stress in my life, if I was anymore laid back i'd be horizontal I think but maybe its a good think.

Hopefully you guys and gals can try not to let things get you down too much.
11-24-2006, 10:21 AM   #8
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11-28-2006, 02:50 PM   #9
10!My stomach starts hurting and I start feeling like I'm going to vomit.
11-28-2006, 05:19 PM   #10
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I think the answer seems to be pretty similar for most . I found it that it usually would build up. So if I had stress for one day nothing may happen. But if I was continually stressed for a while (or just extremely stressed) then I usually would have a bad reaction to food more easily. This could involve cramps, bloating and on the bad days vomiting.
11-28-2006, 06:40 PM   #11
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A 10 for sure!!
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11-28-2006, 08:18 PM   #12
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It's really weird seeing it on here that it affects everyone so far that has posted. I did talk to my fiance' about stress and his body does certain things when he's stressed as well (D, ect) and he doesn't have IBD.. maybe it's human...maybe it's crohn's?
11-29-2006, 03:00 AM   #13
Also a 10 for me....I start getting terrible pains as soon as I start getting stresses. If my husband and I start arguing about something, I can feel it almost instantly....almost creepy!
12-01-2006, 10:02 PM   #14
used to be a 10 for me when I was flairing... now it will send me to the washroom if its bad enough, and I find that when Im upset the first thing that goes is my apetite now, which was always the opposite for me.
12-01-2006, 10:07 PM   #15
p.s I also notice if Im stressed, scared or upset about something I start to want to fall asleep. lol... when I argued with my ex, I used to start to yawn and could barely keep my eyes open.. needless to say that went over very well. lol
now Im awake all the time, poor Jonny hehe
12-04-2006, 09:13 PM   #16
10 for sure! Stress is evil!!!! Stress is what triggered this for me. Oh my gosh, maybe I'll tell ya all about it one day! But yeah, when I get extremely stressed, which is alot these days I get nauseaus, in the bathroom alot more, foggy headed and so so deppressed so I have to get my spiritual books out to find any kind of comfort and I pray! Plus my lil Poms help too!!!

Then there are times that no matter what I do, I'm suffering and it's way above 10!!!
12-05-2006, 12:22 PM   #17
When I am emotionally upset, it always triggers the classic symptoms of Crohn's pain
for me.

D has never been a problem for me. Throughout my 2 years of the disease it's only been severe constipation from what I think is bad narrowing of the small intestines.

I truly beleive in my heart that the events that I went through before I developed Crohn's either caused the disease or helped trigger it in some way.

I went through 2 really bad relationships, got married to my wonderful wife, lost my mother to colon cancer 2 years ago (she was only 48 years old btw), got custody of my 15 yo brother and sister 21 yo (retarded).

Then I joined the US Army and went through BCT at Fort Benning, Georgia. I was medically discharged because of my lungs.

2 months after leaving the army is when the disease hit me full-force after after mild symptoms 6 months previously.

I am scheduled to have my first intestinal resection Friday December the 8th 2006.

I hope that it takes some of my pain away at least for alittle while and keep me off of prednisone which I have refused so far to take.

BTW, I cannot take Pentasa and I'm allergic to Sulfa drugs. My only treatment choice now is Surgery or pred - 6-MP.
12-05-2006, 04:15 PM   #18
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Bubba- Hope the surgery goes well for you. I had a resection done in 2001 and it helped me for some time. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Let us know how it goes
12-06-2006, 11:49 PM   #19
Stress has a noticeable impact. Of course, it doesn't help that I have finals here next week as well as numerous papers, projects.....
12-07-2006, 12:23 AM   #20
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Hey Bubba. I had a resection in late October of this year and I haven't felt this good in a long time. I know surgery should be a last resort, but in my case I had major inflammation and 90% blockage in one area and I had no choice. There weren't any drugs out there that could fix that. It was my own fault. I didn't go to the doctor for years. I totally agree with you about the impact of stress. I'm on my second marriage and owned a small business for 10 years. I don't think it is a coincidence that my flareups happened during the most stressful times of my life. I wasn't smart enough to realize that I had something seriously wrong with me. I thought all of the pain would all go away if I got rid of the stress in my life. For what it's worth; I would rather go through surgery than another divorce! Stay strong!
12-07-2006, 02:27 AM   #21
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10... When I'm stressed I cannot eat, cannot sleep, and I start feeling nausea and flu like symtoms, and this eventually leads to Crohn's symptoms, fatigue and pain...
12-11-2006, 11:22 PM   #22
10 if I am stressed for more than a couple of days. I get D and stomach pains and cramping. And gas like crazy. I hate it.
12-18-2006, 09:51 AM   #23
Definitely a 10. No questions about it, for me it is directly related.

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