Crohn's Disease and Stress

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Crohn's Disease and Stress

By: Ed Kalski

It was so tough in those early years. Not knowing what was wrong. I didn't know what to think. Was I going crazy? The doctor said I have a nervous stomach. I'm not a nervous person.

Then I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Even though it's a chronic disease without a cure, it was a relief to know what was wrong. But then the reality set in. How was my life going to change?

And change it did. In 1985 I was admitted into a hospital suffering from a stomach obstruction. A surgeon had to remove a foot and a half from my small intestines. The pain was terrible. I never, repeat never , want to go through that pain again. Ever.

After going through the pain of an operation, knowing that people with Crohn's Disease can have more than one operation, I couldn't help but wonder what I could do to help my situation? It occurred to me that, in the least, I could learn to handle the stress from the disease and the stress from life itself. I knew that stress, in and of itself, could cause my symptoms to worsen.

No, the stress didn't cause Crohn's Disease, but it sure could affect the amount of pain I would experience. I knew it was possible for me to deal with my stress better than I had dealt with it in the past. Before the operation, I was fairly motivated to work at controlling my stress. After the operation, I was highly motivated. I was determined to do everything in my power to improve my situation.

So how could I handle life's stress better? I had to learn what I could about dealing with stress and to then develop the necessary skills to make it happen. I learned about the close relationship between relaxation and stress relief. I learned to meditate, I learned to set reasonable expectations about my life and desires, and I learned to be more objective about what was happening to me physically and mentally.

I've come to the conclusion that people with Crohn's Diseases can do a lot to help themselves with the stress in their life. Not only can we do a lot to help ourselves, but we can also get support from loved ones as well as others going through the same circumstances.

I have three steps to offer others to help them control the stress in their lives. The first is to learn to meditate, the second is to learn visualization and the third is to get support.

By watching my emotions closely, I could know quickly when the stress in my life was building up too fast. I could then take a little time to meditate. I learned the different strategies of meditation and found one that worked good for me.

In addition to meditation, I learned visualization. Whenever I felt myself getting stressed out, I could visualize myself at St. Simon Island, a place I love and go to once a year. Just thinking of the different locations on the Island, I could feel myself relax. And with practice I've got quite good at visualization.

Finally, there's the Crohn's Disease message boards on the internet. What a wonderful resource they are. To be able to talk with people who are going through the same situation. You can't put a price on that. It's invaluable. I highly recommend everyone with Crohn's Disease to use this resource.

I believe that anyone with Crohn's Disease (or any chronic disease) can improve their life by taking the time to learn and implement the three part strategy I've outlined above. It's has worked wonderfully for me and I believe it can work for others as well.

About The Author

Ed Kalski has had Crohn's Disease for over 25 years. He has created a website for people with Crohn's Disease that provides a lot of valuable information and links to many resources.

Visit the website at: http://www.crohns-disease-and-stress.com.

Comments

Man-formerly-know-as-a-Soldier 25.02.2013. 02:57

Anyone care to comment on how to manage a Crohn's Disease flare up? I don't have Crohn's Disease first. A friend of mine has it pretty bad, been diagnosed and been put on some medication. I was just wondering if anyone know's other ways to manage the pain during a flare up. She said she can only take Tylenol when pain starts, which in my opinion is good for head aches and stuff, but with the way she describes the pain I doubt it helps at all. Obviously, I know a doctor could prescribe her some more effective pain medications. I was just asking if anyone had any tips on some at home techniques that you have heard helps to some degree. Like when you sprain an ankle or something and you put an ice pack on it, something along those lines just to make it a bit more bearable. Seems sometimes you can find little home remedies here and there for different things, just something someone might have found helps them. I have researched it a little bit and it seems that a lot is still largely unknown about Crohn's Disease and the treatment techniques that I have heard from her are semi-effective, which leads me to believe two people can have Crohn's Disease can have flare ups for two different reasons (like one person eat spicy food or one person eat seafood). I think it varies on the degree the triggers and what eases it from person to person. Just my theory, I'm definitely not a doctor or anything just trying to see if I can collect some advice from you all. Thanks in advance.

PS. Don't bother replying if your answer is "Tell her to go to her doctor". Obviously she has been going and is having regular medical attention.

Man-formerly-know-as-a-Soldier

Admin 25.02.2013. 02:57

If your friend is looking for something other than an over the counter pain medication she should look at a natural product I take, AloeElite. It is all natural, has no negative side effects, is a natural anti-inflammatory and works to heal internally. When the digestive track is no longer inflamed and ulcerated the pain will subside. Investigate AloeElite, I take it every day and I'm healed of my Ulcerative Colitis and digestive problems. They offer information on Diet, stress management and health and wellness. Best of luck!

Admin

Jaclyn 20.01.2013. 15:53

Can being with a certain person actually make you physically ill? I don't mean like after weeks or whatever.. I mean like even just talking to them you get sick at your stomach, nausea, vomiting, and flushed feeling (not in a good way) I am split up from my husband bc I feel smothered and his passive agressive behavior and neediness and clingyness are just making me resent him. I have a crohnic stress induced gastrointestinal disease (crohns disease) and I have been sick since we met. Well, I kicked him out a week ago and instantly felt better. My symptoms are GONE. They are coming back now as I am starting to talk to him and reconsider. Is it possible he is making me sick? And if so, is this a problem of his or mine? And is their hope? He's an amazing man, willing to learn, and good father to my kids.
Of course I have talked to him. And let me add it's not his cologne because this happens just from talking on the phone even!

Jaclyn

Admin 20.01.2013. 15:53

its psychosomatic. you are winding yourself up with the anxiety and thoughts, which is then making you suffer physically. anxiety can make you feel sick and it can make you feel like you are having a heart attack.

Admin

Tracy F 28.06.2008. 12:45

What are the benefits and drawbacks of homeopathic medicine for Crohn's disease? My daughter was recently diagnosed with Crohn's. She is experiencing some pain in her gut, gets tired and sometimes has joint pain.

Tracy F

Admin 28.06.2008. 12:45

My son was diagnosis with Crohn's disease over 2 years ago. the doctor wanted to put him on Humira (after experimenting with several other drugs) which is anexpensive drug with life threating serious side affects. We did some research and wanted to take a new approach to combat His problem. This is what we found out. The liver is producing too much bile that is toxic to the digestive tract. The types of foods you need to eat are those that DO NOT create excessive acid or bile that help in digestion (simply put). The bile is normal unless it is in large quanity or toxic, the acid attacks the food as well as intestinal linings of your stomach
Your body is high in toxins that you need to remove and stop feeding into the problem by the foods you consume and an overactive liver.

1.) "Foods to eat" : water purified, fish, eggs, potatoes,rice, white bread,meat ground up fine or chewed well, skinless chicken cut fine, tortillas, broth, noodles plain with a little butter, plain yogurt with no extra ingredients, Goats milk or rice milk(rice dreams-Walmart) cherrios rice crispies or chex, plain oatmeal and 'most important' 5x/day at each meal and as a snack, legume's black beans, kidney, pinto, buttered,refried, with no lard or spices except salt to start. Sunshine calcium and D'3, Iron supplements(in moderation)
if you are anemic.
2.) "Foods to avoid!": fruit juice,dairy!,milk (hardest to digest, a cow use 4 stomachs!) chips!,processed foods of any kind, fast food of any kind, soda ,msg,sugar,corn, corn syrup,corn sweeteners,wheat products,sweeteners of any kind, coffee, teas,sauces, read the back labels (you are going to be surprised) for added ingredients any thing thats added, adds to your body's toxic level. NO artificial sweeteners. foods that produce too much acid to break down the foods you eat. No alcohol of any kind NO Tabacco. pork, fatty foods.
3.) 'Foods to eat': in moderation after you stop bleeding and start gaining weight or are having no discomfort : certain fruits,steak,venison, peanut butter or almond butter, more plain oatmeal A multi-vitamin with minerals with 100% RDA (not large dose's of any vitamins and 2x daily ,use shaklee as the bench mark for comparison ) of all of the B's, hard cheese, soy milk,well cooked vegetables" Psyillium powder".
4.)The beans,psyillium powder and oatmeal are a soluble fiber that absorb bile and remove the toxins in your body,then the liver will produce more bile but less toxic(simplified for lack of space).
5.)This is not an all inclusive list and your Doctor will disagree with the elimination of drugs, all removal of drugs should be done slowly if you decide to stop taking them, but they will add to your body's toxic level as you continue take them. which will make your Crohn's worse and make you susceptible to other more serious disease's. I am not a specialist in any field or giving medical advice. I also hired KarenHurd.com at a fraction of the cost to teach my son to diet properly but you can go to her web site and get free information, but I recommend you pay her for a short time to get you healthy and on a routine faster. She has a very high success rate. Stress will make it worst so exercise and relax. Most importantly Faith, Hope, and Prayer, you will get better. God is faithful what ever the results. E-mail me if you have any questions and I can help. I don't know if you have crohn's but changing your diet could help you and most of us in America because of the poor nutrition we unknowingly subject ourselves too. Ibs and colitis is similar but the diet still apply's. Routine and a little bit of self disipline and you will be drug free and have more money in the pocket. You may have other complications with the Crohn's because you are now susceptible to all kind of complication's and other disease's because of the medicine you take!

Admin

Karrie 11.06.2011. 18:06

Is it illegal to keep a sick employee at work? Usually when I don't feel well at work I just tuff it out and stay there but yesterday I really couldn't. I have crohn's disease and ive told my manger about before but I guess she doesn't seem to care. Long story short I made a fool of my self by crying in front of other coworkers and costumers, had to go to the bath many times, and made myself sicker by stressing about that I couldn't go to work today.

Karrie

Admin 11.06.2011. 18:06

HAHAHAHAHA you cried?????? Oh thats funny, major fail on your part, and no its not illegal, your manager thought you were well enough to work and you were. You just made yourself look like a fool, good job girl.

Admin

adnie25 05.02.2007. 01:13

Question for poeple who have or have had experience with Crohns disease? Ive had Crohns disease for about 7 years now and have been in remission for about 5 years and if I stick to my diet I live pretty much symptom free, except for always being fatigued!
I have been to my dr a few times and have ruled out all the common fatigue symptoms like thyroid and my b levels, but im thinking that it may very well be my crohns disease.

Does anyone else who has been diagnosed with crohns experience fatigue all the time?

adnie25

Admin 05.02.2007. 01:13

Hi Adnie

Here is some info and remedies to help with your condition.

Causes
Crohn's disease can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor diet and nutrition, food allergies, imbalanced levels of hydrochloric acid, impaired immunity, infections, lack of exercise, "leaky gut" syndrome, pharmaceutical drugs, and stress.

Note:
Pharmaceutical Drugs: The following drugs can all cause and exacerbate various gastrointestinal disorders, including Crohn's disease: Accutane, Alka-Seltzer Antacid and Alka-Seltzer Pain Reliever, Anturane, Genuine Bayer Aspirin, Bayer Plus Aspirin, Bayer Regular Strength Enteric Aspirin, Bufferin Analgesic Tablets and Caplets, Ceptaz, Clinoril, Cuprimine, Ecotrin Enteric Coated Aspirin, Feldene, Ilosone, Lamprene, Leukine for IV Infusion, Lopid, Marplan, Meclomen, Novantrone, Paraplatin, Piroxicam, Prokine I.V. Infusion, Retrovir, Rynatuss, Supprelin Injection, Suprax, Ticlid, Tolectin, Toradol IM Injection, Trecator-SC, Trilisate, and Voltaren.

Quick Action Plan for Crohn's Disease


1. Diet is of primary importance. Avoid all sugars, refined flour products, and carbohydrates, milk and dairy products, processed foods that contain preservatives and artificial sweeteners, alcohol, hydrogenated and trans-fatty oils, as well as foods that are common allergens.

2. Emphasize organic, fresh vegetables and non-citrus fruits, organic grains, as well as organic, free-range meats and poultry and wild-caught fish.

3. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day. Gallon a day if you can.

4. Enema containing butyric acid two to five times a week. (Add one tablespoon of butyric acid to one quart of warm water.) Do a Colon Cleanse to clean out the toxins in the body. A liver cleanse will help new blood penetrate the sick areas and help the healing process.

5. Supplements with vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, taken with a multivitamin/multimineral formula. Essential fatty acids, especial omega-3 oils, are also recommended.

6. Stress reduction through the use of various mind/body medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, meditation and relaxation exercises.

7. If you smoke, stop and if you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, consider replacing them with safer, more effective natural remedies.

8. Soothing baths two to five nights and alternating hot and cold water packs placed over the stomach and upper abdomen.

9. Juice remedies include aloe juice; wheatgrass juice; cabbage, papaya, and carrot juice; and carrot, beet, and cucumber juice.

10. Juice of half a lemon with warm water, especially in the morning.

11. Allow yourself to receive emotional support to help you embrace some of the common underlying issues identified with Crohn's, such as abandonment, anger, disappointment and rage, which often settle in the gut. Seek out a therapist or other skilled practitioner that can guide you through emotional healing work.

Herbal Medicine: Useful herbs include agrimony, bayberry, chamomile,geranium, goldenseal, lemon balm, marshmallow root, peppermint, plaintain, wild yam, and valerian. The traditional herbal remedy Robert's Formula is also recommended, consisting of comfrey, Echinacea, geranium, goldenseal, marshmallow root, poke root, slippery elm, and wild indigo.

Best of health to you

Admin

Mmm 10.03.2012. 18:48

Can worrying about diarrhea give you diarrhea? I usually end up getting it once and awhile with my period (which i know is normal). but then i start to worry about getting it again, or worrying about having crohns disease, i freak out then continue to get it.

it seems like when i stop worrying, it doesnt happen.

Mmm

Admin 10.03.2012. 18:48

Your right, it is normal for women to get diarrhea during their period and especially women with crohns disease. Stress can definetely aggravate the condition. You can try stress reduction techniques like meditation, deep breathing, listening to relaxing music, etc. You should also check out AloeElite, it is a wonderful product I take for my IBD/ Ulcerative Colitis and it is a natural potent anti-inflamatory and heals the internal lining of any ulcerations and helps to eliminate the diarrhea. The AloeElite site has info on diet (you want to avoid food that intensifies diarrhea) and stress reduction info too. Good Luck!

Admin

Coltsfan007 24.02.2010. 18:09

Colitis and Crohns disease stop me from being a detective? I am taking tests to see if i have Colitis or Crohns i am showing many signs of either one. i am 17 years old and i am planning on being a detective when i grow up will having either of these diseases stop that from happening. Is there a rule were you cant be a detective/cop cause of it.

Coltsfan007

Admin 24.02.2010. 18:09

Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
My son was diagnosis with Crohn's disease over 2 years ago. the doctor wanted to put him on Humira (after experimenting with several other drugs) which is anexpensive drug with life threating serious side affects. We did some research and wanted to take a new approach to combat His problem. This is what we found out. The liver is producing too much bile that is toxic to the digestive tract. The types of foods you need to eat are those that DO NOT create excessive acid or bile that help in digestion (simply put). The bile is normal unless it is in large quanity or toxic, the acid attacks the food as well as intestinal linings of your stomach
Your body is high in toxins that you need to remove and stop feeding into the problem by the foods you consume and an overactive liver.

1.) "Foods to eat" : water purified, fish, eggs, potatoes,rice, white bread,meat ground up fine or chewed well, skinless chicken cut fine, tortillas, broth, noodles plain with a little butter, plain yogurt with no extra ingredients, Goats milk or rice milk(rice dreams-Walmart) cherrios rice crispies or chex, plain oatmeal and 'most important' 5x/day at each meal and as a snack, legume's black beans, kidney, pinto, buttered,refried, with no lard or spices except salt to start. Sunshine calcium and D'3, Iron supplements(in moderation)
if you are anemic.
2.) "Foods to avoid!": fruit juice,dairy!,milk (hardest to digest, a cow use 4 stomachs!) chips!,processed foods of any kind, fast food of any kind, soda ,msg,sugar,corn, corn syrup,corn sweeteners,wheat products,sweeteners of any kind, coffee, teas,sauces, read the back labels (you are going to be surprised) for added ingredients any thing thats added, adds to your body's toxic level. NO artificial sweeteners. foods that produce too much acid to break down the foods you eat. No alcohol of any kind NO Tabacco. pork, fatty foods.
3.) 'Foods to eat': in moderation after you stop bleeding and start gaining weight or are having no discomfort : certain fruits,steak,venison, peanut butter or almond butter, more plain oatmeal A multi-vitamin with minerals with 100% RDA (not large dose's of any vitamins and 2x daily ,use shaklee as the bench mark for comparison ) of all of the B's, hard cheese, soy milk,well cooked vegetables" Psyillium powder".
4.)The beans,psyillium powder and oatmeal are a soluble fiber that absorb bile and remove the toxins in your body,then the liver will produce more bile but less toxic(simplified for lack of space).
5.)This is not an all inclusive list and your Doctor will disagree with the elimination of drugs, all removal of drugs should be done slowly if you decide to stop taking them, but they will add to your body's toxic level as you continue take them. which will make your Crohn's worse and make you susceptible to other more serious disease's. I am not a specialist in any field or giving medical advice. I also hired KarenHurd.com at a fraction of the cost to teach my son to diet properly but you can go to her web site and get free information, but I recommend you pay her for a short time to get you healthy and on a routine faster. She has a very high success rate. Stress will make it worst so exercise and relax. Most importantly Faith, Hope, and Prayer, you will get better. God is faithful what ever the results. I don't know if you have crohn's but changing your diet could help you and most of us in America because of the poor nutrition we unknowingly subject ourselves too. Ibs and colitis is similar but the diet still apply's. Routine and a little bit of self disipline and you will be drug free and have more money in the pocket. You may have other complications with the Crohn's because you are now susceptible to all kind of complication's and other disease's because of the medicine you take!
I wrote this in 2008 and spoke with him today and He has been drug free and symptom free for 4 years.
Please try the diet and live free and healthy.

Admin

KP 29.01.2010. 00:47

Looking for diseases that affect digestive systems for project? I am doing a 1day project and im missing diseases that affect the digestive system (or just kidney or others).

Thanks.

KP

Admin 29.01.2010. 00:47

Celiac disease is the injury to the upper intestine by an allergy to gluten, found in bread.

Crohn's disease is an inflammation of the bowels.

Pouchitis is the inflammation of the upper bowel pocket.

Ulcers are holes in the stomahc lining caused by stress, or other environmental factors.

Admin

Aaron 04.03.2011. 20:32

My grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis in the liver, could it be genetic? I'm really concerned that I may inherit this gene if its gentic.

I know my Grandmother has consumed a lot of alcohol over the years (although does not have a drink problem). She is 65 and has had a liver problems for some time. The kidneys have also been effected.

I'm just worried that its the genetic form of the disease and its putting more stress on me.

Just to let you know my brother has Crohn's disease so I wonder if this is an indication.

Aaron

Admin 04.03.2011. 20:32

yes see your question from 2 days ago i answered Hereditary (familial) amyloidosis. As the name implies, this form of amyloidosis is inherited. This type often affects the liver, nerves, heart and kidneys.

Admin

C G Pop 22.02.2009. 04:20

Can I be harmed by having too many intravenous lines? I just returned from a week in hospital where I had two IV lines. I am scheduled for Remicade transfusions. I just had two blood transfusions.

Could all these needle transfusions hurt my veins?

Also my arm has been very stiff for a few days since leaving hospital could it be from the IVs?

Bowel Resection for Crohns Disease and Prednisone Taper is done (finally)

C G Pop

Admin 22.02.2009. 04:20

The IVs would cause the stiffness to your arm. That's to be expected. But you are a long way from having too many IVs. I have been ill for over 15 years and at one time was in hospital for a little over a month with much more than you have experienced in your week. Try to relax. Your stress is hindering your progress. Put your trust in your caregivers and rejoice for every procedure that goes well. Smile:)

Admin

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