Stress and crohns

by Betty
(SA)

Hi


I have a relative who is living in a stressful environment at home. He has severe crohns disease.

Does stress play a big part in triggering this disease?

Can it be stabilised if he was removed from this situation?

He was diagnosed 3 years ago. But no one knows how it came about. Could stress have been the reason why he got crohns disease?

Desperate for some answers or any feedback

thanks

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Crohn's and Stress. NEW
by: SHEILA BER

Dear sufferer:

Strees indeed increases inflammation in the body in general, and especially in the bowels, when Crohn's is present.

Stress causes a range of imbalances in body systems including hormones, that result in deficiencies of important chemicals that help reduce/eliminate inflammation.

Where there is inflammation there is high bacterial/yeast/fungal growth.

By adapting a correct diet, and eliminating
completely sugars (except HONEY), coffee,
lemons, chocolate, raw milk, fruit yogurt
(except Plain Yogurt), smoking, alcohol
and any food item that may irritate the individual's bowels.

You must use Honey in anything that requires
sugar. No more than a spoon at one time (moderation).

Crohn's disease is very complex, as there are
countless of factors involved. The biggest
factor after stress is VITAMIN D3 deficiency.

I would recommend your son to take 5,000 I.U.
of Vit. D3, 2 times a day, with the meals, and
include a tablespoon of Flax/Omega oil, to help
with max. absorption.

Also to balance the pH in the intestines, take
1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar in 1 cup
water, mix and drink, after a meal.
The vinegar also helps to maintain a healthy microbial flora in the bowels.

For more information, please read my previous
article, that provides more details.

Good luck, and take care,

Sheila Ber.





Stress and Crohn's NEW
by: Annette Young

Hi there,

Thank you for your question. You're absolutely right, stress is a huge factor in connection with Crohn's disease and it can certainly make the symptoms much, much worse.

At one time stress was considered to be one of the reasons why people developed Crohn's disease but in latter years, research has indicated that stress is in fact a trigger and is not the cause.

No one knows for sure why people get Crohn's, there is likely to be a number of reasons however, the most important aspect of having the disease, is learning how to adapt to it and to cope with it.

You don't mention what sort of job your relative has and whether he/she is able to make important changes to the work schedule and if the employers would be happy to bend the work-stream and processes to help support your relative.

Having a good support network is absolutely vital and it can detract from a lot of the stress that is experienced every day and can in a way provide a safety valve.

You say that your relative suffers with severe Crohn's disease? I would assume from this that life is quite difficult certainly at the moment? You may wish to suggest to your relative that stress management techniques should be utilized and this could be anything from basic relaxation techniques and meditation, to taking time out of a busy schedule, even if just for an hour or so a day. This frees up a little time to do things that can defuse the tension and help them to relax. This could be going for a long walk in the countryside, curling up in a quiet place reading a book or in fact any alternate activity that appeals.

Eliminating some of the stress is important and your relative also has to understand that health is important and everybody has a responsibility ability to look after themselves. There is some research currently which states a lack of vitamin D may be partially responsible and so your relatives may find it useful to take a supplement.

Diet is important too, eliminate dairy where possible, do not smoke or drink alcohol, reduce sugars and essentially try to eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of nutrients and with plain mineral water.

This is exactly the type of diet that a Crohn's sufferers should eat and your relative may wish to take a look at any meals consumed regularly as these might highlight indicators for aggressive bouts of Crohn's.

I hope this helps,
Annette Young

Stress and Crohns NEW
by: Cathy

By all means, yes stress is a big factor in crohns. I found that out the hard way,too. I had to start eliminating some of the major issues that were leading to stress: ie: I was able to retire in disability due to being very ill with this disease.
I wish you the best. I do understand. Hang in there.
Cathy

CROHN`S PREVENTION & CURE. NEW
by: Sheila Iris

Vitamin D3 deficiency is a major factor for Crohn's. I take 8,000 - 10,000 I.U. a day,
devided by two, 2x a day.

Try like myself taking the above dosage, but always
with a spoon of Flax or Fish oil, to optimize absorption. Vitamin D will give you energy. Eliminate sugars and replace with Honey
in everything! Honey is a mono-saccharides, and easily
digested by Crohn's afflicted bowels, therefore less
bacterial growth that causes inflammation.
Try also take 1/2 tspn of Manuka Honey, on empty stomach 1 hour before a meal. It heals any wound inside and outside the body!!! It eliminates the common Crohn#s pain!! I tried it when I had
pain from an attack, the pain was gone!($12 a small jar) but lasts for a long time.
SUGARS- IN ANY FORM, IS EXTREMELY HARMFUL TO THE
INFLAMED BOWELS OF CROHN'S SUFFERERS. Use HONEY in everything that requires sweetening.
Try to avoid smoking, and coffee only once a day or every other day!
Instead of coffee, to be alert and awake, put a dash or two of CAYENNE PEPPER
into 1/2 cup of warm water, or into salads, soups, any dishes. It does
wonders! It also takes pain away!!!

Taking 2 Tablespoons APPLE CIDER VINEGAR in 1 cup
warm water, daily, helps tremendously!

I take 1 coated ASPIRIN 82 mg. daily, sometime
every other day, and it helps control the inflammation, with no sound effect! It keeps
the blood thinner due to high ESR associated
with Crohn`s disease, that can lead to strokes
in older fox.

You will not regret implementing the above suggestions, as you are getting
them from a Crohn's sufferer like yourself, who is mature in years, and with
experience, and who has tried everything.
I have many more helpful suggestions for emergency situations.
If you'd like to get the information, you can e-mail me: blueiris0000@yahoo.com

If you don't try, you'll never know...


Check with your G.P. your thyroid level,
and hemoglobin level as well.
You might need Iron pill (better from vegetable
source), www.vitacost.com sells them cheaply - Item #CTL4026594. Take 3 a day with vitamin C - 500-1000 mg, for 3 months.

Chrohn's and Stress NEW
by: Anonymous

I was diagnosed with Crohn's in 1985, and have had 5 surgeries with 8-1/2 ft of intestines removed - so I've had a great deal of time to do my own field research. I've had doctors try to tell me that stress isn't supposed to bother Crohn's - to which I asked them if they have Crohn's, and how they would personally know (they have to reply that they don't know on either count). I believe whole-heartedly that stress (and the management of it) is a large contributing factor to dealing wit Crohn's Disease on a daily basis. Do your best to avoid stress - overworking, bad relationships, etc. and (for me) having a strong faith in Christ has helped immensely. I hope and pray that all of you fellow sufferers out there find relief.

Help for Crohn's
by: Anonymous

Vitamin D3 deficiency is a major factor for Crohn's. I take 8,000 - 10,000 I.U. a day,
devided by two, 2x a day.

Try like myself taking the above dosage, but always
with a spoon of Flax or Fish oil, to optimize absorption. Vitamin D will give you energy. Eliminate sugars and replace with Honey
in everything! Honey is a mono-saccharides, and easily
digested by Crohn's afflicted bowels, therefore less
bacterial growth that causes inflammation.
Try also take 1/2 tspn of Manuka Honey, on empty stomach 1 hour before a meal. It heals any wound inside and outside the body!!! I tried it when I had
pain from Crohn's attack, and the pain was gone.($12 a small jar) but lasts for a long time.
SUGARS- IN ANY FORM, IS EXTREMELY HARMFUL TO THE
INFLAMED BOWELS OF CROHN'S SUFFERERS.
Try to avoid smoking, and coffee only once a day or every other day!
Instead of coffee, to be alert and awake, put a dash or two of CAYENNE PEPPER
into 1/2 cup of warm water, or into salads, soups, any dishes. It does
wonders! It also takes pain away!!!

You will not regret implementing the above suggestions, as you are getting
them from a Crohn's sufferer like yourself, who is mature in years, and with
experience, and who has tried everything.
I have many more helpful suggestions for emergency situations.
If you'd like to get the information, you can e-mail me: blueiris0000@yahoo.com

If you don't try, you'll never know...


Check with your G.P. your thyroid level,
and hemoglobin level as well.
You might need Iron pill (better from vegetable
source), www.vitacost.com sells them cheaply - Item #CTL4026594. Take 3 a day with vitamin C - 500-1000 mg, for 3 months.

Stress and Crohns
by: Anonymous

After serveral years of living a very stressful life, deaths ,loss of job and my home being flooded l was diognosed with this horrible disease.

Over the last 6 months my life began to get back on track and the symptoms became less.

The only medication l have been prescribed since being diognosed is Lanzoprozole for reflux.

I have reflexology every 3 - 4 weeks and have been on homeopathic medication for stress for 2 months, I was even able to lessen the dose over the past 3 weeks.

I also have a diet of foods for aid with inflammation and energy foods (Look on the web)

Until - an elderly relative was admitted to hospital and therefore hospital visits, stressed family members and not sticking to routine is once again taking its toll, stomach ache irregular bowel movements!

I strongly beleive in THREE things

TRY TO AVOID STRESS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
TRY ALTERNATIVE MEDICATION
EAT WELL

I will beat this. Good Luck to you all

ABSOLUTELY
by: Andi - Fort Worth

I find that the majority of the people I talk to with Crohn's are most affected by emotional stress, rather than just physical. With any chronic illness, it is crucial to limit physical stress, get enough sleep, etc. But with Crohn's, I think we have to pay special attention to how we cope with emotional stress. So family stress can absolutely affect Crohn's symptoms. While it would not cause the disease or the flare up, it can definitely influence coping. Learning how to draw boundaries, and other coping techniques may help. I think in the initial stages of learning about your disease, therapy with and LPC or LMFT can be helpful. Yoga has been my godsend!

treatment
by: Anonymous

my son aged 26 was diagonized for crohns disease very recently by syptoms of stomach pain & omit. Part of his small intestine was removed and is under treatment. I want to know whether this will endager the life. Can it be controlled by medecine. What are the medecines applied to treat this disease. Is it contageous? Will it affect his family life.

Awaiting an reply,

Stress is not cause!
by: Anonymous

Stress can increase flare up sure but not the cause.I was in stress when chrons is severe.Now under medication chrons is in control and came out of stress.
good luck!
Hari
India

STRESS
by: Keyoshia

Yes, stress can play a big role in flaring up chrons diease. I have had chrons disease since october 2007. I was stress out alot and my doctor said that stress my have cause it to flare up. But thank God my chrons have been under control for about a year now.

dear stressed
by: tonda

MY SON IS 9 AND HAS CROHNS.THEY TOLD ME ON ONE OF HIS 4 STAYS IN THE HOSPITAL THAT. CROHNS IS IN HARERDED.THEY SAID SOMEONE ON MY HUSBAND SIDE HAD IT OR MINE.WE DONT KNOW OF NO ONE. THEY SAID YOU COULD HAVE IT AND NOT NO IT. YES STRESS WILL CAUSE FLARE UPS.MY SON IS ON REMICADE TREATMENTS NOW.BUT BEFORE THEY GOT HIM FEELING BETTER. IF HE WOULD GET UP SET FROM SCHOOL OR ANYTHING I COULD TELL A DIFFARANCE.HOPE THIS WAS HELPFUL .THANK YOU TONDA.

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