Weather and Crohn's


(north east Ohio)

I have a question and I would like some feedback. I have had Crohn's for 10 years now. My attacks would come and go over the years. I think the longest I would stay active with out getting it under control was 8 weeks. I just moved to Ohio and it is very cold with lots of snow. Since I moved I my Crohn's is out of control now. I have been hospitalized for it. I had not been hospitalized since 1996 when they found it. The point I am trying to get to is this... My new GI doctor said that it was weather related. I had never heard of this. I have been told it is a auto immune disorder. So is my new doc crazy or is there some merit to what he is saying? Has anyone heard of this?

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Weather and Crohn's
by: Madison

I'm from Massachusetts and that's something I've noticed as well. My Crohn's symptoms started showing late January/early February before I was diagnosed. Every year, I seem to flare when our weather is at its coldest (generally January to March) and in late August through October, when the weather starts to get cooler in comparison to the summer.

Weather Related
by: Anonymous

I always have the flare ups in late Febuary and Late March.. So every year I see it in the early months. I have always noticed if a storm is coming in the summer and the wind picks up speed its like a germ gets inside me and starts the flare.

Help Please
by: Anonymous

Im really catching it this summer my flare-ups are taking controll of my life. I can't go anywhere confined to the restroom. Life is so stressful dealing with CROHN'S....

Chrons tips?
by: Anonymous

Ive had Chrons disease for a little over a year now, and I noticed when I originally got diagnosed it was the worse ( and it just so happened to be in winter) I also live in Wisconsin. Through most over spring summer and fall it was under control, but now that its December and getting colder Im noticing my flare up are more frequent and more painful! Ive been hospitalized for it 4 times in the last year and am still trying to find a comfort level with it. I.e. foods, drinks, medicines, sleep habits, activities Im starting to get better with it. Im only 23 years old, and my DR said surgery is a possibility but Im on a few trial medicines right now, any tips on how to control these flare ups? Because Ive been taking 30mgs of oxycodone daily to combat the pain, and I dont want that to become an issue also! Please feel free to email with advice klally12@hotmail.com MUCH APPRECIATED!!!

October is no fun...
by: Anonymous

I've had Crohns for 25 years and over the last 8-10 years I've had a flare up in October when the weather in Oklahoma starts to change. I usually start feeling better after a few months. I've brought it up to my doctor and he thinks it's just a coincident but after reading the comments here I think I'm going to push a little harder for answers

weather
by: Melissia

I moved from NC to WA state my chron's had been in remission for 11 years the in November of 2009 the Chron's came out of remission and put me in the hospital which resulted in major surgery and left me with an ileostomy bag now. As you all know Washington state gets a lot of rain. My question is does rain have a major impact on Chron's? Would love to know the answer to this.

weather
by: Melissia

I moved from NC to WA state my chron's had been in remission for 11 years the in November of 2009 the Chron's came out of remission and put me in the hospital which resulted in major surgery and left me with an ileostomy bag now. As you all know Washington state gets a lot of rain. My question is does rain have a major impact on Chron's? Would love to know the answer to this.

Yes
by: Anonymous

I live in Colorado and have noticed my major flares occur in the fall, in fact both my bowel resections have happened in November after my most serious flares.. As well, when I try to go camping in the mountains in the summer I usually have a flare a day or two after I go to a higher altitude, so pressure changes effect me..

Oh yeah
by: Mike

Heh, finally someone else with that problem! Not that I'm happy you go through it, but until now I'm the only one I knew of with suspected weather related flareups. I'm in the Chicago area so we have similar weather to you guys, and this year has been brutal.
I had an idea about temp changes that I haven't had the chance to research. People with arthritis and other joint pains complain that when it gets cold they're in all kinds of pain. So, when temp does change, how does that affect the atmospheric and/or barometric pressure? Could that pressure have an effect on the crohns? For instance, you go up in a plane and the pressure changes, your ears pop. Same idea, only intestinal. Maybe I'm an idiot and should know that stuff already, but hey, someone here might know.

seasonal flare ups
by: helen

hi, i am also on the hunt for more answers to this. i get sick every spring here in australia sept and oct, its flu season, and dispite the flu shot it sets me back every year for months, hospital every three years on average. the other "bad " time for me is summer january time. i have moved to a hotter inland area, with about five months of hot 40 oc plus weather, and i have had to increase my prednisolone. i am trying to research this more, and am contemplating becoming a hermit over flu time! and moving to a temperate climate. global warming trends are a consideration too.

atacks at the same time every year
by: Anonymous

my attacks are now like clockwork every november to january, doctors have no idea why, but i've met one other guy that has the same problem

wheather
by: Anonymous

yes it also seems that every year i get bad flareups around sept oct. and my dr said it could be seasonal changes. so im not looking forward for sept. hopefully i dont get one this yr. i hate the steriods and i also have fibromyagia so being in the hospital makes me stiff in my back. besides in pain from flares. i hope you get better

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