What to do? Three miserable years!

by Tim williams
(Jackson, ms)

Hi, my name is Tim and I have suffered from chrom for the past three years. I was told that I had an irregular bowl duct, and this was the reason for everything sinc! My GI Dr really doesn't give me any answers of when this will somewhat let go of me. He gives me pain meds for the stomach discomfort and ativan to help with the so called nervous stomach, but this has been going on for three years with no change! We all know that you can't stay on pain meds forever, but I will stop taking the meds for weeks at a time and become so lethargic and fatigued. At first I was told that the pain meds would make me feel that way, so I didn't use the pain meds for over a month and still feel just as terrible as before. Anyone have any suggestions for the fatigue, I can deal with the pain if I just had the energy to do anything at all?

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by: Annette Young

Hi there,

I am so sorry to read that you are having such a bad time of it. Chrohn's is horrible and obviously impacts people's lives in a very negative way. Fatigue is something that most people have to contend with when they have Crohn's disease and it can be difficult to know how to manage it. The best thing you can do is to learn to work with your body.

If you feel exhausted, try to rest.It's not easy especially if you are working but if you can take some downtime when your body is asking you to, you will find that you start to feel a little better. Getting a good night's sleep is important. So go to bed and listen to some relaxation CD's or meditation CD's and start to learn how to relax your body and mind. Practice deep breathing techniques and learn to let go of any tension.

It's a case of working with your own body and accepting that you have an aggressive disease. Listen to some relaxing music as per the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrqjqyH4ex0

Or a guided meditation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utfw-rJUvy4

There are plenty of videos, music and meditation that can help to quieten your mind, release anxieties or help you to sleep. If you can get into the habit of listening to them, you will find that they can start to improve your sleep pattern and how you view life.

Try to eat foods that are nutritious so that you have the best nutrition possible which should help you to heal. If you have any blood in the stools, it is possible that you are deficient of iron so may need a top up. If you struggle to absorb nutrients, you may be deficient of many vitamins and minerals which in turn can make you feel less energetic.

Please do see a doctor if you start to feel worse or experience different symptoms.

I hope this helps?

Wishing you lots of luck,

Annette

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