Crohns/Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis: Share your experience

Posted by GIModerator @gimoderator, Jun 12, 2014

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Tough job controlling Crohns symptoms when stressed. Any reasonable meds recommended to reduce symptoms caused by stress?


Great question, @bekalugoodacre! It is always good to seek professional help if you find that you are experiencing a significant amount of stress that is interfering with your ability to function. However, in the meantime, there are actually many non-medication approaches to tackling stress that you can do on your own that can be effective at reducing stress levels and hopefully better controlling your symptoms. For example, when you recognize that you are starting to feel uncomfortable or anxious, try finding a quiet spot, closing your eyes, and breathing in by a count of 4, and out by a count of 6. Do that for about 2 minutes and see how that helps! You can use a positive phrase such as breathe in healing, breathe out peace. You can also try a guided meditation or yoga class in your area, or utilize one of many wonderful apps on your iPad or smart phone with mindfulness exercises. For further support from professional IBD Support Foundation social workers, please do not hesitate to call us at 310-552-2033 or visit our website


There seems to be a trend here. Baka, I’ve already responded to a number of members here about stress. We’ve seen a strong link between stress (adrenal fatigue) and gut issues. Have you considered having your circadian cortisol levels checked? Cortisol is an anti-inflammatory so you can see why low cortisol leaves the body exposed to inflammatory processes that can lead to leaky gut and more. Yes, when you treat adrenal fatigue (cortisol insufficiency) at it’s source you heal the normal pathways that are out of whack in your body. I’ve attached a few patient education slides about this (they are by no means comprehensive). This gives you a sense that there’s more to the story here and our bodies are complete integrative organisms. We have to treat the whole body. Sound nutrition and resolving imbalances is the place to start. In addition, everything else you can do to reduce the stressors in your life the better. Hope this helps some.

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