Tear Up Your Flare-up

Tear Up Your Flare-up
Whether it feels like a bus just squashed us flat or we have that sudden urge to defecate with no end in sight, we all know that feeling when a flare is imminent. And while it is no fun, it is a part of living and breathing with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). So how do we manage flares? And more importantly, how do we to cope with them to live the fullest life possible? We all know flare-ups are unapologetically anxiety-producing. But staying in those thoughts may cause us to flounder. Overanalyzing and blaming ourselves for a flare, or even for our diseases, is unfair, unreasonable, and counterproductive. IBD has a mind of its own, and it isn’t something we can control. Medication and surgery, as advanced as they are, aren’t perfect and neither are we. So, if we indulged in a spicy meal or partied too hard last night and are now feeling it, that’s a learning lesson for the future, not grounds to beat ourselves up over what we should have done in retrospect. Although flares feel like the end of the world in the moment, life does eventually go on. What’s most important is to recognize our limits and live with them as best as we can. I've noticed that so much of IBD is emotional. Gut, an official journal of the British Society of Gastroenterology, stated in 2005 that, “Psychological stre
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