This Hurts: Understanding the Pain and What to Do

This Hurts: Understanding the Pain and What to Do
Let me start off by saying that when it comes to Crohn’s disease, no two cases are the same. The disease's severity may vary on an individual basis, but the pain is always there. We all suffer with it at some point. Pain is basically a signal sent from your brain to an area of your body as a way of alerting you that something is wrong. And Crohn’s disease sends off some big, flashy red flags about your GI system! Red flags!!!! Crohn’s disease causes inflammation throughout the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, from top to bottom. The degree of active Crohn’s in the digestive system, along with the location that is most diseased, determines where the pain will be. This is why pain is a big factor for everyone living with Crohn’s. The inflammation causes abdominal tenderness, and it is fairly common for sharp pains and intense cramping to occur. Because this is a disease of the digestive tract, many people experience pain before, during, and after meals. In my case, I tend to have some pains during the day and while eating. But, sometimes after eating, I’ll get hit with some nausea and intense cramping. Not fun! Don't worry, there is help! Medications can help alleviate the symptoms associated with Crohn’s. For example, because of the cramping I experience, my doctor prescribed an intestinal antispasmodic medication called Bentyl (dicyclomine). Although I still have some symptoms, it has helped me quite a bit with cramping. I also have medications to help with sharp pains and nausea. As if dealing with pain throughout your gut wasn’t enough, there are other areas of your body that can be seriously affected from having Crohn’s (IBD). Such as the eyes (uveitis), skin (erythema nodosum), and joints (enteropathic arthritis). These conditions are ca
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  1. RfrmSchool says:

    I struggle with Ulcerative Colitis pain and have found the following most helpful for managing my experience. Your mileage may vary.
    1) Breathing Exercises, both guided through apps and recordings or on my own.
    2) Cannabidiol, via specific edibles made for pain.
    3) Powdered Psyllium Seed taken in small amounts, early in the day.
    4) Walking whenever possible.
    5) Avoiding air travel due to the pressure changes and confined posture.

    • Lisa Burks says:

      Those are all great examples for helping with the pain! Thank you for posting these not just for me to see, but for everyone suffering with IBD!!

    • Lisa Burks says:

      Definitely!!! If you can control your breathing and try to relax does help! I’ve been looking into some anti-inflammatory diets or ones that have been known to help. I’ll look into what you mentioned! Thanks!

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