Putting Health First: Taking Time Off with IBD

Putting Health First: Taking Time Off with IBD
With IBD, sometimes taking time off work or missing social events can be necessary to relax. This is important, as stress flares my Crohn's disease symptoms, which leads to even more stress. I skipped my column for the past couple weeks because I'm still experiencing pain two weeks after my ganglionectomy, a type of hand surgery. I tried not to worry about missing columns once I contacted my editor, but I feel bad for missing any task, which causes extreme stress. I tried to rush and complete a column last week after my care team removed my stitches, but my hands disagreed. My pain led to migraines, insomnia, and a Crohn's disease rebellion. I needed a break, I needed sleep, I needed not to stress. Things happen. Breathe. The surgery mixed badly with my already angry bowels, so my symptoms flared so intensely this past week that I called my gastroenterologist (GI d
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