I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in the Fall of 2019 when I was 21 years old. In the months leading up to my diagnosis, I experienced severe abdominal pain that was primarily caused or brought on by eating. It was often a sharp pain, sometimes it was a dull ache. Since it appeared that eating caused the pain, I began to eat less and, and in turn, I lost weight. In three months, I went from 135 pounds to 107 pounds. Although eating less food relieved me of my pain at the moment, it wasn’t a healthy diet or way to live. I would eat very little during normal meal times, and then late at night I would get hungry so I would eat things that did not aggravate the pain as much. All of this happened prior to being diagnosed what was causing my pain. This was extremely concerning to me and my parents, who were very worried about my weight loss.
Pain, Stress and Other Symptoms
Pain was probably the most difficult symptom for me to endure, and it would often interfere with school which was very hard for me to cope with. Luckily, I didn’t miss a lot of school. However, I did have to miss several days for appointments and medical tests when I was being diagnosed. I stayed at school, despite my pain, and I frequently ate plain food (usually chicken and rice) to not upset my stomach. I didn’t want to miss out on my social life or get behind in classes, so I pushed through the pain which was not good for my stress levels. Unfortunately, I had to miss out on sports and social gatherings because it was harder to ignore the pain while moving my body as opposed to just sitting in a classroom. The exercise itself didn’t cause any pain, but when I was already feeling sick, excessive movement worsened my pain. In addition, I didn’t want to show up because of the discomfort, so I would just stay home.
Stress was another driver of pain. Being in a university and trying to finish my Masters, stress was impossible to avoid. Whenever I felt stressed, I became nauseated. I noticed that whenever my Crohn’s disease would flare up, my stomach pain would immediately get worse with stress.
Treatments and Medications
A tried a combination of things to help manage my pain. I changed my diet and avoided dairy products which seemed to trigger the inflammation. I found dairy-free substitutes for most foods and that helped me in my diet. I noticed that eating foods that were easier to digest helped to reduce the severity of the pain I was experiencing. Another routine I developed was to take baths and use heating pads on my stomach which helped me relax and ease my pain.
I also researched alternative medications and came across cannabidiol or CBD. It appears that there have been some studies that show CBD can help relieve pain* caused by Crohn’s disease. Choosing the right CBD is crucial because I don’t want to aggravate my already sensitive stomach. I prefer to use pure CBD because they’re all natural and they don’t have tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Simply put, THC are the psychoactive properties that gets people high. Most of the time, the pain comes in all of a sudden and is debilitating, I needed something that can act fast and offers quick relief. My choice is Magic Life CBD Oil tinctures they are placed under the tongue and absorb quickly in the bloodstream providing me with immediate comfort*.
My advice to people experiencing similar pains, or even if your story is completely different from mine, is to try to do anything that eases your pain even the slightest bit. It’s really important to give yourself a break. There will be times that you won’t be able to perform as well in certain aspects of your life and it’s perfectly ok. Because in the long run, giving yourself some slack and not overworking yourself will help you feel better, both physically and emotionally.
(California, United States)
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