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6/20/12 7:03 P

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I know so well how my colon deals with stress, and have learned some techniques that may or may not help anyone else. I love to crotchet, so I have discovered that crotcheting (or doing a rote activity of some kind) calms my nerves. I also have to make sure I get a good amount of sleep at night as being tired is one of my triggers. I chew spearmint gum if I'm nervous or worried. I try to spend a small part of each day doing what I want to do, which sounds selfish, but it's very necessary for a healthy self-esteem. I know there are many triggers, but fortunately food and drink are not some of mine. Mine are the unfamiliar, and being exhausted. My doc calls it social anxiety. One of the most precious things I have learned is how to talk to myself in a threatening situation. Sometimes it takes constant reminding myself that there is no real danger here, it only feels like there is! I have realized over the years that much of my pain was brought on by imagined fears. I'm sorry if I've rambled, but I do hope things improve for you!

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6/12/12 2:25 A

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To Kareene, Try to find yoga for arthritis or for seniors, either DVD or book, at the library. Ask for help with your search. I used to be an assistant at our library. phyllis

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6/11/12 10:40 A

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Thanks for all the advice. Do you know of any easy yoga poses? I have arthritis throughout my body. Thanks for your help!

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6/10/12 6:06 P

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I am slowly eliminating caffeine from my diet-- it's a big trigger. My biggest piece of advice is that if you are drinking more than a cup of coffee a day (or more than one soda a day), that you slowly wean yourself off. I have been at no more than 1 cup a day for a week, and next week I'm moving to 1 cup of black tea a day. After that, I'll *hopefully* be down to nothing stronger than green tea. Depending on how much caffeine you are used to (and for me it was lots! my husband and I actually met while working in a coffee shop), it can take a WHILE to get your energy back. But weaning yourself off can really really help with both the headaches and tiredness. A little bit of yoga in the morning is a good pick me up-- and would help with the stressful job too!

Exercise = Endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!

Just because you don't see results after a day or even a week, don't give up. You may not see changes, but every smart choice you make is affecting you in ways you'd never imagine. (The same is true for every bad choice! Be careful.)


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6/5/12 9:11 A

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Thanks for the advice-I didn't think about the spearmint tea, but knew about the others. Will definetely try the meditation also. I also do relaxation techiniques which do help a lot with the pain. I hope you are feeling well today; we all appreciate our good days. Am trying to give up caffeine; any advice on dealing with the headaches and tiredness? I've read that they eventually go away-I hope eventually comes soon! Good luck to you also!

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6/5/12 12:38 A

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I empathize with your pain from stress. Fiber and coffee are out when I'm having a bad bout. Try peppermint, spearmint or chamomile teas. They help. You can have them iced. I am trying to do a minimum of 5 minutes of meditation or just quiet time to myself when in pain. Good luck. Phyllis

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6/4/12 3:58 P

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Hi-I am new to this. Currently under a lot of stress, but managed to lose three pounds! I've found out that for me, coffee irritates my colon and can give me pain. I feel for all of you besides me that struggle with this. I cannot eat a lot of fiber, and I work a stressful job at a call center, which can aggrevate my condition. I also have some stress in my personal life. How do you all manage to exercise when you are in pain? I have lots of weight to lose, but really just want to be healthier and feel stronger also.

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