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Hi guys, I have had UC for almost 2 years now and I have found that I always flare when I'm under high stress levels, does anybody else find that it happens to them? I have found that my doctors and nurses seem to completely ignore the fact that stress can affect it and they just speak of genetics and biology. Anybody else get effected by stress?

Hope that all of you are in remission ??

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    Yes 100%. As soon as I start to get stress I start to see signs of a flare. When I manage the stress the flare goes away. I'm in shock your doctors don't discuss that with you. My specialist speaks to me about stress in my work and personal life and how management of that is very important in management of UC. This is why things like yoga and meditation are recommended to help reduce flares.

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    I really suffer when anxious and this has always been taboud as maybe part of the "disease" but not a reason

    I know I only get flair ups on these occasions.

    Only needs to be a little thing to set me off and sometimes I'm not even aware anxiety has crept up on me

    I am a capable self managing person and strong willed but I can't compete with my inner workings so I just take my daily medication and when the "issue" goes away I get back to normal again however long it takes. This bowt is pregnant daughter. Heyho!


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    i have the same situation where my docotor denies that stress can worsen the symptoms.

    but in reality my symptoms gets worse whenever i am under stressful circumstances

    but the point is , what are the effective means of stress relief ?

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    YES! I have currently been flaring since mid may following a week of gastritis. I think this flare has been caused by 2 factors: 1) taking nsaid painkillers on/off for 5days & 2) stress indirectly caused by going into perimenopause(which is now being treated with hrt). Immediately before the gastritis I HAD to take ibuprofen/codeine just to go to work for hip pain/hormonal headaches that ordinary analgesic painkillers would not help. Even took them after food/milk. My mental symptoms associated with perimenopause caused me stress/upset at work at the same time. I am sure this is what precipitated my current flare. Also on previous flares, stress levels have been a common denominator too. So I definately think stress is a trigger to colitis flares. xxx

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