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Over the summer, my fiancé approached me and said, “Paul you can’t focus, nor sit still.” I agreed with her but sort of brushed her off, as that is my first line of defense. After further observation, I realized that she was right. She asked me when my next appointment with my doctor was. It was during the last week of August. After much argument, I agreed that she could come with me so we could go over some of the medications that I was on.

For Crohn’s, I am on an immunosuppressive medication and one injection. I take a pill for spasms that I get from my J-Pouch and Cuffiitis, and an antibiotic that relieves my chronic Pouchitis. My other medications I take for anxiety. I have not even changed them for the last seven years.

This was a new experience

This was the first time in a very long time that I brought somebody else to one of my doctor’s appointments. I was a little surprised when I realized that I had to sign another HIPPA form so that she could speak freely and hear suggestions from my doctor. We were there that day to talk about the medications that were not about my Crohn’s.

The conversation did strike my doctor with a little bit of a surprise. Usually, we don’t speak of the medication other than the medications that I take for the Crohn’s, so this was a first.

I am usually so consumed by Crohn’s

It’s funny if you think about it. I am so consumed by my Crohn’s meds that I never think about the other stuff that I am on. After talking to my doctor for some time, we came to the realization that I was going to increase the amount of my anxiety medication. We are going to monitor it for a few weeks, and then check back in. If the increase does not work, my doctor is going to send me to go get tested for A.D.D. We will cross that bridge when we get there.

In other news, I have been experiencing tons of air and tightness in my stomach for the last few weeks, so I have been trying to figure out what it is. I am using the bathroom, not nauseous, and have a great appetite. I can relapse the air at any time. So what is causing the gas? It could be one of two things. The first thing could be stress. I have been under a lot of stress. I noticed that I have been so gassy when I was been stressed out. Could that be the answer? I also introduced a new cereal. I started eating Honey Bunches of Oats. That is the only new food that I am on. Has anybody out there gotten terrible gas pressure in their stomach from cereal? If so, what kind? What cereal would you recommend? I know that I am my worst enemy, as I stress myself out. But as you Crohnies know, it is a never-ending disease. That is why we have to support ourselves, and each other.

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