Not All Triggers Are Created Equal.

Not All Triggers Are Created Equal

As you all well know, different triggers set my Crohn’s off into a tizzy. What might make my Crohn’s act up might be completely different then yours. When I talk to people who have Crohn’s, I am able to find differences in what sparks us. So what triggers my Crohn’s to act up? I shall tell you:


Like most Crohn’s patients, when I am stressed out, I am running to the bathroom. Being a teacher, students can be a handful. When their behaviors are out of line, or my lessons aren't going as planned, I get stressed. As a result, I find myself making my way towards the lavatory during my prep periods. What do I do to relieve stress? I often run, or read. Speaking time with loved ones and family also help to diffuse my stress levels.

Red Sauce:

This is one type of food I stay away from. Anything that has tomatoes in it will have me in the bathroom for the evening. So how do I get pass this challenge. I just stay away from it! If I want pizza, I order a white pie with no sauce.

The Weather:

Believe it or not, if it is raining outside, I have a bad day. I heard about it with people with arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases, but not with Crohn’s. But when I started to notice a pattern; every time it rained, I couldn’t stop running the restroom. I talked to other Crohn’s patients, and they experience the same thing. Do you have a worst day when it rains?

The thought of- Just the thought of long car rides, drive me crazy. I guess you can put the word “Anxious” in this category. When I get anxious about something, my Crohn’s really starts to act up.


You know how it goes. We all eat too much during the holidays. If it's Thanksgiving, or the Christmas season, I find myself falling to this category. I too eat too much, and yes I pay the price.

So you’re probably thinking, well Paul, why don’t you just adjust? You are probably right. I should stop being anxious, and eat less during the holidays. But as we all know, there is no rhyme or reason when it comes to why there are “good” and “bad” days for Crohn’s patients. There is no answer why I use the restroom, then two minutes later I’m back in the bathroom again. I can’t be perfect when it comes to changing my life for this disease. I think doing all these changes will make me even more anxious. Making me more anxious would only cause more issues.

Are there other triggers that pertain to my Crohn’s? Yep. I could list a bunch more. Some of you reading this could said, “Yes, I have the same symptoms." Others say, "I don’t have the same triggers, but here are mine..." I am very interested to hear about your triggers. Remember, its ok to “live your life” while having Crohn’s. Remember, you only live once…

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