Am I causing my own symptoms?

Being told “I think your symptoms are psychosomatic” by a member of your healthcare team, can feel like a massive kick in the teeth.

So, you’re saying, you think my pain is all in my head?!

Is stress a trigger for Crohn’s or UC?

Well, that’s not exactly it, because psychosomatic doesn’t mean your pain or symptoms are not real – it IS still a physical thing. Psychosomatic just means that the symptoms are caused or aggravated by mental factors, such as stress or anxiety etc.

Many people living with inflammatory bowel disease say that they have identified stress as a trigger for them, and we also know that know there are big links between the digestive system and the brain.

So, it got me thinking… 

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