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Can ptsd aggravate crohn's disease for example stress?

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Dr. Matt Vukin answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

The brain and the gut (stomach and intestines) are linked powerfully because they share the messengers which communicate between different regions. Any increased psychological stress can affect gastrointestinal symptoms. For this reason it will be important for you to manage carefully both your ptsd and crohns together.

Answered May 14, 2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Excellent response from dr. Vukin. Ptsd can drive strong physiologic reactions to triggers. Gastrointestinal reactions are particularly common. The ptsd can worsen symptoms from underlying conditions.

Answered Sep 4, 2019

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