I know this wasn't in the "just for laughs" section but I was seriously expecting something else! I don't know, something random like the migration of sea sponges!!

With that said, very interesting article. Thank you for sharing.
I wish... Dr. Bo Shen's article had an interesting correlation about the statistically high connection between j-pouch complications after take-down and patients with anxiety and/or depression. Apparently, there are significantly more cases of pouchitis and cuffitus among people being treated for anxiety and depression. His comment emphasized the connection between psychology and the immune system.
Another bit of interesting info. from the articles. The Mayo Clinic does almost as many j-pouches as the Cleveland Clinic, about 1000 a year vs 1500.
There have been similar studies on pain...anxious or depressed people complain more of chronic post op or post surgical pain...which leads me to believe that pain causes depression and anxiety and so does pouchitis!
Sharon
The study was based on people being treated for anxiety and/or depression before surgery but I still think your point is valid. Fighting pain tires the immune system and opens us up to more problems. Had a bizarre blockage on Monday and I had not even had anything to eat. Blockage has passed but the pain is still there. I am trying not to be down but it is hard.

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