Stress is a natural response to the effects of CD. I agree with Beth, my immune system went down the tubes with CD. It would be hard to tell if stress makes the CD worse or the CD makes the stress worse, everyone seems to have their own unique response to this infection. It wouldn't be fair to you or others to say that you can control it, or that your CD or stress is worse or better than others. I have read posts from a member who runs triathalons and I just shake my head, I would be happy to keep up with my dogs on a short walk. I can't relate to triathalons, but perhaps others can.
I think stress is a real physiological response to adverse situations. CD certainly fits into that category, we would all admit that. How you respond to the stress and what you are able to do for it will determine how badly it effects your physical condition. Some (like me) have taken valium or xanex to help us through the worst of times, but sparingly and for as short a period as possible. You may want to consider this with your doctor and see if it helps you. It also helps to have someone in your life to help you through this if it goes on for too long, some family members can even get frustrated and give up, but you can't. That's where this site can be very comforting.