I was diagnosed with crohns around 32 years ago. Had surgery in 1996. All those years I have consistently dealt with issues. I've always tried to figure out what is actually going on. For me, it seemed to always be associated with stressful events. Stressful events for me, could be starting a new job, meeting new people, working under pressure .. etc. I've tried eating different diets, but nothing really seemed to work. About 10 years ago, my family Dr put me on amlodopine(calcium blocker which relaxes capillaries and eases blood flow) . For some reason, that made me feel a little better but I still had issues. I never understood at the time why that may be the case. But now, to me, it might be making a little sense to me. Recently, the past 1-2 years I noticed that I was holding my breath. As I started to monitor this, I began to realize I was doing this over and over. Quick pauses, then breath. I didn't give it much thought in the beginning. I tried to control my breathing for a week or two and felt a little better but I'd get some stomach cramps and I would kind of give up and revert back to bad habits. About a month and a half ago I decided to really put an effort in, this time I cut out caffeine and controlled my breathing. I powered through the moments where I could feel my body wanting to pause my breathing. I went through several episodes of stomach pain, but each time, in a different location, it hurt for a few days and it went away. It was discouraging during this time as I was going to the restroom more often, but it seemed a bit different. It felt like I was healing versus feeling sick. I have kept at it. Controlled breathing and still avoiding caffeine. My joints do not ache any longer. My stomach pain has nearly subsided, able to stand up straight without feeling pain in my stomach area, and I seem more regular now. I suspect there has been some permanent damage done to the tissue that won't heal at this point, but compared to a few months ago, I feel great. It is literally night and day. I was also dealing with neuropathy in my feet. That tingling, sometimes painful sensation has also subsided. I started to read up on oxygen and how the body uses it. For me, logically it started to make sense. It is unfortunate if this has something to do with it since I've had to deal with this for most of my life, but on the bright side, I am starting to feel relief. I cannot stress that enough. It's early in this process, but I have never gone this long without a roller coaster of hurting. Will keep this updated.