ANYONE ELSE DEALING WITH OR DEALT WITH ANXIETY ATTACKS??

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ImaKeeper
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   Posted 7/31/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious, I think that I am having some anxiety problems going on. Ive heard of people with crohn's getting depressed, but not sure about having anxiety attacks.....Thanks everyone
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pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix and started Remicade back in May


crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/31/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
i used to take Xanax for anxiety because i would get attacks really bad all the time dealing with crohns. if you've ever had an anxiety attack you will know the reason why many people mistake them for heart attacks. you feel light headed and dizzy and then get really bad pains in your chest and run out of breath. it's really scary and it really feels like what i would think a heart attack feels like. if you think you are having these issues on a steady basis i would ask a doctor about getting some meds for it
18 years old
diagnosed with Crohns since 2004
Hospitalized often for colon rest and TPN
Have been on 6MP, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade (3 1/2 years).
Now trying Humira every two weeks.


ImaKeeper
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   Posted 7/31/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
lol sorry I guess I should have explained it better...My Dr perscribed me some medication ativan back in May she gave me about 20 and said I dont want you to take them all of the time, well I still have them about 10 left..but over the past two days I have had nausea and that seems to set things off I feel like I cant breath, I get jittery and it feels like my heart is racing and some slight chest pains. well I took a half a pill and 20minutes later it was all gone.....now part of me is worried that my dr will not let me refil this medication, even tho like I said I have had 20 of them since May.....
currently taking

pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix and started Remicade back in May


broomhilda
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   Posted 7/31/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Go for the meds...my husband suffers from panic attacks. He had one so bad once, he passed out at the wheel driving! Very scary!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Ultracet Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, peri-menopausal.


crohnspatient13
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   Posted 7/31/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
well is the doctor who prescribed them to you a therapist or your gastro? cause it shouldnt make a difference, they should both be willing to refill it if you need it, but i know a therapist definitely would and most would probably tell you to take them on a regular basis, maybe you should see some kind of counselor if this continues because they can also better assess if it is panic or something else caused by stress about your crohns. it can be really helpful
diagnosed with Crohns since 2004
Hospitalized often for colon rest and TPN
Have been on 6MP, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade (3 1/2 years).
Now trying Humira every two weeks.


closure
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   Posted 7/31/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah I definitely can't drive because of my panic attacks. I will once in a great while and I've tried to get over my "fear" in therapy, but they've given up on that. some people when thrown into a situation that would cause them to panic are somehow able to take charge and then after a couple of times like that they realize they can do it. well for me...I panic, don't take charge, usually crash into something from being in such a state that I can't focus. I've side swipped a tree, hit a parked car, etc. then when I take enough meds to make me calm enough to drive it's usually so much that I'm too sedated to drive. someday maybe I'll work it out, but who knows.

I was on ativan for years and it really helped. now I'm on klonopin though. they really are a life saver sometimes. I try to take my klonopin on an as needed basis because you can get hooked on them. if you're not seeing a psychiatrist or a family physician most other doctors are leary about having a patient take anxiety meds on a regular basis. if you feel you need them I'd see a psych or your family doc. most family docs will refer you to a psych if they feel you need it or are too severe for them to treat, but if you just have a general anxiety issue they might be able to treat you. therapy is also a good option because they give you techniques for how to cope with anxiety so you don't have to rely on the meds so much. keep us updated!
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Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Now possibly even celiacs disease!Lots of tests coming up so hopefully I'll know more soon. Too many meds to list!


Nanners
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had Crohns for over 30 years and just developed anxiety this past year. I get really bad gastric problems when my anxiety hits. Nauseous, D etc. My usual trigger is stress. I take Xanax myself. My PCP prescribed it. I really like it because I am now able to recognize when the anxiety hits and I take my Xanax and in about 30 min I am feeling back to normal. I also take the lowest dose of .25mg and it works great. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


dreamer06
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have anxiety attacks I see a counsilor for it and am also taking lexapro. It seems to help a little, but I havent been on it for that long. I find the most helpful thing is to talk to someone when you feel anxous about something.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on meds for anxiety for several years now.  The anxiety always made my stomach hurt worse, so helping the anxiety has helped the stomach.  The meds I'm on have serotonin in them, so they help relax my gut.  I consider them an important part of my Crohn's therapy.  But, some of the newer meds can cause D, so my psychiatrist has me on an older one that he says has less side effects on the bowels. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


indigosunrise
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   Posted 8/1/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   

I have had OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) since I was probably about 12 or 13.  I have had one anxiety attack that I can recall, and it was VERY scary!

My Internist told me that I need to "relax" or it will make the Crohn's worse.  I take Celexa 40 mg daily and Xanax as needed, the lowest dose.  She prescribed both of them for me. 

I think the OCD makes me worry almost all the time, for one thing, and if I get any kind of stress, it all just balloons from there!

I have had some depression lately, thinking about the whole Crohn's thing.  Mostly I just mourn for how it was before when I didn't have it.  Sometimes I also get mad about having it.  Then I worry about it...(of course!  :-) )

 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/2/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there
I suffer from SEVERE panic attacks and anxiety have for many yrs
I am on valium for them and I am now taking an anti depressant as well

Panic attacks will come out of the blue and knock you to the floor at times
I cannot stand crowds nor going to places like Walmart for long I have literally left cart full of stuff there and had to get out..could not breathe
Unfortunately my teen daughter also suffers with these
There are self help tech 's you can do in conjuction with meds as well to help
Cognitive behaviour Therapy ( online free ) and breathing tech's
Check out the a/p forum and see if something there may help

You take care

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 8/3/2008 7:55:43 AM (GMT-6)


Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 8/3/2008 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Yep yep. Panic attacks are horrible when stressed. Found out when having panic attack at PCP's office that my blood pressure, normally below 100, was at 160!! My hands and head were shaking horribly and my heart felt like it was going to beat outta my chest. The nurse was very worried that I needed blood pressure medication... nope, just a real bad panic attack.

I had them when I was 25. I carried a brown paper bag with me at all times. They went a way for 10+ years... and now they are back full-force defcon level 1! Finding that environmental stress leads to CD flare which, in turn, leads to panic attacks. Like others posting here, I now make sure I take an anti-anxiety med before driving... just in case. It is so hard to drive when your heart feels like it's going to jump out of your chest and you become short of breath.

Good news? I have an appointment with a Chinese herbalist on Friday. I cannot wait to see what all she can do for me. I asked the receptionist if they treated CD and anxiety and she told me they have had great success with both. Fingers and toes crossed!!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/3/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Wishing you all the best
keep us posted plz

LYN.......

Fingers and toes are crossed
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Texan with Crohn's
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   Posted 8/3/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lynn. You're a real sweetie!
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