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   Posted 9/29/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
do you get it? panic attacks? worry? does it make your Crohns worse?
I mentioned how bad mine was to my PCP and she put me on Celexa....when I told her it wasnt helping...she bumped my dose on Celexa. I find that my moodswings are better and Im not as irritable but now I have no sexdrive and Im still ANXIOUS...constantly
what would you all suggest? should i call my PCP back and tell her? Im scared I bug the living crap out of her. and that she is gonna think Im a pain in the butt. I see her almost every 2 weeks it feels like for something different.
(on a similar note though, I have had 3 deaths in my family, financial problems, my illness, and a separation) so maybe Im just going through alot...Im hoping she will understand

Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength

Dx'd w/Crohn's colitis in May05--spread to ileum & small intestine as of April08. Past meds: Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Pred, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently on Humira every 2wks,  Pentasa, Tapering Prednisone now.

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   Posted 9/29/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
You are going through so much right now, not having anxiety would be the strange thing! Also, I see my docs a lot too... If you need to, you need to!

RE: anxiety - I have taken Ativan (lorazepam) at bedtime (only .5mg) whenever I am feeling anxious. I do not feel any real anxiety during the daytime, these days, but nightime hits hard. If I wake to a weird feeling or whatever, my mind spins.

I was taking the .5 of Ativan and starting to feel like I needed to bump my dose. So I saw my pcp, talked at great length and she started me on 25mg of trazedone at night. I've only used it twice, and so far I have no review of it. I guess it's an anti-depressant with sedative qualities. It's used in lower doses for sleep issues.

Take care of you! It's great that you recognize all you're going through and taking steps to get help. Hang in there!
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl

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   Posted 9/30/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I carry Zanax in my purse with me at all times. My doctor gave me a .5 mg dose and told me I could take 2 if needed. He told me not to wait if I feel something coming on and it can stop it in its tracks. I have to say that so far that has worked for me.

I had a full-blown panic attack three years ago when my dad went though triple by-pass surgery and valve replacement. I have to tell you that my anxiety level has not been normal since then, however with breathing and relaxation exercises as well as knowing if it starts to come on I have a plan it makes a HUGE difference.

35/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Asacol 400mg 3 tablets 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily, Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. garlic and Vit. C 500mg daily

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   Posted 9/30/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have lived with Crohns for over 30 years and just the past year or so I developed anxiety. My PCP prescribed .25 mg of Xanax. I take it at the first hint of anxiety and am able to stop it in its tracks. My anxiety affects me much like a Crohns flare i.e. nausea, D etc. But if I take the Xanax at the first hint of it, I can stop it right away. Hope that helps.
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.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/30/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you guys tell me the systems of Crohn's?  Is it always D or can you have C, too?  I'm going through some testing now, but I sometimes hurt in the lower left of my stomach area, but then it even moves up to my "chest" area it feels like pressure more so than a bad hurt most of the time.  Now, it can be very painful...but I've dropped about 25 lbs, have this "ache" and pressure sometime D and MOST of the TIME C.  It is causing me anxiety b/c it is soooo aggravating the not being able to find out what it is.  It's almost like my food does not digest well.  Anyway, I've had an EGD, CT scan, Cardiac workup and everything looks good they say.  But I'm telling you, it's something.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops... I meant symptoms.... blush

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   Posted 9/30/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   

I suffer from constant anxiety and I see a psychiatrist and also am doing group therapy to work thru why I have it etc.

I think sometimes a PCP does not know what to do... maybe a therapist can help you too?

Anxiety can be tough but I am feeling good and almost rid of mine most of the time.

good luck, Karen


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 


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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 497
   Posted 9/30/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
You have been through a lot, Song Stress!

To be honest, I see or contact my PCP A LOT. She was the only person in the beginning who believed I had this disease and she has really been awesome. I might even contact mine more than you do yours!

I was on Celexa and it didn't do much for my anxiety at all. She recently switched me over to Prozac, which has worked for me in the past.

I am sure your PCP will understand. I have worried about bothering mine, but she is always so kind and patient when I call in or go to see her.

Take care and please keep us posted! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
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