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jeanneac
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   Posted 3/24/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else have a problem with anxiety or get anxiety around the time their IBD started? I don't know why but this past year I have been having problems with anxiety. I think it is from being so sick and then having so many medical procedures too. I did feel better this morning when I thought about how far I have actually come since January of 09 when I was so sick. I am better now, not great, but better and I am so grateful for that. I just wonder if anxiety goes along with having medical issues? I am having to get yet another root canal today!! Ouch!! I just feel like I have lost control of my health. Last week, I was so fatigued that I could barely work. I don't know what that was about. My stomach has been ok, I just have an ulcer in my mouth. I feel like I need a vacation from myself! Ha! Ha!


diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
pexeva, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)


Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


debilitated
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety? HA! Zombie!
Sleep is the worst... I get sleep, and stay asleep most of the time but it's getting to sleep. Mind goes WILD. Plus the narcotics.. Wow..
King of anxiety. Feel I am nuts sometimes. Jitters, shakes, worry about everything..

I learned that family, and support from your true friends is the key. Baby steps once a day on improving SOMETHING about your life is a huge help...

I try to cope with everything in baby steps. And if you can talk to someone who cares anytime it gets to rough... thats great.
Male, 22. Diagnosed with Crohn's officially since 2001.. Osteoporosis, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Chronic Anemia.

Medications Used: Remicade, Humira, Cimzia, 6-mp, Pentasa, Flagyl, Prednisone, Zifaxan, Entocort,
TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition), The whole nine.

Current: Methotrexate Injection, Entocort EC, Vitamin D, Fentanyl 25mcg / 72hrs - Zofran - Folic Acid
Currently On SSDI


What A Life
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I had and still have terrible anxiety ever since my first surgery years ago. (Fistulotomy/fistulectomy) Ever since I have had a "smell" about me.. I guess over time it has subsided somewhat; but it's still noticeable to some degree by others. The anxiety alone made me originally drop out of college, quit a job, and become a hermit for a long long time... Quite sad to tell you the truth; but I'm doing well today at least.. Crohns and IBD = make people kings and queens of anxiety.

What A Life
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Let alone being scared that you'll have to use the bathroom or become gassy when in public lol.

LondonRed
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Its the MAIN cause of IBD anyone that doesn't believe that is deluded IMO.

Diagnosis Oct 07: Mild Crohn's Colitis. By the grace of God currently in remission. Current Medication: 1000mg Pentasa Tablets x 2 a day. VSL#3. Manuka Honey.


What A Life
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   Posted 3/24/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Well in my case; I didn't have any anxiety whatsoever until I got Crohns... I was actually the most outgoing person I had ever known.

PinkFlipFlops
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   Posted 3/24/2010 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have any anxiety either until this Crohn's thing decided to rear its ugly head. I used to be the social butterfly - never missed an after work happy hour or other social event. Now I'm a walking anxiety attack, as the matter of fact, and barely go anywhere except for work and home! My latest obsession is that we're taking our almost 4 year old to Disney World in May. What if I have D on the plane? What if I have terrible (and really smelly) gas? What if I can't find a bathroom in the park? What if we go out to dinner and something doesn't agree with me as we're walking back to the hotel? What if I get my period that week (my Crohn's is always worse then)? What if. What if. What if. I think I need a valium. :-)
Diagnosed with Crohn's this year at age 38.


crohnielass
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   Posted 3/24/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, In my opinion anxiety plays a big part of this disease, my parents said that when I was diagnosed at 13, 7 months later I was showing signs of anxiety in certain situations, and that is how it has been since. I take meds now as and when and it seems to take the edge off it. Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp ileostomy finally have a date 7th April 2010
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)


" I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."


Nanners
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   Posted 3/24/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I respectfully disagree with LondonRed. I did not develop anxiety with my Crohns until about 2-3 years ago after already having the disease for over 30 years. But thru the help of therapy and the occasional Xanax I am now better able to control it. I just had one of those bouts the past few days as I work in the financial industry and this is tax time so it makes it EXTRA busy, plus someone else is out sick for the week and I have to do her job too. Plus not getting enough sleep and BINGO, anxiety attack. I usually use my Xanax about 1-3 times a month now, some months I might use it more, but most times its about 1-3 times a month. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

isergodur
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   Posted 3/24/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Anixety is very common for people with health problems.

I take cipralex 5 mg a day for my anxiety I also have xanax on stand by ;) and see my psychiatrist regularly.

There are lots of things you can do about your anxiety and you should be able to live with it.

I recommend that you see a psychiatrist and he can put up a plan for you and help you live with your anxiety.

Getting over Anxiety and panic attacks takes time but it is not unmanageable. I have had anxiety since 2007 and today I would say that I am almost anxiety free ;) I took lot of work but I got there.

Good luck to you.
25 year old female from Iceland.
Diagnosed with :
Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
CD/UC they don't know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009

Medication - Humira, Asacol, Cipralex and Cerazette.
Past medication Remicade, Imuran, Entocort
My wonderful dogs :) ~ www.poodle.is ~


gumby44
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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
It is very hard to have any kind of chronic illness without some degree of depression and/or anxiety. For me, anxiety doesn't cause my illness, but my illness certainly causes anxiety! I believe it is critical to learn what works for you to manage your stress....exercise, therapy, medications, great friends/ family, journaling, hanging out on this forum, etc. Everyone is different, and you need to learn what works best for you. Just don't give up...keep trying to find what makes you feel better! Big hugs
51 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation, probiotics


jeanneac
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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone!!!! I am feeling better tonight after my root canal is done. lol.. This is the second one in less than a year. Ugh! I've been under a lot of stress and that coupled with being sick and having a lot of procedures done has made this anxiety worse. I've had anxiety here and there in my life but it is usually situational and goes away. My antidepressant is not helping much right now. Need a new job big time! I think it's adding a lot of fuel to the anxiety mix.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
pexeva, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)


Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


artist guy
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   Posted 3/24/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
i take serax or oxazepam 15mg for anxiety, ive been taking it since 1985 but i see a new shrink 4-15 I would like to try xanex, but we will see what sleep spec/shrink says. I also take restoril for sleep another name forthem is temazepam 30mg. maybe i need elephant tranqs

artist guy


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/24/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((((((Nanners))))))))) you saidshakehead "Plus not getting enough sleep and BINGO, anxiety attack." I too just hate it when I can't get enough BINGO.idea Perhaps you could sacrifice a little sleep and get in some more bingo? Sometimes it's all about finding the right balance. Keep trying and keep us informed on how much you win!  Robsmilewinkgrin

Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/25/2010 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL Grandpato2!!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

jeanneac
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   Posted 3/25/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I slept so much better last night and woke up feeling human today despite a headache from the root canal yesterday, not to mention some tooth pain still....
I think taking something to sleep on occasion is much better than not sleeping well. The results are just too bad if you don't sleep. It makes things so much worse.
Yep, it's all about a good night's sleep for sure!
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma, IBS, asthma/allergies, prediabetes, high BP, fibromyalgia, GERD
low thyroid,claritin, singulair, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal
pexeva, rolaids, pepsid (as needed)


Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel


Celey
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   Posted 3/25/2010 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah... A lack of sleep can really put you on edge... Trust me... I know.... Anyway, I agree with most of the board members who have posted... Anxiety seems to be a common thing when you develop Crohn's disease (or any chronic illness, I'm sure)...

For me, I've always had anxiety problems, even before I had Crohn's.... But I had never been concerned about my health before Crohn's... I went a good while without going to a doctor... Wouldn't take medicine... I figured I was young and healthy, so why go get a check-up and stuff?

Now that I have Crohn's disease, it seems I have developed some... health anxiety... I have to really be careful not to obsess over health issues (I tend to take it too far)...

Anyway, I am glad you are feeling better... :)...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


heatmiser
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   Posted 3/28/2010 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
It's in my nature to be a worrier, but it is worse now because of my health. I find myself unable to relax and control stress. Wondering if some anti-anxiety meds would help my flares. I did go through a stressful time before I developed cd as well.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prilosec, darvocet, prednisone, cipro, flagyl


artist guy
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   Posted 3/28/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
you guys probably think I'm some drugged out loady, but I would rather be drug dependant than suffer either pain or anxiety, really it's not worth it for me, I'm 59 i can't deal with much anymore, last year i went to disneyland with our daughter my sister and my wife and I had the unthinkable happen,I didn't move my bowels very good (exxcited to go ) and didn't take the time for my morning rituals, we picked up our daughter at school then stopped and ate at 11:30 later breakfast(out of character) then got to d-land at 1pm. ate a snack 2:30 which i shouldn't have, then we ate dinner at 5:30.I took one sip of my soup and it started total gas blockage, i ended up laying down on pavement hoping to god to pass some gas, it was like a knife ripping around.finally 3 hr's later gas started to come out, I had no pain med's with me, luckly i had a serax and took that it relaxed me enough to have gas go, so it is a horrible thing to have that kind of worry about if this happens or that happens. I also had a total obstuction at d-land in 1970 and had to be emergencyed to hospital in san diego for major surgery. maybe it's just me and the happiest place on earth, we're like oil and water. that's why when i do anything that requires 5 or 6 hr's of my time I tred very lightly on the food thing. it's funny now.

artist guy

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