Anxiety how do you get it to stop!

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Nanners
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   Posted 2/10/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed over the past year that my anxiety symptoms are getting out of control.  My anxiety effects me in a gastric manner I think because I have Crohns Disease.  The doctor has given me Valium and it works to calm things down, but I also suffer from the anxiety of getting dependent on medications.  Last Thursday doc gave me Zoloft but it tore my stomach up really bad, that I ended up in the ER because I was so sick.  Now I have to wait until tomorrow to see another doctor to see if there is another type of AD I can take daily to tamp down all this worry.  about 15 years ago I took Prozac for about 2years and had pretty good luck with that.  But I have had to have some surgeries since to remove diseased and blocked intestines so now I don't take to well with some meds.  i.e. they upset my stomach.  Anybody have any advice for me, meds wise to help me thru this difficult time.  I have been off work since Weds and want to get my life back.  Any meds out there that aren't so harsh on your stomach?  Thanks for your thoughts.
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.


Kendra17
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   Posted 2/10/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Nanners, I feel so bad for you. I think you should do some research on accupuncture. helped. Also you should find a good  I have been able to get over some very serious medical issues.
 
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Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 2/10/2008 3:52:10 PM (GMT-7)


stkitt
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   Posted 2/10/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Nanners,

Have you ever had a therapist................that may be one way to go and just use meds for the anxiety.  A good therapist can be your best friend through the learning how to deal with your anxiety. 

You have a chronic illness and I think perhaps that may contribute to your increased anxiety and the worrying you are going through.  You are worrying about the what if's? 

My Pdoc told me last week I have a habit of  “Catastrophisizing” .  Whoa, now wait a minute, I left the office in a foul mood after that comment.
On other words,  I jump to conclusions about the awful-ness of circumstances, and even create worst-case scenarios for myself. Pessimism instead of optimism. redface

Unfortunately, these catastrophisizing thoughts can actually make things worse - and in some cases even cause  the catastrophic events that we fear most. So I guess she was right, I do this even thow I did not realize it.  I thought I had a lot of reasons and rights to be a worry wart but I am hurting myself the most.

I need to challenging the realism of my awfulizing thoughts, preparing for what I  can prepare for, and then catching myself when I  fall into the trap of writing a script for disaster before I've even started.

Does that make sense to you?  It does to me today but last week I was just burned to have her talk to me like that.  So I am trying to practice my staying in the moment and found I actually had a good time going out the past 2 days instead of sitting home.

As far as the meds, I hope someone has some info on meds that do not upset the stomach.

Hugs to you sweetie. 
Kitt


 
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Kendra17
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   Posted 2/10/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry about the last post as I have no idea what they're talking about, SPAM???? I am only trying to help you. Accupuncture is supposed to help a great deal. Also glyconutrients help with cell to cell communication in the body. Look them up. Try a healing foods diet as well. Good luck.

Panike
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   Posted 2/10/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi nanners I'm sorry you are having such a hard time,I dont know anything about crohn's disease but i do know how worrying and anxiety can hold you down! Unfortunately alot of the SRI's cause side effects including but not limited to upset stomache! I have never tried valuim so i dont know much about it? Have you tried small doses of xanax they really help me but i dont know if they cause upset stomache. I know how you feel about the anxiety of getting addicted to meds i posted a thread about that recently concerning xanax. I'm not addicted to it now but i worry about getting addicted to it but i think if you only take it for a short period of time in small doses you should be ok! Good luck to you honey!!!

Chris711
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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you looked into alternative methods of treatment? I didn't like the idea of regular medication (although I appreciate they are the best option for some people) and so I went with excercise, meditation and some herbal pills. Not of the hippie variety I hasten to add(!) but a well known natural remedy for anxiety. I was sceptical about these methods, but they worked very well indeed. Might be worth considering if you'd only looked at conventional medication?

Jenn4dex
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   Posted 2/19/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have crohn's disease as well and am starting to have bouts of anxiety.  I think all the stresses of the past are starting to catch up with me and I feel so overwhelmed.  Them my stomach hurts sooo bad with diarrea for weeks and I lose my appetite and desire to do anything, even little things I am having difficulty with.  My relationships, hard to focus on work, etc.   Anyone have any imput on how to help this, it would be greatly appreciated.  Starting seeing a counselor, but can only see her once per month.  I guess I'll start wtih some anxiety books.  Also weaning off of Valium, down to a 1/4 of a 2 mg pill, so the anxiety is full force now!
Jennifer
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Taking Pentasa, Prograf, adverse reactions to Remicade, Forteo Injections, Actonel, Calcium and Vitamin D, B12 injections.


stkitt
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   Posted 2/19/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Jen,
Hi there. Sorry you are feeling so down.  I am wondering why you are cutting out your Valium when it feels to me like you need it?
Have you tried the CBT therapy?  It has worked for many and there is a free online site that you can work on it if you would like to.

Here is the link to the online CBT therapy:

The MoodGym Training Program

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/


 
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Jenn4dex
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   Posted 2/19/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I ordered a CBT book. I want to get off these meds becauset eh doctors are giving me a hard time getting them and it's not healthy. I think that is why I am feeling so anxious to begin with, withdrawing from the valium. I have difficulties changing any meds. Plus work stress is adding to all of this. I will await my CBT book!
Jennifer
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Prograf, adverse reactions to Remicade, Forteo Injections, Actonel, Calcium and Vitamin D, B12 injections.


Panike
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   Posted 2/19/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Jen,I'm sorry that you have been feeling so down! Sounds like you are at a really low point.I get that way alot.When I'm up,I'm really up,but when I'm down I'm really down! I really hope that you feel better as i know exactly what point you are at. I also agree with Kitt,I mean there is nothing wrong with trying the CBT but i'm not sure if it is a good idea to come off your meds considering how you are feeling.Is there a particular reason why you are coming off your meds? I mean i think you should at least give the CBT time to work before you go off your meds, unless it was the DR"s idea.

patchouli
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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi nanners just been reading all this stuff have suffered with panic attacks for years they will go away and will be under control for awhile but they do try to suck you back into that awful place time and time again going through it again myself found this site I was so happy to see all of you I cried sometimes you think you are the only one I have had a book since I was young that has been my bible a Dr Clare weeks wrote it I even let my son have it for he also has it as did my mother not as bad as me though look on line for it hope and help for your nerves she explains all the crazy feelings I also have asthma have taken a half a xanax in the morning for yrs- now I take the other half at night my tummy has gone nuts feels like food sometimes is stuck taking prevacid for that it helps hope this helps somewhat== patchouli
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