anyone relate...or know what this is?

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chrissy27
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   Posted 3/22/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having episodes like my heart feels like it is beating fast and i can't breathe, and my chest tightens.   I always have a feeling of fear...like something is going to happen.  I sometimes have visions in my head of bad things happening to my kids  or i will see scary faces.  I was diagnosed with crohn's disease a year ago...so i don't know if the two are related.  I just feel crazy sometimes.  anyone relate?  are these anxiety attacks?
27 yr old female, diagnosed with crohn's colitis with stricture of the colon april 2007, first fistula- october 07 :(  
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jujub
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   Posted 3/22/2008 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Chrissy, what you're describing sounds like a classic panic attack. The heart palpitations and tight chest are caused by very quick, shallow breathing. I'm by no means an expert on dealing with these, but I'm sure someone here will be able to help you.
Judy
 
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   Posted 3/22/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Chrissy,

I think that Judy is right. It sounds like panic attacks or anxiety. I would talk to my doctor about it if I were you. There are medications to help with that. Also counseling would help you deal with it on your own. I know that deep breathing can help slow your heart rate down and relax you. The best I know is in through the nose and out through the mouth. That always helps me. I would definately talk to your doctor about it though to get it under control.

Good luck and I am sure that somebody else will come along with more advice.

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wen4003
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   Posted 3/23/2008 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Chrissy,

I too agree with Judy and Karen, I think what you are experiencing are panic attacks; quite possibly related to the chron's disease.  A lot of us experience a great deal of anxiety related to our health issues.  We worry about them and what may or may not happen to us with our particular issues. 

I also agree that you should talk to your doc about an anti-anxiety med as this may help with decrease the number and severity of the anxiety attacks.  I also suggest that you consider seeing a counselor for this, counseling could help you work through this and would help you to find ways to stop or lessen an attack.  Just remember to try to stay in the moment and use some relaxation techiniques.  There is a relaxation technique thread on this forum that may be useful to you, I will find it bring it back to the top again for you so that you can read it and hopefully be able to use something from it.  Please keep posting to let us know how things are going for you.

Take care,

Wen


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jujub
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   Posted 3/23/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually had panic attacks for about a year once, years ago. What did help me was breathing in to the count of 10, concentrating on breathing deeply enough that my abdominal muscles relaxed outward. Then I'd purse my lips and breathe out as slowly as possible against the pressure of my lips. I still can get these feelings at times when my claustrophobia kick in (let's not even think about MRI's, please), and I mostly try to avoid those situations. If I do get in them, I practice my breathing and visualize myself in my happy place. For me, that's a mountain meadow filled with wildflowers. That darn meadow has saved me a lot of times!
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 3/23/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Yep.  Sounds like a regular panic attack to me. I don't think it has anything to do with the crohns (but I could be very wrong)..more likely you are anxious about the crohns and this is how your subconscious is dealing with it.  Thanks subconscious!!

I find when I feel my chest tighten and my breathing get shallow I open my arms as wide as possible and take some slow deep breaths counting five in five out until I feel my lungs are full again.  Then I do my best to distract myself untill the panic passes.  It's horrible sweetie, but with practice you can get it under control.  keep us posted on how you are going. xx


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