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.
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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