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ImaKeeper
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 51
   Posted 9/13/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone....My name is Laura and this is my first time posting for anxiety and panic, I can usualy be found over at the crohn's site..But unfortunatly I am beginning to have terrible anxiety attacks anytime it seems that Im having problems with my crohn's..the smallest things will set it off..I know that I am secretly scared that I will end up in the hospital with another flare up and I just cant go back into the hospital, my kids are still having troubles dealing with it from the last time I was there and if I go in again I fear how they will handle it..Ive tried deep breathing but that seems to make me feel like im having problems with my asthma and it makes it worse..so Im looking forward to meeting all of you...thanks for reading....

currently taking

pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix and started Remicade back in May


stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 9/13/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Laura,

My hubby has Crohn's disease too.  Anxiety disorders are high among people with inflammatory bowel diseases.

Signs of anxiety include restlessness, a lot of worrying about things that probably will not happen, and not being able to pay attention or remain focused on a task. Sometimes the stress can get extreme and lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks are short times of intense fear and anxiety, which often includes quick heartbeats, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness or stomach problems.

Please talk with your doctor regarding your sx of anxiety.  

Some things that may help lower your stress are:

Some things that may help lower your stress are:

Getting enough rest (at least 8 hours a day)

Meditation (sitting quietly with your thoughts) 

Listening to gentle music

Reading

Massage

Taking a warm bath

Going for walks

Regular exercise that you are used to doing .

I am not sure how old your children are but can you sit them down and explain in simple terms what your disorder is like and there will be times when you have to visit the hospital but you will always talk to them by phone and you will come homw.

Keep telling them how much you love them and that you will always be back home to them.  Do you have visiting hours at your hospital and perhaps they could come and tell you how their day was.

Bless you and know I care.

Kitt

 


 

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nervymeg
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2721
   Posted 9/13/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi ImaKeeper,

Welcome to A/P. When did your panic attacks begin? I know that physical exhaustion on your body can cause things like this to happen. Chrohns is a tough deal. Are you taking any new meds that may be interracting? I know that any small change in my diet or my meds can trigger an attack. It may be a good idea to start writing down what is going on in your life, what you are eating, what meds you are taking..it can all be relevant.

I am so sorry you are going through this. Please look at some of our positive threads and join in. We recover through support.

Welcome again,

Hugs,

Meg


Co-moderator Anxiety/Panic
Panic Attack Survivor
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