Stomach issues & Anxiety

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/27/2008 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with an internal illness (stomach/intestines) that has still yet to be is chronic over the past 3-4 years and ive just kind of battled finally starting to get tests done now
It has been a rough month had to take a medical leave from my dream masters program and a lot of doctors tried to bandiad the physical stuff with SSRI's and ativan and xanax...these drugs were all very horrible and i would never ever conider them again.
I was seeing all kinds of doctors b/c i was away from home and on a combination of anxiety and acid/ bowel down to only 2 drugs now and feeling better (o.25mg of xanax - which is really low and want to be off it completely soon and nexium - acid reducer)
But this physical illness has created a lot of anxiety.....its hard to eat out with friends, go out on a date, go to a bar with friends?
Your always approached and ppl say why arent u drinking or why arent u eating...u watching ur calories....u even start goin to bed earlier b/c u dont want ur stomach upset, and i find myself trying to keep overly busy to get my mind off things....
Im currently trying to stay positive even with all these medial tests in my search for answers....i guess ive just been so busy ive just learned to accept it and in turn its chnaged me a lot....
Deep down eveyone tells me it something wrong with my stomach and i know this to be true...but some part of me thinks its in my head?
Which scares me a bit.....
I kind of just burnt right out...trying to stay positive...anyone else going through something similar?
Any tips?

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/28/2008 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe I know how you feel because I feel the same way as you.
Battling something which has never had a proper diagnosis (and more importantly, cure) and the fact that there are people telling me it's just in my head.
I hope you will stay strong and be able to live your life to the fullest, because that is what I am trying to do.
Sorry my post aint much help.

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   Posted 11/28/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Mark and Welcome to HealingWell,

If you have been battling this stomach problem for 3-4 years it is a chronic illness.  Most people who have chronic illnesses will have anxiety as their life has changed and change is difficult.

The key to switching out of an anxiety state is to accept it fully. Remaining in the present and accepting your anxiety cause it to disappear.

A: Accept the anxiety. Welcome it. Don’t fight it. Replace your rejection, anger, and hatred of it with acceptance. By resisting, you’re prolonging the unpleasantness of it. Instead, flow with it. Don’t make it responsible for how you think, feel, and act.

W: Watch your anxiety. Look at it without judgment – not good, not bad. Rate it on a 0-to-10 scale and watch it go up and down. Be detached. Remember, you’re not your anxiety. The more you can separate yourself from the experience, the more you can just watch it.

A: Act with the anxiety. Act as if you aren’t anxious. Function with it. Slow down if you have to, but keep going. Breathe slowly and normally. If you run from the situation your anxiety will go down, but your fear will go up. If you stay, both your anxiety and your fear will go down.

R: Repeat the steps. Continue to accept your anxiety, watch it, and act with it until it goes down to a comfortable level. And it will. Just keep repeating these three steps: accept, watch, and act with it.

E: Expect the best. What you fear the most rarely happens. Recognize that a certain amount of anxiety is normal. By expecting future anxiety you’re putting yourself in a good position to accept it when it comes again.

And if all else fails, kick the anxiety to the curb. smhair Stick with us.



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   Posted 11/28/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your help Kitt.....I am currently working on this...but the physical stuff is soo overwhelming i guess ill feel better ina few days... all these tests/ laxatives have really taken their toll on my body....but yeah as far as ur message i have already started a few of these steps...but some feelings still arise....its gonna take time and practice.....but thanks soo much anyone else feel free to comment!

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   Posted 11/28/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mark :) Welcome to our little family :) Hope you get to feeling better. The advice Kitt gave is excellent, and many of us are living proof of that :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
God Bless Each & Every One Of You :)

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   Posted 11/28/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mark, I have had anxiety since I can remember and I am now 40. I used to get so nervous that I would have mucous in my stool. Now I have been diagnosed with either Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease. But after seeing 5 GI doctors...they still can't figure it out. I have been on Prednisone for almost a year and have had chronic diarrhea for over a year now. It makes me so sad and my anxiety is now worsened because of it. So I know what you are going through. I have to say "no" to so many events and now I can't even work. I have tried so many different ways to eat and have spent my savings on Nutritionists, Holistic Doctors, GI doctors, General Practioners, MEDICATIONS that have not worked at all...accupuncturists, Chinese Herbs...ugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I now tell my friends and family that I have Ulcerative Colitis and that I have special bathroom needs. If they are going someplace far from a restroom or that I am unfamiliar with...I simply don't go. But I refuse to stop living a full life. There are people who are worse off and THIS IS A TEMPORARY INCONVENIENCE.
TELL YOURSELF THIS. You can always say that you have a digestive disorder and your doctor has put you on a "strict" diet , or else you'll get very sick. They should understand that.
I hope that you heal soon. Try Yoga, and Meditation and Breathing Technic DVD's!!! Also, healing and soft music. Subliminal messages for anxiety helps too!
best wishes!

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/29/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Mark, your situation sounds remarkably similar to mine. I'm doing much better these days. I still have times where it's a little rough but it's night day. I say that so that you know it's possible to improve. All of the suggestions are good, especially Kitt's.

I kind of wish I never changed up my blog. Back in the day I think it was a pretty good example of the ups and downs of recovering from a long-undiagnosed stomach problem and the ensuing anxiety disorder. These days I just complain about the bad stuff and hardly mention the positives, so I don't think I can call it recommended reading it right now.

Getting diagnosed:

You've seen the TV show House, right? Well, that's basically what I did. After seeing specialist after specialist after specialist, I finally went to a teaching hospital and had a whole team of doctors work on my diagnosis. Of course it didn't work anything like it did on television, but it's the same principle. You get a doctor who's in charge of your case and specialists work under him until they've found something out. I'll bet you'd get your answer if you did that. In my case I wasn't even in-patient. I just had a long series of appointments and tests.

Best of Luck. Stay positive.

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   Posted 11/29/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
What was your diagnosis?

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   Posted 11/30/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, first it was a small, benign tumor in my gall bladder that was messing with my digestion. Had the whole gall bladder ripped out. Then when I hadn't improved much over the next few months, I went back and had every test again. A gastrointerologist finally made the diagnosis of "atypical panic disorder" and the lead doctor confirmed. Honestly I didn't really believe it at the time. They gave me no pills. There was no advice to see a therapist. Keep in mind this was at one of the best hospitals in the US. Anyway, it took about a two weeks for the diagnosis to sink in, and at that time I started seeing some improvement. Just realizing what it was seemed to help. But some months later I started going backwards again, so I went to my primary doctor. He wasn't too sure about their diagnosis, but gave them the benefit of doubt and gave me a prescription for a month's worth of Klonopin. If it didn't do any good, they were wrong. If it did, they were right. And they were right. I got a LOT better very, very quickly.

So that's how all that went down. Basically, during a panic attack your body diverts resources (blood/oxygen) to the brain and to extremities. Fight/Flight response. Other bodily functions take a back seat, and I was getting sick as a result. I never would have imagined.

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