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   Posted 11/30/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi all, can anyone help?I've IBS,particularly suffering diarrhoea which means i need to be near a loo when it strikes,because i never knew when it would strike i starte to get panic attacks in strange surroundings or when travelling in case i would need toilet and not make it on time.This has been going on for 12 years now and has basically taken over my life!Does anyone suffer same fate and found anything helpful.... confused

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   Posted 11/30/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  This is Kitt, could you give us a bit more info, do you have anxiety and the occasional panic attack?  Are you on any meds for this panic?

Anxiety versus Panic

The terms anxiety attack and panic attack are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. In this sense, the difference is purely a matter of semantics. But from a clinical perspective, panic and anxiety are defined by different features.

The differences between panic and anxiety are best described in terms of the intensity of the symptoms and length of time the predominant symptoms occur.

Panic Attack

During a panic attack, the symptoms are sudden and extremely intense. These symptoms usually occur “out of the blue,” peak within 10 minutes and then subside. However, some attacks may last longer or may occur in succession, making it difficult to determine when one attack ends and another begins.


Anxiety, on the other hand, generally intensifies over a period of time and is highly correlated to excessive worry. The symptoms of anxiety are very similar to the symptoms of panic attacks and may include:

Another important distinction is that, unlike a panic attack, the symptoms of anxiety may be persistent and very long lasting -- days, weeks or even months.

We also have a forum on IBS if you want to post in there to and ask how the members deal with the anxiety caused from their disorder.

Again Welcome.



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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/30/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kitt, thanks for your reply...I don,t take any meds as am fairly against it..In past have been on anti-depressants and calmex...I take natural calming remedies now ie rescue remey or when on a flight valium.If i'm in a situation ie cramps start and i don't kow where nearest loo is, i get very hot and bothered,want to get away from everone around me and get agitated...This used to just happen when travelling but now can happen anywhere ie public places..I would say i am generally quite an anxious person and would have lots of fears eg water,heights etc



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