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Lil lilian
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 12/16/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone, i suffer from uc and haven't posted on this anxiety forum before but i have been suffering anxiety attacks, feeling shaking and my heart pounds and i just panic, mainly from the feeling i wont make it to the bathroom in time suffering from uc, but it's really scaring me as i haven't had this feeling before and really need some help on controlling my state of mind, please help!! sad
23 years old
diagnosed uc in 2005 but began 2 years before but unsure if it's left sided or extensive, diagnosed IBS 2003
6x mesalazine daily
iron supplements and calcium
1/2 predfoam during bad periods (but dont respond well)
6x prednisolone daily and reducing
recently started organic diet and check every ingredients label for additives!! it helps! :-D
regular excercise and last signoidoscopy late 2005.
Status: mini relapse.


YaGirlC
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 12/16/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
The key to making a panic attack manageable, is to realize that it does not hurt you, it will go away, and you will get through it.  When symptoms of a panic attack first start, immediately begin distracting yourself and reminding yourself that it is just anxiety, and it will pass.  It is not reality. 
 
It can be a hard thing to grasp at first; I'm still learning to be able to manage them (and by 'manage', I don't mean that all of the panic will disappear, or that they will stop coming; I just mean that eventually you will at least be able to do other activities, in the midst of a panic attack, instead of frozen with fear somewhere in a corner, praying to God to make it go away); and I have been dealing with panic/anxiety for years.
 
I promise you, the feelings are just that: feelings. It doesn't make them real (though I know that they definitely FEEL real), and they always go away.  It will not hurt you.
Cece, 24
 
Mommy to 4 kids, ages 5 and under.  Yep, I'm crazy.  In more than one way!


Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lil lilian and welcome to the a/p forum. I have Crohns disease myself and just developed anxiety this past year. When it hits I find it effects me in a gastric manner i.e. I got nauseous, more D, and really shaky. I started seeing a therapist and also take Xanax on those difficult days to help me get thru. I have learned to spot the anxiety right away and when I take the Xanax right away it stops the anxiety in its tracks. I recommend seeing your family doc and talking to them about how you are feeling.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


stkitt
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   Posted 12/16/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Lillian,

Hi this is Kitt and I am sorry your IBD is kicking up anxiety. I think this is a problem for many with Crohn's and UC etc.

Take a look at this link and you may find information that will help you deal with your panic attacks, for sure you will see your not alone .

Let us know how you are doing.

http://www.wearecrohns.org/anxiety/discussions/733

My hubby has Crohn's.  I understand your problem.

Kitt


 

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Aries8
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 12/16/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Lilian! There are many things you can do to get through an anxiety attack. Changing your diet was a great idea. Also, begin educating yourself. There are many wonderful books out there that can help you. During a panic or anxiety attack, make sure you don't tense up or scare yourself even more with your thoughts. It is important to try and relax yourself. Accept what is happening. You can "ride" through these attacks. You also need to find out what is causing the attacks. Is it your current medical problems? Or perhaps a job or relationship? Remember they will not kill you and many experience what you are going through.

Green Grove
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/16/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Lilian. . . I wish you the best in dealing with this problem! There is some info over on the IBS Thread :)

Take care :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 


Lil lilian
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 12/17/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks everyone for the kind words!! turn i'm trying to face it head on at the moment and try and banish what i'm worrying about the most, i had a long chat with all my close friends yesterday so they understand and a chat with my boyfriend (and a few tears!!) and they were all amazing about it so hopefully that'll ease up the problem slightly, it's good there's support networks like these ones cause it's things people don't talk about and you feel like your the only one!! your all so kind!! tongue xxxxx
23 years old
diagnosed uc in 2005 but began 2 years before but unsure if it's left sided or extensive, diagnosed IBS 2003
6x mesalazine daily
iron supplements and calcium
1/2 predfoam during bad periods (but dont respond well)
6x prednisolone daily and reducing
recently started organic diet and check every ingredients label for additives!! it helps! :-D
regular excercise and last signoidoscopy late 2005.
Status: mini relapse.


Aries8
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 12/17/2008 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Lilian, you may want to pick up some books. "Overcoming Anxiety" and "From Panic to Power" are excellent books to read. I believe someone else had mentioned Lucinda Bassett on another thread. She's a great author! I can't find the book at the moment but I hope I got her last name correct. Also, someone had mentioned a Mitral Valve Prolapse Survival book which I picked up this week. Thank you for that......
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