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qwerty1
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   Posted 4/3/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey...I usually post on the Ulcerative Colitis forum on this site but also suffering from depression and possibly anxiety. I wondered if I could ask your opinion...
 
I was diagnosed with depression just over 2 years ago, and starting taking meds for it. about 3/4 months later I started getting episodes (usually for no apparent reason) where I would become headachey, dizzy, shaky, heart beating fast etc. The doctors tested me for all sorts but never found anything and said I was just stressed. This was very bad for a couple of weeks and I kept getting sent home from work. Then it got better...and soon after I was diagnosed with the Colitis. Ever since then I have experienced times where I get the shakes, heart beating fast etc when I get into certain situations, nothing major but still an inconvenience. I often get headaches and feel dizzy. The weird thing is it is mostly on the left hand side of my body...not sure if that has any relevance!
 
I went into hospital a few weeks ago for my Colitis and experienced major shaking and dizzyness on some occasions to the point where I needed a nurse to escort me to the toilet etc. Again they have some several tests and have found nothing physical that could be causing this other than possibly a side effect to the steroids I have been taking. Although improved I am regularly experiencing 'the shakes', dizzyness and irregular heart beats etc on a daily basis. My GP has just prescribed me Citalopram for anti anxiety, and also sleeping tablets. She says my body has been through alot with being ill and this is probably why. I have ALOT of stress at the moment, and have done for the past 10 years or so, none of which has resolved as of yet. To be honest I feel like I'm going to burst and thinking about it all I'm just wondering if, aside from being ill, it is actually my body being over-stressed and anxious and telling me I need to sort it out...(I realise the headaches and poss the dizzyness may be part of being unwell anyway) but does this sound like a reasonable explanation??
22 year old female, from the UK.
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for a week of IV Hydrocortisone.
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering)
5mg Prednisolone suppositories x 1
1g Acetarsol suppositories x 1 (soon to change to Acetarsol)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2
Vitamins A,C,D 
                             
                             


stkitt
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   Posted 4/4/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

It does sound like your anxiety could be contributing to your problems and your physician adding a new AD that covers both anxiety and depression may be a good thing for you.

Remember it does take up to 4-6 weeks to receive the full effect of the AD medications but hopefully you will start to feel better before that length of time.

Many people with a chronic disease have Health Anxiety along with some depression too.

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. Focus on the present and stop trying to predict what may happen next week. Next week will take care of itself

Take care and please keep us posted as to how you are doing.
 
Kitt
 

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Nanners
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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Stkitt gave you some very good advice. I have Crohns Disease myself and will tell you that I developed anxiety related to it. We have alot of issues that we really can't talk about and with the illnesses we tend to get alot of the what if's from being so sick. IBD are diseases that are so hard for us because others can look at us on the outside and say "they don't look sick". But they can't see what the disease is doing to our insides. If you are anything like me you try to push thru alot and work thru situations you really shouldn't. As Stkitt said, remember the medication takes some time to kick in, so be patient and hopefully this will quiet things down for you soon. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way.

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percycat
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   Posted 4/4/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, qwerty1, and welcome!

I can't offer any advice about your diagnosis, but I have had times where my anxiety came on with shakiness and fast-heartbeat and I KNOW it was nothing more than anxiety for me in those instances. You have had a variety of tests, so that's good. It seems very likely that anything serious would have shown up during those.

I'm so sorry that you're having to struggle with all of this.

percycat

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Co-Moderator, Anxiety and Panic Forum

 

DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)

Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac


qwerty1
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 4/4/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Thankyou for your replies. Nanners I am like you in that I do try to push myself through situations, and I think this is half the reason I have got to the point where I am now.

I am really struggling with the shakiness, I am experiencing it often whenever I speak to some people, and often when I know I am about to go somewhere. I am also struggling with work (only doing reduced hours at the mo tho) and get this shakiness alot of the time when serving customers (I work in retail) Everyone knows I've been getting 'the shakes', and all seem to think its medicine related because thats what the doctors were saying in the first instance. I don't want to admit its anxiety at this point, especially with work. Cos I feel like they'll think 'oh shes got something ELSE wrong with her.' Do you know what I mean?!

Thanks again :)


22 year old female, from the UK.
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for a week of IV Hydrocortisone.
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering)
5mg Prednisolone suppositories x 1
1g Acetarsol suppositories x 1 (soon to change to Acetarsol)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2
Vitamins A,C,D 
                             
                             


yellowfin43
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 305
   Posted 4/4/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
You mentioned being on steroids. Everytime I have to take prednisone I have episodes of anxiousness and I feel like Im going to crawl out of my skin. I get very shaky or trembly. I feel like Im about to have a panic attack and sometimes I do. They gave me valium to counteract the effect of the prednisone and that helped alot.
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, Flagyl, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony


qwerty1
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 4/4/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
yellowfin43 said...
You mentioned being on steroids. Everytime I have to take prednisone I have episodes of anxiousness and I feel like Im going to crawl out of my skin. I get very shaky or trembly. I feel like Im about to have a panic attack and sometimes I do. They gave me valium to counteract the effect of the prednisone and that helped alot.

I'm now nearly down to 10mg (need to change my signature!) Like I said in my first post I have experienced these symptoms before when not on any medication..but the shaking/trembling is definitely exaggerated since being on Pred. This is what the GP and doctors originally thought was the cause, but she now seems to think its more than that which is why she gave me Citalopram. Confusing!
22 year old female, from the UK.
 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08, Proctosigmoiditis Jan '09.
Hospitalised Jan '09 for IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect!
Hospitalised Feb '09 for a week of IV Hydrocortisone.
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets (tapering)
5mg Prednisolone suppositories x 1
1g Acetarsol suppositories x 1 (soon to change to Acetarsol)
1g Mesalazine granules x 2
Vitamins A,C,D 
                             
                             


percycat
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 1952
   Posted 4/5/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there, qwerty1!

It sometimes takes a few tries for our doctors to figure out how best to treat our illnesses. I struggle with the fact that "medicine is not an exact science," because I want it to be right, and fast, and accurate all the time! What helps me with the uncertainties is having a very good relationship with my doctor, so that I feel comfortable asking him all kinds of questions, knowing he'll do his best to give meaningful answers.

percycat

Percy/Percycat

Co-Moderator, Anxiety and Panic Forum

 

DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)

Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac


Aries8
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 4/6/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there any way the steroid you're taking is causing the anxiety? You might want to ask a doctor or pharmacist.

I've had the shakiness and the heart beating fast. I've had them separately and together. If I eat a banana that usually takes care of the shakiness. Make sure you are eating small snacks during the day along with your meals. Are you hypoglycemic?

It may be you are suffering from anxiety and you need to tackle that. Whatever reason these symptoms are happening, try to relax when they do come on and tell yourself, "I am fine. I am fine."
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
 
40 mg Prozac, Toprol 75 mg and occasionally Ativan

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