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Winter
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   Posted 7/18/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have one or two attacks a year but in the last 2 weeks, I have had 3 or 4. I have Crohn's & my attacks stem from riding in a car. I am afraid I will have to pull over & use the bathroom or worse not get pulled over in time to find a bathroom. The weird part is that when I have an attack, it makes my colon act up & I have diarreah. It also makes very sick at my stomach. This weekend, my son has a baseball tournament that is about a 30 minute drive away. I almost missed yesterday's game because of an attack. I took 1/4 of my klonipin & made it to the game before we came back home, I took 1/2 of a tablet. But now, I am awake  in the middle of the night sweating & sick at my stomach thinking about going back to tomorrow's game. I took imodium to keep me from going to the bathroom but in the back of my mind, I always have what if. I am a teacher & am out of school for the summer. I start back in 3 weeks. I seem to have more attacks when I am not working. I have often wonder it is because I stay so busy & am more physically active when I work that I don't have time to think about the attacks. I tried Celexa but it made me feel like I have my motor reved wide open & going nowhere. I don't like the way it makes me feel. I plan on seeing my Dr on Monday since I am running low on klonipin & see if he can prescribe something different than celexa. please pray for me that I get through this weekend baseball tournament without missing my son play a game.
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Allestaria
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Winter,

You can make it. Trust yourself! I know the body tells you other wise. But you can face this and do it. I to have more attacks if I don't stay busy. So my days are filled with activity as much as possible.

I am currently working on becoming more mobile again. I've been stuck at home now for almost 4 years. And yesterday hubby decided to take me on his errands. Now I don't drive any further then 1 mile from my house. So he does all the driving. Anyway, we got to Lowes and as soon as I walked in. Bam thought I was going to pass out, couldn't breath. It was horrible. But I forced myself to continue. And we were there for a good 20 minutes. Then off to home depot, wally world, and then office max.

It was nice to be out and about again. But I had to force myself to do it. I knew if anything came up. I am strong enough to over come it. And I will get over this. The Panic attack lasted maybe 2 minutes max. And I was successful on my first trip that lasted longer then 20 minutes.

I did have to plan my route though. So if anything did come up I had a plan of action. Which helped me to get through the day. So I would suggest that in your plans for the game. Set up an exit. Know where you can go if you need to. Keep either exit plan on 3x5 cards. Include things like which exits have gas stations. Which lanes you need to be in to get off. What ever it takes to make the ride easier for you.
I had my 3x5 cards on a single ring so I could flip through as exits where passed. So I knew what was available coming up. And so on. This way in an event of a panic attack. I didn't have to think it through. I had it already set up and available.

You are a strong person. You can do this!! Let us know how your son does in the game. Because I know you will be there!! =)

Take Care
Cary-Ann

Winter
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   Posted 7/18/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Cary-Ann. The road we travel is a rural road so if the urge hits me, I can always find a bush to go behind. I just don't like the feeling of losing control of myself. My husband & I sat down & had a good talk this morning about what I was feeling so maybe with his support today will be less painful. I still plan on taking a low dose of klonipin to help me alone.
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/18/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Winter,

I am so sorry you are having this increase in anxiety/panic.  May I ask how long you have had Crohn's?  Also what do you do when you are working re your "bathroom" issues.

I know we have several members with Crohn's here in the forum and I am sure you will hear from someone.

I feel the same as you, when I am working and busier the anxiety is less.  The more time I have on my hands the easier it is for the anxiety to creep in.

You have my prayers.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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Nanners
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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Winter,

I too have Crohns disease and will find my anxiety creep back in when I have to go somewhere new. You know how it is, where is the bathroom, is there a bathroom etc. I like you immediately get all the gastric problems (nausea and diarrhea) as soon as the anxiety starts to kick in. I am able to stop mine in its track with the help of my Xanax. May I suggest you taking your Klonipin before you leave the house. This way you head off the anxiety before it has a chance to kick in, that way you can enjoy your sons game. Good luck and keep us posted.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Winter
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,
I have had Crohn's for 8 years but I am in remission. So I don't have any problems with it unless I have a panic attack. Then that stirs things up for a day. I have a very flexible schedule at work. I work with small groups who have difficulty in math & I am the technology coordinator. So I maintain the technology in my school. If I have a bathroom problem, I can send my group back to their homerooms & take care of my bathroom problem plus the bathroom is only 3 doors down from my room. But since I am now in remission, I usually don't have a problem at work. My bathroom issues are usually resolved before I leave for work. thankfully. I plan on staying on my medicine for a while after school starts & see how things go. Then I should be able to wean off of it gradually like in the past.
Nanners,
Thanks, I plan on taking another 1/4 of klonipin before I leave & lomotil if necessary
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Winter,

I am glad you have a job that can accomodate your Crohn's Disease.  I have a hubby with Crohn's so I understand a lot of the disease aspects.  He has had Crohn's for 33 years and has been through some of your same problems. 

Please do take your Klonopin before you head out as Nanners suggested and I hope you enjoy your son's games. I use my med as needed to ward off anxiety too.   :-)
Gentle Hugs to you

Kitt 


Nanners
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Winter,

I too am in remission right now, and only have D problems when the anxiety kicks in. But I have even learned to stop that with the occasional help of my Xanax. I only use it maybe 1-3 times a month. I always worry when the times come for me to retire, if my anxiety will kick in even more. Lets hope not:) Hope you enjoy the day with your son without any anxiety trying to ruin your day!

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Winter
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all your support. I was wondering how many Klonipins you can take a day? my dosage is .5 mg & I usually take it in 1/4ths
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Nanners
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well your doctor prescribes the .5 mg. You can take up to that amount as often as he recommends. You are only take one fourth of it, so you can take up to .5mg. I take .25 mg of Xanax as needed. One seems to do the trick so far,

Good luck,
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Winter
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   Posted 7/19/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info. I made it through the entire tournament. I feel so much better today. Not a bit jittery. I think I will stick with the prozac. The side effects are not as severe on me as the celexa. I actually made the trip back home without taking a klonipin. hurrah. Thank you for all your support
Lialda 3 tablets  daily
Remicade every 8 weeks
Folid Acid daily
Methotrexate 3 times a week
Align Probiotic
 


Nanners
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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah!!!! So glad you were able to enjoy your son's tournament. Am glad to hear the Prozac is working again for you too! Keep up the good work!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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