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General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 9/7/2009 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Although I have not been diagnosed...........Im a smart, educated dude. Not a hypochondriac either.
Let me be clear....I do not have generalized anxiety disorder. In fact, I have a VERY SPECIFIC singular anxiety trigger. Lately it has been bad again......
Manifestations include near-hyperventilation, nervous system reactions(semi-involuntary muscle clenching...teeth, fists, pounding things, stomping, flailing, like my skeleton wants to jump out of my skin) immediate sense of doom and life's futility.......
 
A couple weeks ago, it hit me while I was driving.....almost STOOD UP in the truck while driving due to muscle clenching. My wife gave me clonazapam when we got home...and that zombied me out pretty good.
 
Its been an off/on prob for 20 years, but lately its been at its worst.
I hesitate to ask a Dr. for Xanax b/c I know what it does to me, and I dont want the side-effects. Also, I dont want to take daily maintenance meds.....as I dont have generalized anxiety. I just need a temp fix for when I have the attacks. And I dont want to take anything that puts me down. I dont want to go to sleep every time I have an attack....I just want something to help me get through the attack without becoming a zombie.
 
Note: Breathing excercises aint gonna do it..............................
 
Ideas/thoughts?
 
General Colon Bowel

stkitt
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning General Colon Bowel

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.

It may help the members understand a bit about you if you would share what it is that triggers your anxiety?  Sometimes knowing the trigger will help you learn ways to avoid the anxiety.

Health and Happiness,

Kitt


 

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Nanners
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey General,

This is Gail*Nanners* from the Crohns board. I suffer with anxiety related to my Crohns. In my case they call it anticipatory anxiety. When I am flaring or have a increase of stress I will get anxious. For me it gives me alot of gastric symptoms i.e. nausea and D, but also muscle tension, and that jumpy feeling. I take the lowest dose of Xanax .25 mg, and it works well to calm me down quickly. I do not use it everyday, but maybe 1-3 times a month, only on those bad days. This lower dose does not make me drowsy either, just chills me out. Hope that helps a little.

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

General Colon Bowel
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
UNfortunately, to tell you about what causes my anxiety may cause me to have another attack........b/c I have to bring it up again, forcing me to think about it/dwell on it. As it is, just skirting the issue makes me uneasy, so I have to pass for now..........

Nanners
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
General if it is so difficult for you to discuss, I would recommend you getting in with a therapist and work with them to help you overcome this anxiety. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

General Colon Bowel
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Date Joined Nov 2003
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   Posted 9/7/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Nanners said...
General if it is so difficult for you to discuss, I would recommend you getting in with a therapist and work with them to help you overcome this anxiety. Good luck!

I tried that once too........hehehehehehehehe........that's when I found out that really talking about it did nothing except make me think about it more.......and the whole time I sitting there telling her all this stuff Im thinking, "Why dont see the logic behind my reasoning? Why arent your converting to MY way of thinking??" Its was like, telling her wasnt going to change the fact that my trigger wont go away...nothing will make the trigger go away.......its inescapable.
The best I can hope for is to get some kind of miracle med that makes my episodes tollerable, but doesnt knock me on my butt....... confused

Mazfire
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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Cassandra Evers said...
I heard many stories from somebody tellling about their nightmare with Xanax.
Xanax can help. But if will be taken as a habit, they may worsen your health.

Cassandra- I am curious- have you taken Xanax? You seem opposed to it. You mentioned not using medication in another thread.
 
I am wondering if you personally have had a bad experience with it?
Yes it is highly addictive, but taken properly as prescribed, Xanax has worked wonders for thousands, myself included. I am not 'addicted' to it, however I do rely on it to help me, along with antidepressants and wholistic practices.
 
Xanax is not everyone's cup of tea, but It gave me freedom to manage and control my symptoms with ease.
 
All the best,
 
Maz
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