Hi LisaLee, this is Gail *Nanners* from the Crohns forum. I have had Crohns for almost 35 years and about
2 years ago I developed anxiety related to my Crohns. The other 33 years I did fine, but out of no where the anxiety developed. My husband and I planned a trip to visit his family in Mexico and I freaked out. I was in a constant state of anxiety worrying about
what if I get sick, what if I ruin the trip for my husband, could I eat there without getting sick etc. It was so bad that I had to take a brief leave of absence from work. I went and saw my family doctor and I was diagnosed with anticipatory anxiety. He gave me a prescript
ion for Xanax (25mg, lowest dose) to take, and that has helped immensley. I also saw a therapist for a few months. And the combination of those two things helped me to gain better control over the anxiety. I too am currently in remission, and was at the time the anxiety appeared. But thru the therapy and the occasional use of Xanax I am now much better. I kept thinking I was having mini flares of my Crohns or IBS attacks and it turns out that it was just the anxiety. I only use my Xanax about
1-3 times a month now. I tried a Hypnotist years ago when I had depression from a divorce, it was okay, but I didn't notice alot of change. But thats me, maybe you can give it a try. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!