Hi LondonRed, its me Gail*Nanners* from the Crohns forum. I too get stress triggers much like you do. If I am worrying about
travelling somewhere, or getting sick and ruining a good time for my husband etc etc etc. I will get those IBS like attacks that make me extremely nauseaous and having diarrhea. I found that the only thing that worked for me was seeing a therapist and the occasional use of Xanax. Thru doing those two things, I now am better able to control it and stop it before it gets too bad. I also use Librax if I find myself getting alot of diarrhea from stress and that will help to slow the poops down and also has a mild relaxant in it to calm my spirits. Now I can recognize when the anxiety is ramping up, and when I feel it starting I will quickly take the Xanax and lay down for a few and I am able to stop it.
Can I do it without drugs? Honestly I have not been successful without the meds. But I only use them about
1-3 times a month now. Hope that helps.
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!