Major Anxiety with vomiting, diarrhea, and hot flashes

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   Posted 3/16/2011 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone...Using all of my resources to cure this newly diagnosed anxiety problem of mine. I am 32 years old and probably for the past 2-3 years I have suffered from anxiety. I have a great life, great boyfriend, great job, great car, no bills too tough, and Ive been working on my MBA for the past 6 months. For the past year of my life.....Everyday I wake up with diarrhea and I can go 4-5 times a day. Not to mention the horrible hemmoroids that come along from going too much. UGGGGHHHH! Along with the diarrhea, when I get nervous or anxious about anything...I start throwing up uncontrollably and it always ruins everything (I Mean Everything) that I do or plan to do. When I get up in the am to go to work I throw up and have diarrhea, oh and the hot flashes are rediculus!!!! BUT I LOVE MY JOB!!! I have worked there for 12 years!!! I was headed to a concert over the summer with my friend, and after we ate dinner, I started throwing up constantly....We had to turn around and come home. I go to my good friends house to hang out and in the middle of a conversation after being there for 45 minutes, sitting on the couch totally relaxed, I got really hot, my stomach started to turn, and I had to run to the bathroom because I was totally throwing up. I made up an excuse and told her it must have been something I ate earlier, went home, and felt fine. Weeks later however, on another visit it happend AGAIN......So I had to break it down and tell her I am suffering from anxiety.  Ive met with my doctor about this 5 times! SHe had me on Lexapro a low dose to start with a low dose of ativan for attacks, niether of them helped me. 2 months later, she upped both does of the lexapro and ativan, and while the ativan works great, the lexapro makes me sweat like crazy, so she then switched me to zoloft. Ive been on it for 2 months now, but I am not so sure its working...I still get nervous and anxious over everything I do, its keeping me home. Ive gone down part time at my job, because I have called in or gone home too many times sick its embarassing. Ive got it down to a science, the night before I go to work, I pop an ativan, and then another one when I wake up in the morning....The throwing up has seemed to fade some, but the diarrhea is still there and its totally uncontrollable..The ativan does not help the diarreah. I eat sooooo good. Its just my nerves! Any advice would help! Thanks for reading!

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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Is the doctor you've been seeing a general practitioner or a psych. doctor? If you haven't already been screened for intestinal problems, I would highly suggest it.
Your symptoms sound like an intestinal bowel disorder exacerbated by anxiety. The "hot flashes" may be a symptom of an inflamed colon. Medicines combined with a modified diet could change your life dramatically. I also suspect you may have some food sensitivities that would be triggers for diarrhea and throwing up. Until you can see your physician try chewable immodium to help with the D. Stick with easily digestible foods. Avoid any fried, greasy or high fat foods. Alcohol and caffeine can also be triggers for D. Check out healing well's ibd section. You will find lots of resources and helpful people.
Many hugs,

Post Edited (Subzeromambo) : 3/17/2011 11:59:21 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi MG and welcome! I am sorry that you are having such a rough time of it lately. Anxiety certainly does affect the GI system, so you are not alone in that respect, many members can relate to this.

I am glad that you have seen your doctor to rule out any organic health issues (ie, IBS, GERD, ulcers ect.) He/she prescribed meds for you, which I'm glad help, but did they recommend therapy? In my opinion this is the best long term treatment for anxiety and panic.

I would ask your dr. for a referral to a therapist who specializes in treating A/P. It seems like a physical problem, with all of the body's symptoms happening, but you really need to treat the thoughts that trigger the anxiety. This will then stop or decrease the physical symptoms!

I hope that you can get going on this soon. It sounds as if you are miserable:( and this usually doesn't go away without treatment. The good news is that there is help!  I suffered daily panic attacks and with therapy (CBT) I am currently free from them:)

Good luck, and let us know how it goes. Welcome again, and post anytime!
Scaredy Cat
p.s. just read SZM's post...good advice...double check that it's not really an underlying stomach problem.

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 3/17/2011 10:50:16 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/17/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I am with subzero have you had any tests run to rule out any intestinal disorders? I have Crohns Disease and while your symptoms don't sound like Crohns it could be something else.

But....with my anxiety I get the same symptoms. But only when in a anxiety attack, not when I am just relaxing somewhere. I think you might be wise to rule out anything else going on.

Do you have any idea why your anxiety appeared? Any triggers? Hugs and I hope you feel better soon.
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Protonix, 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!

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   Posted 3/17/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Scat - I noticed previously in your postings about "recovery" through CBT. Just now I guess I really thought about it abd read your earlier posting on this hearts racing here at the thought.....but are you saying CBT actually stopped the anxiety? Heart still racing @ the possibility.....PLEASE TELL ME...The panic attacks have stopped completely? The anxiety too? I facilitated CBT for yrs but it was addressing APD/criminal behavior, domestic violence, anger management, substance abuse and a variety of things BUT NOT for anx/panic. So Im hugely familiar with the concepts but never had the opportunity to see or use it for this. I recently ordered a "program" from the Center for Anxiety & Panic (L. Bassett) but havent done it yet. Have you heard of this one or what did you do and pleeeeze tell me when you say "recovery" to what extent? Id do/try anything to stop this. BIG OLE HUGGZ
A friend is someone who, when you have forgotten your heartsong, can sing it back to you.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blue, I'm going to start a new thread on this w/ your name, so as not to 'highjack' this one:)

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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