Having trouble dealing with Crohn's....Panic attacks coming back!

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Julie1014
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   Posted 8/3/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning.  I'm usually over at the Crohn's forum.  I have successfully dealt with Panic disorder.  I was at one time Agoraphobic.  For the past couple of years, I've been doing very well.  I've maintained a full-time job, and continue to push myself.  I occasionally have an anxiety attack, but can get it under control pretty quickly.  Well, the past couple of days, it feels as if my world is crashing down.  My Crohn's disease is getting worse, and my medicines are losing their effectiveness.  Because of this, I've been missing a lot of work.  I'm so afraid of the "what if's"......  "What if I get too sick to work? How will I pay my bills?" etc....  I get so scared feeling so ill.
 
The past week, my panic attacks are rearing it's ugly head.  I feel light headed, shaky, can't concentrate, heart pounding, short of breath, etc.  I'm getting so scared.  I'm trying to cope with a chronic illness, and trying to deal with anxiety on top of it is terrifying me.  I'm starting to babble, so I'm sorry.  I guess I just needed to vent.  I just don't want to be Agoraphobic again.  I have snow-balled my thoughts to being dysfunctional within a 24 hour span!  Thanks to all of you for listening.  Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Julie
I am also from the CD forum and I do know the fears and what ifs you are talking about
Anxiety is actually quite normal as is panic with chronic illnesses so they tell me
I know that you will find a great group of ppl here to help you out as well we have other crohnies on this forum

I would try ( easier said then done) not to think of the " what ifs and what if I cant work "
Go with today hun and lets hope you have all good days ahead ,,,yes I know there will be bad days but try not to dwell I dont and it does help me out to some extent as well as talking to other Crohnies or others with chronic illnesses

You should see a doc and ask for an uppage of xanax for short time or a different benxo to help you thru

Many need Antidepressants ......I have just finally given in after many yrs of not wanting them and I find it does help

Come here and vent all you want sure as Hades sounds like you need to

Stay with us

Email me if you want

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 8/3/2007 5:08:52 AM (GMT-6)


Julie1014
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Lyn, thank you so much for the warm welcome.  You are SO RIGHT about the "what if's!"  I find that is one of my biggest problems.  I wake up in the morning with fear.... "What's today going to be like?  Will I be able to stop going to the bathroom to make it to work? What if I can't work? What if I lose my job? How will I pay my bills? Will my panic attacks be bad?"  These thoughts happen within minutes of waking up!  I get myself all worked up before I even know what the day will be like.  Again, thank you for your time.  Sometimes just knowing you're "not alone" is comfort itself.  Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/3/2007 6:11 AM (GMT -6)   
MY mornings are EXACTLY the same and the toilet routine I can do with eyes closed ( getting there in spped faster than light )
Oh boy do I hear and understand ya hun
Like I said stay with us you will find that the anxiety and panic support may just be a new tool for you

Luvs
LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/3/2007 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Julie,

Welcome to our family. Many of our members have medical issues that trigger their anxiety.

I am so sorry you are going through this...coming here and talking about this as well as sharing it with others is the best thing to do.

I have a husband with Crohn's and I can tell you he is easily thrown into anxiety but he deals with it with anger or shutting down. He fears that it is just a matter of when he will need surgery again.  I try to talk to him but he won't talk about it.

Lyn is so right, the wonderful people with Crohns need to stay on their routines or the anxiety flairs. You may indeed do well on a medication to help you hold the anxiety down.

Please stay with us and keep posting sweetie................you are family here with us and we care about you.


Respectfully
Kitt
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Julie1014
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   Posted 8/4/2007 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Kitt, thank you so much for the warm welcome.  I know I'm not doing well right now with my anxiety/illness, and being here on this board is giving be comfort already by reading everyone's threads.  I also hope to be able to help people here, since I was once agoraphobic and now work full-time.  I've come a long way, and can be very helpful to others.  It just seems like I'm slipping backwards.... I don't want to be the way I was before.... Now it's me that needs the help.... Sometimes I can give the best advice to someone, but forget to follow it for myself! I take Paxil 20mg twice a day and Xanax .5mg 4 times a day.  I have for years and this is what has helped me. I was once as high as 1mg 4 times a day.  That was a long time ago.  I called my "regular" doctor and he advised to take an "occasional" .5mg Xanax during the day for a few days if I feel I'm really struggling.  I guess it's time to dust off my old relaxation tapes..... Thanks again.  Julie :-)
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/5/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
It will be great to have you on this forum as well hun and with all your bkgd in agoraphobia it certainly will come in handy

We do have many ppl that are suffering with this .........


I do hope your a/p gets better for you as you become more use to the ppl here and post more often ...

Glad to have you here with us

Stay with us

LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/5/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Julie,

You are absolutely 100% correct.

Today I may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow I may be the recipient of someone else's  effort to help me. It is a big circle of caring , giving and taking.  Please stay with us as you are truly an asset to our family in A & P.

Gentle hugs to you.


Respectfully
Kitt
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Boomer2uall
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   Posted 8/5/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Julie.  My name is Nick.  Welcome to our little family.  I have to be honest with you, I am not really sure what Crohns is, but I do know that a person can lose a lot of weight and it's probably painfull.  If your panic attacks are coming back because of work, etc., I would take a leave of absence due to illness and go onto unemployment under the sickness benefits.  We have it here in Canada.  Panic attacks, anxiety, and depression are VERY real illnesses and if not taken care of can lead to worse things happening.  If you are in the States, talk to your employer if you feel comfortable and be honest.  I don't know what services they have in the States, but there must be something for income while you are getting better.

Nick

 


Currently taking Paxil 40mg, Clonazapm 3mg, Seroquel 150mg, and Remeron RD 45mg daily.
 
Suffer from depression, generalized anxiety dissorder, and OCD.


Julie1014
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   Posted 8/5/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyn and Kit, thank you again for the warm welcome!  You are all so loving and kind.  I have spent a lot of time today reading through all of the threads, and even though I'm not doing very well right now, I feel that I can reach out and be of help to others, because I've been there, done that, lol! :-)   I will be posting all about me later.....
 
Nick, thank you also for the warm welcome!  Yes, Crohn's can be debilitating at times.  When you mix it with panic, it's not a good feeling.  Thank you for your suggestions regarding employment.  In the US, I can take a leave called FMLA.  It is supposed to keep your job secure and you can take up to twelve weeks.  It is, however, unpaid.  I have used up all of my sick/vacation days.  I unfortunately may have to take some time off because I'm getting so ill.  It's the one thing I try so hard to avoid, though.  I find the longer I'm stuck in the house, the more my mind plays tricks on me, and my "what if" thinking really gets going.  Sometimes, though, I'm just too sick to care.....  Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Silver Artemis
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   Posted 8/5/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
This seems to be a common thing with Crohn's patients, these panic disorder problems and whatnot. I have Crohn's too and I have paranoid personality disorder. Those two things could really hit me hard during college and I can't afford to miss a single day. Crohn's is a nasty disease and I'm in remission but you never know for how long, y'know? Now we're just struggling with the PPD as I like to call it.
Don't play leapfrog with a unicorn. Sea horses are the devil incarnate. Triangles can and will steal your soul given the opportunity.
*I've had Crohn's since I was eleven (that's seven years!)


Julie1014
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Silver, good luck to you with college, and congratulations on your current state of remission!!  Julie :-)
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 50mg
Acidophilus daily
Prevacid 30mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Danxiety
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   Posted 8/5/2007 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey julie!

I have the "what ifs" all the time. I actually was just "what if'n" a few minutes ago. I've mentioned this in another thread, but something that has calmed my mind a little bit was reading (and continuing to read) a book called "Embracing the Fear". I'm sure there are countless great books out there, but this was the first one that actually seemed to helped. It has helped turn my morning panics from a 10 to a 7, which is better than a ten any day!!! Anyways, i really hope that you get the panic under control. My mom takes xanax for panic and it helps her alot. What she does (of course this is in no way medical advice, just what she does) is takes .5 (pops it under her tongue) when panic sets in. In 20 minutes if panic is at the same state, she will pop another. Usually .5MG - 3MG will control her panic. The big thing is the after care. Once panic flares up, it has the tendency to keep coming back (ugh, its so evil that way). So what she does i takes a pretty steady dose (under her doctors super vision) for a certain amount of time even when there is no more panic. She then tapers down and the total process is about 3 weeks. This has been hugely successful for her. She has panic, nips it, and continues treatment to keep it away.

Anyways, i'm sure its all stuff you have heard before, but thought i would share that with you. I hope your panic goes away soon!

Dan
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Anxiety and Panic Disorder.

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- Thich Nhat Hanh


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/7/2007 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Most of ppl call this " Anticipatory Anxiety" .....Google this Phenom if you wish.....

I know I use to be so bad I would open eyes and already had my day doomed in them ya know

Mornings for me have always been the worst since having CD and I have had A/P since I was 8 ......

It is a vicious circle but with friends like on here and support WE CAN and WE will MAKE it come Hades or high water ya know

I started coming here and with my first post in CD forum I felt like I was home FINALLY pple really understood and knew same as this forum ..........I have never looked back and made many a life long friend ......and adopted a daughter and lil siter along the way

The support will always be here for us all and yes Kitt is right .......

Today may be you
Tomorrow may be me
BUT we do get one another thru

Love and All the best to all

LYN
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 Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
             EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
 Walk With Us We Will Take your Hand .......
 
  
                                  

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