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scgl07
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   Posted 9/3/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I was curious if anyone else has dealt with this or knows someone? I am constantly in fear of having diarrhea or getting the stomach bug when I am not at home. I constantly worring, I can't go and do anything because I am so worried. I usually just stay at home and do nothing. I use to be a very out going person. I loved to go hiking, travel, sports and to shop! Basically I was never at home. I am 25 and this problem started about 4 years ago. I have been married now for 3 and just had a baby. Over the past month I have dealt with 2 horrible panic attacks. Enough where I had to send my child to my parents so my husband could help me. I have never had anything to that extent before. I would get small ones where I have to "talk myself out of them" which rarely works. Then I end up getting diarrhea and of course i have a fear of public bathrooms! Anyways I was just put on buspar in the last month and it hasn't done anything. Now I am taking lorazepam 2-3 xs a day and lexapro once before bed because it makes deathly neaseous. I have had blood work and all my levels are normal! I am just so tired of being terrifed to go somewhere because I may have to go to the bathroom, and I end up usually do bc i worry! Now I am thinking about a therapist to see if it can help! i am suppose to go on vacation in a couple of weeks and i am terrified of the ride up there! this is ruining my life! If anyone has any help or comments please let me know! I want to be able to enjoy my child

stkitt
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   Posted 9/3/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Scgl,  Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P Forum. I am Kitt.

I am so sorry you are feeling so anxious and having these physical symptoms too. I definitely feel that therapy would be a great step for you.  Most of us have been to some type of therapy.  Your physician should be able to recommend someone to you.  You may want to read through some of the posts and you will see that therapy is a common topic.

I know you will hear from our wonderful and caring members so stay with us and keep posting.

We are here to support you and help you through the good and the bad times.  Congratulations on the new baby. yeah


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/4/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW
I would really rec as Kitt did to tell your doc about all of this
There is a syndrome called " nervous stomache " which can be tx properly with a doc's help for sure
I ahve crohns so I all to well know the horrors of needing to go out but worrying all the time
I HAD to get my life back as I was losing my life and in with that I was killing all the joys of watching my daughter grow and become the beauty she is today
It is acheivable .........baby steps and support will and can help you as will CBT if you are interested there is a thread on the CBT with the link
Talk to your doc about immodium or OTC AD"s for your tummy
Watch your intake on certain foods see if there are triggers there as well

Sorry you are going thru this know that we are here hope some of what Kitt and I have said will help you out

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peacesoul
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   Posted 9/5/2007 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
scgl07 said...
I was curious if anyone else has dealt with this or knows someone? I am constantly in fear of having diarrhea or getting the stomach bug when I am not at home. I constantly worring, I can't go and do anything because I am so worried. I usually just stay at home and do nothing. I use to be a very out going person. I loved to go hiking, travel, sports and to shop! Basically I was never at home. I am 25 and this problem started about 4 years ago. I have been married now for 3 and just had a baby. Over the past month I have dealt with 2 horrible panic attacks. Enough where I had to send my child to my parents so my husband could help me. I have never had anything to that extent before. I would get small ones where I have to "talk myself out of them" which rarely works. Then I end up getting diarrhea and of course i have a fear of public bathrooms! Anyways I was just put on buspar in the last month and it hasn't done anything. Now I am taking lorazepam 2-3 xs a day and lexapro once before bed because it makes deathly neaseous. I have had blood work and all my levels are normal! I am just so tired of being terrifed to go somewhere because I may have to go to the bathroom, and I end up usually do bc i worry! Now I am thinking about a therapist to see if it can help! i am suppose to go on vacation in a couple of weeks and i am terrified of the ride up there! this is ruining my life! If anyone has any help or comments please let me know! I want to be able to enjoy my child

OMG..I just found my soul mate!
That is ONE of my biggest fears! hahah. I thought I was alone and crazy. Wait, I am alone and crazy..haha!

Yes I constantly fear this. I have IBS and get many sore stomachs.
This fear of mine manifested itself from 3 bouts of food poisoning I had over a 5 yr period. All 3 times I ate chicken from a restaurant and ther person with me also got it.
Public bathrooms are not pleasant for sure, but if you have to go, you go right?!
I work with all men and we all share a bathroom (yucky right), well this bathroom makes me want to poo my pants. Well 3 weeks ago, I had a stomach bug, guess what? I had no choice and went? I panicked...oh man did I panic! But you know what, it wasn't as horrible as I thought.
It's because we care so much about what others may think if we have to "go" right.
I came out of that bathroom for the 4th time and no one even cared.
When I have a bad stomach day, I too avoid places where I would not have easy access to a bathroom. It is making life tougher, but ppl with Crohn’s or Colitis live like this daily.
What you can try is taking L Glutamine (also lowers anxiety). L Glutamine works with IBS in stopping diarrhea. And I am the diarrhea queen...hehe! I also take a lot of probiotics. This works 95% of the time.
As for the stomach bug, well that is still a tough one for me, b/c I work far from home and if I get it and need to drive home, well I just better have a bag and not get pulled over by the police for speeding :-)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/6/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
There are many with A/P that too have this problem but are more reluctant to bring it out in the open........
 
Too funny......I DID get pulled over yesterday and felt like I was gonna Chit me drawers but I made it and with no meds ...whewwwwwwwwwwwww

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   Posted 9/6/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Awww  Big Sis,

I am sure glad you did not have to find new bloomers to wear. I would have needed clean ones just from getting pulled over.  lol

Lil Sis


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debaser
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   Posted 9/6/2007 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
scgl07 said...
I was curious if anyone else has dealt with this or knows someone? I am constantly in fear of having diarrhea or getting the stomach bug when I am not at home. I constantly worring, I can't go and do anything because I am so worried. I usually just stay at home and do nothing. I use to be a very out going person. I loved to go hiking, travel, sports and to shop! Basically I was never at home. I am 25 and this problem started about 4 years ago. I have been married now for 3 and just had a baby. Over the past month I have dealt with 2 horrible panic attacks. Enough where I had to send my child to my parents so my husband could help me. I have never had anything to that extent before. I would get small ones where I have to "talk myself out of them" which rarely works. Then I end up getting diarrhea and of course i have a fear of public bathrooms! Anyways I was just put on buspar in the last month and it hasn't done anything. Now I am taking lorazepam 2-3 xs a day and lexapro once before bed because it makes deathly neaseous. I have had blood work and all my levels are normal! I am just so tired of being terrifed to go somewhere because I may have to go to the bathroom, and I end up usually do bc i worry! Now I am thinking about a therapist to see if it can help! i am suppose to go on vacation in a couple of weeks and i am terrified of the ride up there! this is ruining my life! If anyone has any help or comments please let me know! I want to be able to enjoy my child


I definitely know someone like that! And there are times when I'm a little like that, too, largely because of experiences like this:

http://anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/2007/08/great-whataburger-incident-of-2007.html
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


peacesoul
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   Posted 9/7/2007 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
debaser said...
scgl07 said...
I was curious if anyone else has dealt with this or knows someone? I am constantly in fear of having diarrhea or getting the stomach bug when I am not at home. I constantly worring, I can't go and do anything because I am so worried. I usually just stay at home and do nothing. I use to be a very out going person. I loved to go hiking, travel, sports and to shop! Basically I was never at home. I am 25 and this problem started about 4 years ago. I have been married now for 3 and just had a baby. Over the past month I have dealt with 2 horrible panic attacks. Enough where I had to send my child to my parents so my husband could help me. I have never had anything to that extent before. I would get small ones where I have to "talk myself out of them" which rarely works. Then I end up getting diarrhea and of course i have a fear of public bathrooms! Anyways I was just put on buspar in the last month and it hasn't done anything. Now I am taking lorazepam 2-3 xs a day and lexapro once before bed because it makes deathly neaseous. I have had blood work and all my levels are normal! I am just so tired of being terrifed to go somewhere because I may have to go to the bathroom, and I end up usually do bc i worry! Now I am thinking about a therapist to see if it can help! i am suppose to go on vacation in a couple of weeks and i am terrified of the ride up there! this is ruining my life! If anyone has any help or comments please let me know! I want to be able to enjoy my child


I definitely know someone like that! And there are times when I'm a little like that, too, largely because of experiences like this:

http://anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/2007/08/great-whataburger-incident-of-2007.html

Funny! I read it.
But with not having a gallbladder comes the responsibility of making sure you eat right so that does not happen.
This dude had not eaten in over 12 hrs. Of course bile has time to build up.
It was a funny story though.
Hail to the crapper ;-)
 

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   Posted 9/7/2007 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Peace

Don't ever lose your sense of humor.  It will take you far and always help you keep your perspective.

Thinking of you this Friday Morning.  Take Care. ((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))


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Soonblue
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   Posted 9/7/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this problem for many, many years. It manifested after a night when my parents went out and I got sick home alone by myself. I believe I was about 11 when this happened, and for the next six years or so, I dealt with the fear of getting diarrhea/sick to my stomach when I was home alone, at school etc. It got so bad during the summer of 1996 that my father would have to drive home during his lunch hour(not easy, he worked half an hour away), to make sure I was ok, otherwise my nerves would go all a-jangle.

I'm happy to report that I'm 23 and my folks live about forty-five minutes away. The thing that really knocked me out of worrying about this was HAVING to go off to college on my own. It was an uphill battle for several weeks after that and I went through a VERY hard time, but I did get over it. I do still have a very weak stomach(from my dad's side), but these days I have no trouble dealing with it on my own.

Don't worry...I know it's a horrible feeling but you will get through it, you've just got to face it. You can do this!

prisoner of porcelin
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   Posted 8/20/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
oh my god! it is so good to find people who think like me... but obviously not good we are all here.
 i read the first thing on this topic n thought i must have written it myself! you are not alone many of us suffer from this n can and has taken over my life! i am going to read through everyones experiences and problems and see if i can help.
 i have had this for years, am 22 now.
i have had counsuellin for my drug abuse (trying to cope with my thoughts) .. but have not yet said about it to the counsuelor as was too embarresed!
 i have abused various drugs and alchohol which have actually made things a lot worse! so not a good move!
 i am on 20mg of diazepam and 30mg of mirtrazapine for anxiety and depression. which now i am addicted to and do not gain anything fromn!
but need to start tryin to sort those thoughts out! i avoid people, places and anythwhere i might catch something from.
i will put up another post soon once i have read everyones posts!
just wanted to show my face.
 
 

prisoner of porcelin
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   Posted 8/20/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
i must add ginger tablets stop stomach pains or general sick feeling or root ginger.
its cheap n you can get it from any health food shop.
i notice these posts are quite old but reading them has helped me. knowin im not the only one... etc..
i dont think anyone fully understands apart from people who have gone/is going through it!
would love to hear how ou are all getting on.
keep in touch...

PRISONER OF PORCELIN

stkitt
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   Posted 8/20/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Prisoner,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.  I am so sorry you are having a tough time.  I think all of us here have had tough times but we do support each other so climb aboard.

Remeron is one of the few meds that you don't usually need to titrate (up or down) with... especially at lower doses (30 mg is less than the typical therapeutic dose). I suspect you have anticipatory anxiety.  Do take a chance and talk with your therapist about you problems..............you are in a position to receive professional help. 

The side effects of Remeron are  abnormal dreams; abnormal thinking; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth; flu symptoms; increased appetite; weakness; weight gain.

Again welcome

Kitt

 


 

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lynlo
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   Posted 9/14/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm soooooo glad I am not alone!!!!
I have been living with the Big D for years and know that it is linked to anxiety. Lexpro made me sick to my stomach. I can't travel in a car or plane or train with anyone for fear of having a public accident. I recently got involved with someone who loves to travel and wants to share all of the excitement of experiencing these things with him, but I don't know where to start to overcome this fear. I am a very outgoing and active person, until someone invites me somwhere then I fall to pieces and usually cancel any invites. This has really made me lose out on a lot of great opportunites. No medical condition can explain it. I'm sure it is anxiety, should I just hit the therapists office and get some valium for this? Any advice or suggestions is welcomed. Thanks

lynlo
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   Posted 9/14/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
scgl07 said...
I was curious if anyone else has dealt with this or knows someone? I am constantly in fear of having diarrhea or getting the stomach bug when I am not at home. I constantly worring, I can't go and do anything because I am so worried. I usually just stay at home and do nothing. I use to be a very out going person. I loved to go hiking, travel, sports and to shop! Basically I was never at home. I am 25 and this problem started about 4 years ago. I have been married now for 3 and just had a baby. Over the past month I have dealt with 2 horrible panic attacks. Enough where I had to send my child to my parents so my husband could help me. I have never had anything to that extent before. I would get small ones where I have to "talk myself out of them" which rarely works. Then I end up getting diarrhea and of course i have a fear of public bathrooms! Anyways I was just put on buspar in the last month and it hasn't done anything. Now I am taking lorazepam 2-3 xs a day and lexapro once before bed because it makes deathly neaseous. I have had blood work and all my levels are normal! I am just so tired of being terrifed to go somewhere because I may have to go to the bathroom, and I end up usually do bc i worry! Now I am thinking about a therapist to see if it can help! i am suppose to go on vacation in a couple of weeks and i am terrified of the ride up there! this is ruining my life! If anyone has any help or comments please let me know! I want to be able to enjoy my child
I live with it every day...you are not alone.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lynlo you have posted to a very old post, and I don't think that person is even a member anymore.
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belleadonna
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   Posted 1/10/2012 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I know these posts are several years old now but it's great to know it's not just me!!!! :)
I was always a fairly anxious person even as a child and in my late teens developed what I now know to be Panic disorder with agoraphobia though at the time I had no idea what was going on. My terrible fear of pooing myself started when I was about 17 after I got diarrhea from a tummy bug while traveling home from holidays (literally in the car driving home). luckily we had stopped for lunch at a park when it hit. afterwards I'd freak out thinking about what would have happened if we hadn't stopped. we were traveling through country N.S.W (Australia) where you can go for hours sometimes without seeing a house let alone any public toilets! This fear has carried on to some degree even now. The worst thing is this kind of fear and D is a self fulfilling prophecy. you stress about it and the stress up sets everything which just adds to the initial fear and round and round you go. It's a terrible thing. It stopped me from doing all those fun things someone should be doing in there 20's now I'm heading into my 30's and finally staring to enjoy life. It took a long time but with meds and a lot of hard work I got there. Though I still have my bad times. Like now I'm going into get my wisdom teeth removed tomorrow and been stressing big time and it's starting again but this time I know what to do so after it's done hopefully I can get back to what passes for normal for me smilewinkgrin
Thanks for giving me a place to ramble on

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   Posted 1/10/2012 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome belladonna!

This is a rather old thread, but I am glad that you found some comfort and could relate to it...however you are welcome to start a new thread of introduction if you feel comfortable doing so

This way more members can recognize you as new and welcome you:)

Take care and post anytime!

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feelcrazy13
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   Posted 1/16/2012 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same fear in some way. I am petrified of getting a stomach virus and the thought of it makes me want to die, it gives me tons of anxiety. It definitely helps knowing there's other people out there with the same problems. I'm better than I was years ago, As a kid I would be afraid to eat because I was so scared I'd get sick. I eat plenty now but the fear is still there when it goes around in the winter. ugh, How do u get over this?

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   Posted 1/16/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, this is also a big struggle for me, but this experience helped. ..

The last time that my daughter had a stomach virus, I was up to my elbows in V and D cleaning up...so in addition to feeling awful for her, I was in a panic sure that I would get it. I literally couldn't sleep for fear of waking up violently ill and unprepared...I was scared of going into a panic while sick, and that I couldn't survive both!

Well it turns out I did get it...but it was pretty mild with me...a little bit of D only and aches and fever, but nothing like I have had in the past. My imagination and anticipation of it was way worse than what I actually experienced.

So I try now to say "So what?" instead of "What if?" Because what I put myself through with my anxiety was the torturous part, not the illness itself!

We can't control these things of life completely, and end up making ourselves more miserable in the process of trying.

I hope that this helps a bit...I am still no fan of the stomach flu, but who is? I think everybody dreads it...but if you can take the abject fear about it away and say "So be it.", maybe that will help.:)

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belleadonna
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   Posted 1/17/2012 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
It took me a long time, and we're talking years here, and medication to get to the "so what' place. A lot of telling myself that EVERYONE has had D at some point in there life and that people aren't going to judge you or abuse you if worse comes to worse and you have to rush to a toilet. I also still keep a packet of in date anti diarrhea meds in my purse and check for the closest toilets just in case :) I find it eases my anxiety a bit and over time it's become less and less.
I know what you mean about things going round. I rely solely on public transport to get around so you can imagine what that's like in flu season *eww* I just make sure I follow basic hygiene e.g washing hands before I put anything near my mouth plus I take pro biotics to keep my gut healthy.
If this anxiety is stopping you from doing the things you want to and you haven't already seen a doctor I'd say go see one or two if you don't like the first one.
Hope this has helped :)

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   Posted 7/17/2012 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. It's so weird to see others in my same circumstance. It's scary and a relief all at the same time. This obviously exists but people are coping with it. I am 20 and pregnant with my second baby. Right now I have left the house twice in 5 weeks. I even missed my parents anniversary party. This is taking control of my life and socially of course. I feel helpless. I should be traveling and having a blast right now and I can BARELY make it to the dr. The D word and anxiety are consuming me. I don't know what to do. :( I hope I get better!

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   Posted 7/17/2012 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brimama and welcome!

I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with anxiety and D right now...you're right, you should, and deserve to feel well...enjoying all of the fun things that life has to offer.

Now might be a good time to think about getting some help through therapy...before the baby comes. Anxiety and its awful symptoms are treatable! I went through CBT for relief from panic attacks and it was the best gift that I could give to myself and my family!

We have a couple of other members who are pregnant here currently...and lots of moms who can relate to your situation, so keep posting with us.

You will find lots of understanding and support here.:)

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lilacchocolate
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   Posted 9/6/2012 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Here I was thinking I was alone :/

When I was 16 I started taking minocycline for my acne, by pure miscommunication with my doctor I took it for a full year (as opposed to 6 weeks, stop, then start again etc.). Needless to say it caused havoc on my digestive system (as well as my thyroid gland) and this manifested itself while I was on a school trip for a week in Tunisia (including a night in the dessert...no toilets) :( After a year of getting my body back to normal (and the time it took for both the doctor and I to realise what was causing my Big D) I went on roaccutane for a year (this time you are actually mean to do this) to fix my acne. I have since finished with roaccutane in December 2011 with better looking skin I’ve been a little better. But recently the problem has come back full force and in my case travelling seems to be the trigger (or knowing that I’ll be travelling for a long time; car, bus, plane). I went to Italy which was a special trip bought for my 21st Birthday and even though I managed to visit all the things I wanted to see, I got the Big D again (couldn’t really enjoy the amazing food) now after 3 weeks of the Big D I have yet again taken a blood test and stool sample and I do not have any parasites and apart from low iron I’m fine (I refuse to take iron tablets because all the ones I’ve tried ((even before my whole problem started) just made me feel unwell and gave me the Big D also)).

What doesn’t help is that I’m back at University (final year) currently living with a friend who is very sociable and likes having people round, and I’m too scared to eat (even when hungry) because I’m scared of what might happen (which with this vicious cycle ends up happening). I’m moving into my own flat in a month’s time, but I would like to stop having this ruin my life. I feel that it has ruined my final school years and my university experience, I was much more sociable even though a naturally shy and introverted person but this is forcing me to be even more introverted than I would like, I’m turning down invitations and I’m scared of being asked on a dinner date (because hello food) and these are meant to be the best years of my life. I’m also starting to doubt my career choice and dreams because of this and the inconvenience it is causing :(

Although I have spoken to my therapist I don’t feel that it did any good, so what medication was recommended for you? Especially belleadonna since she/he mentioned meds but not what.

P.S. Just found this site and it looks like it has some amazing supportive people so I thought I would also share and hope for your lovely advice, thank you :)

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   Posted 9/6/2012 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!

I am sorry to hear about your troubles.:( Did your therapist recommend any coping or anti-anxiety mechanisms or exercises? If this is something like IBS, then doing these everyday should help.

Besides OTC anti-diarrheal medicines, you could ask your doctor about changes in diet and possibly a probiotic to help control your symptoms.

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. You are right...this is an exciting time in your life and you need to feel well enough to do the things that you need and want to do. Between your therapist and your medical doctor, I really hope that you get the answers that you need!

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