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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi~ I belong to the Fibro Forum... well I could belong to the IBS, Migraine, Anxiety/Panic and maybe even CFS forum.   Anyway, that's not the point... I'm in trouble BIG TROUBLE.  I am in a massive search for a new job.  The job is a story in it self... I had to quit my job because of my fibro (just dx'd this December).  The trouble I'm in is I have D eyes .  It's awful and I'm not making it to the bathroom or I should say... I am JUST making it to the bathroom.  It's scares me to death.  My anxiety is at an all time high.  I am getting hives and panic attacks on little trips out of the house and maybe my D is all stress, but I'm wondering if it's something that I should worry about.  Ok so.. SO I should belong to the Anxiety/Panic forum.
It's bad enough that I have pain and headaches all the time, but to deal with anxiety and D eyes   at a job.  I don't know how I'll survive this.  I have to work because of money, but the truth is I really feel that I'm going through the motion to show my husband I'm not going to make it in a job.  This is not me btw!!!  I worked seven years with promtions at my last job and now I'm falling apart. 
If you have any suggestions or can point me int he right direction or the right forum for gosh sake I would appreciate any help at all.
Fibromyalgia (DX'd Dec 07) ~ Anxiety ~ Migraines ~ IBS ~ Asthma

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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want to say that imodium is good for the D and or proper diet. The anxiety is probably making the symptoms worse, just as in most diseases. Are you on an antianxiety med, or meds for the fibro? Have they helped? The D could be a side effect of meds. Good luck to you.
Diagnosed at age 19 with CD.
3 small bowel resections, 1 for perforation, 2 for strictures 

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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ouch, I am soo sorry to hear you are having such bad D, and that you just lost your job, that sucks! It's okay to vent about it, you are feeling overwhelmed right now and with good cause. I agree with tinglebell that the anxiety is probably making the D worse, do you practice any kind of stress relief like exercise, meditation, counseling, etc? Living with fibromyalgia is horrible enough but then to have migraines, anxiety and D need a break girl...haha.
Wish I could be more helpful but just know that we are here if you need any help or just to vent!
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,
Lasix as needed for ankle/feet swelling
Self-proclaimed "recluse"  do to CD  ;)

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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
You might give serious consideration to a script for an anti-anxiotic w/a tendency to produce constipation or a slowing of the bowel AND a pain medication that also has a tendency to bind the bowels. Talk to your doctor about such a plan to see what he/she says. Also iron and calcium both have a tendency to bind the bowel so you might want to consider taking a good one a day multiple vitamin w/iron and a good calcium supplement w/o magnesium or very low magnesium as magnesium tends to loosen the bowel. Add them one at a time, w/a week between additions "just in case" so you don't end up at the other end of the spectrum and constipated.

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 1/10/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much for replying to me.  I felt a little silly when I re-read my post.  I'm having a hard time with my NEW life and all that goes along with it.  I have had migraines for many years.  The IBS came on about 5 years ago, but within the last year I have had panic attacks, severe migraines and all over pain (the fibromyalgia).  NOW my IBS is out of control.  I'm in denial that I need to completely alter my life.  After quiting my job a couple of months ago I have been down in the dumps.  I know I need to change my eating and start working out... it's hard when I'm depressed and also searching for work.

I appreciate the suggestions and have already taken some action.  I have an appointment with my PCP to evaluate my meds and an appointment tomorrow with my psych. doctor to help me with my anxiety.

Thank you again so much,

Fibromyalgia (DX'd Dec 07) ~ Anxiety ~ Migraines ~ IBS ~ Asthma

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   Posted 1/10/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck and (((hugs))).
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 1/10/2008 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a drug called Dicetel (canada) specifically for IBS D or C, it's suppose to regulate your system so which ever (or if both) you suffer with it's suppose to aid that, maybe ask your doc about that.
Here's a link for it....

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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Cymbalta is an anti-anxiety anti-depressant med that also helps with fibromyalgia pain. My son is taking cymbalta and it worked very well for him. I know they prescribe it allot for fibromyalgia patients. I am on lexapro for depression and anxiety. I take 25mg of topamax at bedtime and I haven't had anymore migraines. You can google Cymbalta and or ask your docter. I suffered for years. White knuckling on my own. I finally had a meltdown and quit my job. I decided it was time to give in and try some psych meds. I should have done it years ago. I feel so much better. Now I just was diagnosed with crohn's, another hurdle. I will be starting on a steroid enema tomorrow(I'm scared). I think I can deal with my depression and stuff better now with the depression under control. I need a job too and it is scary. I don't have D but I get very bad almost uncontrollable gas. In an office it can really be distracting when you worry about slipping and how embarrasing it would be. I totally understand the anxiety factor. I'm considering going into lawnmowing, then no one would ever know if you slip. Just crank that briggs and stratton life is good! lol

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   Posted 1/10/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there tluvstulips,

I'm so glad you came over to the Crohn's forum to chat. As you've probably guessed, we're pros at handling d. It's a horrible, distressing symptom, isn't it? And I don't blame you for feeling anxious about it - it's horrible.

I echo what some of the others have said about asking your doctor to give you some medication to slow things down. (btw, Buscopan can also be good). Here are some other tips:

* be careful about when you eat and drink. You might find it helps to limit yourself to liquids before work.
* make sure you stay hydrated
* I know this sounds upsetting, but some people here have found that using continence garments can help. (A super-sized menstrual pad can also help). Let us know whether you live in the US or another country, and we might be able to advise on brands etc. Failing that, there might be a continence nurse at your local hospital who can help you. I *know* that it's a big and upsetting step to take, but if it gives you some extra confidence to get out of the house, it may be worth it.
* it might be a good idea to keep a food diary to see if there's a specific food that's setting you off.

Anyway, welcome again, and good luck to you. I hope your visit to the doctor was helpful.

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   Posted 1/11/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

I love you people!!!

debbikay, I wanted to tell you that I have been on Cymbalta for about six months now.  It was given to me for anxiety by my PCP prior to my Fibro dx.  I think it's interesting that you brought it up.  I like the drug and the little side effects (that I notice anyway).  It helped my anxiety at first, a lot.  I use to hive and freak out far more then now.  I take ativan with tylenol PM to sleep and that has helped a bit for the last couple of weeks.  My issue with Cymbalta and I brought up with the Rheumy when she dx'd me with Fibro...  is that it's strange that I was diagnosed while already on Cymbalta.  As I said I'm going to review my meds with my doctor soon and see if we can't control more of my issues.  Good luck to you with your job search!  I use to be so confident.  I hope that comes back once I'm offered a job.  Thank you for your help!

Thank you for the good advice as well I.  I'm trying to look at things differently and you are all helping me with that so much.

Have a great day,

Fibromyalgia (DX'd Dec 07) ~ Anxiety ~ Migraines ~ IBS ~ Asthma

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