Tensing up..then can't go, but really have to...

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   Posted 7/6/2009 1:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Need advice.. Maybe it is an attempt to tell you how much despair I really am in. I don't know what to do with my negative emotions sometimes...sometimes I tense up and become paralyzed (I harbor it all in my stomach)...it's as if I think that tensing my muscles really tightly will somehow make me not feel the pain, but I know full well that when I let go that not only are my muscles going to be fatigued but I will feel even more pain in my stomach or coming out of my you know what... and I am just prolonging it. Figure that one out Freud :/ I'm sure there is something psychosexual in there...but it's affecting everything including my ability to go to the bathroom, aka being constipated...and I don't really know what to do about it. I mean I sit there on the toilet, try to get rid of all the distractions and sometimes it's just really scary...and I just tense the heck up and can't go...does anyone else experience this and if you do, what do you do???

27 year old female diagnosed with UC at age 22; Chrohns 5/09
Asacol 3x's daily.
Entocort (3 per day)

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   Posted 7/6/2009 4:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry don't have that problem. Maybe take a book in the bathroom and read to take your mind off everything and relax. The next thing you know, your done.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Protonix,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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Hunter & Hailey.
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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Many folks with Crohns developed anxiety related to the CD. I think maybe your disease has caused you anxiety about going to the bathroom and that is causing your problems. Wolfie had a good idea about distracting yourself while you are in the bathroom. Another thing might be talking to your doctor about this anxiety and maybe they can give you something to calm you down. I take Xanax on occasion when my anxiety gets to be too much. Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/6/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I actually went to a physical therapist who specializes in biofeedback for that area.  My GI doc told me I was "anal retentive".  ha ha  At any rate, the biofeedback really helped.  Maybe you could look into that.

Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Prednisone 5mg(for 6 more days), Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro & Entocort

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