Urgency and anxiety?

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   Posted 11/25/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I've noticed that several on here are taking anxiety meds. Is that a totally separate issue or is it linked to the Crohn's?

In the past when I've had urgency issues, I get a sudden cold sweat along with the spasms. It feels like some kind of anxiety. I've also noticed that I am usually OK until I know that I'm getting close to a restroom, then the 'anxiety' or whatever it is kicks in and the 'need to go' feeling turns into something more urgent, sometimes resulting in a problem just seconds before getting to the toilet. It's got to by psychosematic. Do you think that taking some kind of anxiety med on days when I'm not feeling well will help?
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   Posted 11/25/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i have been on mine quite a while and gradually over the year had them upped but that is due to having this stoma and all the emotional and physical issues that go with it. i can say that when i was in my late teens i became a worrier about everyone and everything ended up seeing a councellor for a while. crohns i think plays a big part. maybe see your doc and explain how your feeling and see what advise he can give you. Hope you get it sorted out soon Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal 1st week of Jan. Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid,  citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 11/25/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I should add, on a normal day, I'm not an anxious person. It seems to totally revolve around rushing to the bathroom.
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   Posted 11/25/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Hyomax to help when I am feeling nervous and/or sick. I only take it when I need it (like when I feel myself getting sick b/c of a nervous situation, or if I know I will be nervous in a particular situation). All it does is relax my organs and stops my stomach/intestines from spasming. It's been a miracle drug for me.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 11/25/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
After reading your post (s), I feel that adding ANOTHER medicaiton to your regimen may not even be necessary. If you only experience the symptoms prior to a bm, then my guess is it is all in your stomach and a brain chemistry med might not be the answer. I read, a while back, a book on natural healing. In it stated that most moods come from our guts. (butterflies)

When I am feeling that I will need to "go" soon, I too get that anxiety feeling, bad butterflies, and I do take antianxiety/depressent meds (Lexapro). I was a huge worry wort and had severe social anxiety even before any Crohn's symptoms began. Most people don't know the drug resume of their friends, but on a forum like this you get very acquainted with what people take. If it were me, I wouldn't add another med if I weren't suffering 24/7.
Hope this helps and hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Keep us all posted.
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   Posted 11/25/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I definitely would not add a full-time drug for this. But maybe a Xanax on days that I have urgency issues? I'll see what the doc thinks next time I go see her.

Thx for the replies.
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   Posted 11/26/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey J-Web,

I developed anxiety related to my Crohns about 2 years ago. I have had the disease for over 30 years, but did not get the anxiety until the past couple of years. I take Xanax as needed when my anxiety kicks in. The triggers are usually connected to the bathroom, as well as stress triggers. At the first hint of it, I take my Xanax and able to stop it in its tracks. I am only using it maybe 1-3 times a month. Good luck!

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. 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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   Posted 11/26/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it's completely natural to feel anxiety related to urgency. Nobody wants to have an accident, and so it can be very stressful when urgency makes your questions whether you'll be able to get to a bathroom in time. I have that symptom myself, so I completely understand how you feel. Given that it's a natural and normal reaction, I tend to agree with the others who advised not to add another drug. You may be able to work with a counselor who can help you control the physical reaction you're having to your fears about urgency-- like biofeedback.
Good luck to you!


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   Posted 11/26/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughters and I have a name for what you're experiencing, "Bathroom Syndrome," and we use it to refer to all situations when you've held out for some time, but feel as if you won't be able to hold out any longer as soon as you get within site of your goal. As Basil says, it's absolutely natural to be anxious when you're right on the verge of having a humiliating accident. The other thing to remember is that explosive diarrhea is pretty hard on your body; I know I always feel totally exhausted afterwards. So between the am-I-gonna-make-it anxiety and the huge stress on your body, it doesn't surprise me that you'd break out in a cold sweat. But only you can know whether the level of your anxiety is appropriate or not. I think seeing a counselor--if you can find one who understands your situation--is a very good idea.

Hang in!

Julia Hill
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   Posted 11/28/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I can totally relate to the feelings of anxiety when in a panic to get to a bathroom. I have had this dd for 30 years, and now when this is happening, I think to myself it will be ok, I can't help it. There isnt anything I can do about it so why stress and make things that much harder on myself. I do not take anxiety meds, but if it works for you all the more power to you. I have come to the acceptance that accidents are a fact of my life, I try to plan around outings so I dont put myself in bad situations, but sometimes it just happens. Give yourself a break, you have enough to deal with.

All the best,

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   Posted 11/28/2009 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
my anxiety is closely related to my medical issues, and I did not have any until I got sick then I got my first panic attack.

I take anxiety meds and I just adjust the dosage to my medical problems if I am in remission then 5 mg if I have bad D and blood and fatigue and stuff then 10-15 mg hehe.

Now that I have so many medical issues I am learning to deal with it but at first I was a big mess in the anxiety department
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   Posted 11/28/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
You hv been given advice from both sides and thats great..i personally take anti anxiety meds as well ...i believe this is up to you and your doctor to decide if it would be in your best interest like i said you have input from med takers and non med takers for anxiety.....is it affecting your life in a very big way..mine does...i dont want the added stress/anxiety to go along with everything else i have to endure...i really hope you find an answer after weighing all options....keep us posted..lyn
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