Posted 12/19/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -8)
The worst for me was when I was newly diagnosed. I read about all the things that could happen, and that really scared me. I was able to think myself through it and realize that I needed to focus on today. Not always easy, but honestly I've been a worrier all of my life, and looking back I know most of what I worry about doesn't actually happen. And when it does, that advance worrying really didn't help me at all. So I look at today and say, ok...this is what symptoms I'm dealing with. I can be thankful that at least for today, I am not any worse. (This is harder when you are at your worst, I must admit.).
Sometimes I'm able to say, whatever....I can't control what is going to happen anyway. Enjoy the days that I can, and know that not all of them are going to be good. When I was in the hospital, and took a long time to recover, I got really depressed about my future. Now, I am on the other side of that, and glad that I didn't completely lose hope. Things did get better and life got back to normal (for me).
As far as meds for anxiety, I wonder why that isn't a standard for us, because stress/anxiety is the quickest way to a flare up for me. When I asked my gi, she referred me to my regular dr. Unfortunately, she was reluctant to prescribe anything, and referred me to a psychiatrist. The only problem was hubby had just lost his job, and our insurance, so I think she was missing my point. No money or insurance=big anxiety...why ask me to spend more money on a dr I can't afford???? It would be comical if my well-being weren't on the line.