My IBS used to come and go during times of stress and my main symptom was diarrhea. Then last Sept. I had a ruptured ovarian cyst that was misdiagnosed. I had severa nausea with it, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. My body hasn't felt the same since. That triggered so much stess and brought on the anxiety. I feel like I aged 20 yrs. because of that. Keri, it's funny you mentioned the gall bladder. After the cyst ruptured, I collapsed at home and was taken to the ER. They told me it was a virus and sent me home a couple hours later. A week later I still felt all those same symptoms, so I went to a different hospital. At least, they admitted me and did tests. They should've done a complete abdominal ultrasound, but instead they just looked at my gall bladder. My stomach area hurt all over and I did have pain right below by ribcage which they thought was related to the gall bladder. My gall bladder checked out fine. I will keep what you said in mind for the future if I have all those symptoms. Anyway, I stayed in the hospital 4 days. It wasn't until I got home and saw my GYN that she ordered an ultrasound and noticed all the fluid in my abdominal cavity. So, since that incident my IBS has gotten out of control with those weird feelings before I have to go. I'm sure I don't get enough fiber in my diet. I take metamucil caplets. I can't really tell if that helps or not. Maybe I should be taking more, though.
I mentioned that these attacks mainly happen at night when I'm sleeping. Then yesterday in the evening I was playing with my daughter and having fun. All of a sudden I felt flushed in my face and felt weak. I thought an anxiety attack was coming on. I had to try and calm myself down. Luckily, those feeling subsided fast. Even though I didn't feel like I had to go to the bathroom, I figured I'd try. I went and I felt o.k. Except I still had minor anxiety feelings after that. It's a scary feeling when that happens. But, as long as it's normal, I have to keep telling myself that and to not worry about it.
I am looking into taking yoga classes. Many people say that's so beneficial. So, I know it's worth a try. I'm making calls to a few places now. Also, when my body feels really tense I'll go in our hot tub. That helps, too.
I really believe, too, part of my problem is hormonal. Ever since the cyst problem, whenever that time of the month comes along, the week before my anxiety kicks in full force. And I feel totally crummy.
As far as stressful situations my father-in-law died unexpectedly a few months ago and that's been hard on our family. We're still trying to deal with that. Plus, my grandmother was hospitalized and almost died. My sister and I take turns doing her shopping, paying her bills, etc. That's stressful. It's hard enough to do my own. But, I guess, I have to tell myself it won't be forever.