IBS and Anxiety linked?

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   Posted 8/1/2006 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Fellows IBS sufferers could your situation be triggered off by Anxiety? What are your anxiety or fear? I thought it would be interesting to know....

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   Posted 8/1/2006 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
As far as I comprehend it, IBS is not initially caused by anxiety, however anxiety has been linked as a trigger for IBS symptoms for some people.

Personally, if something happens that upsets me emotionally (something severe, not just an unkind word or a broken nail!) then the anxiety I feel shortly thereafter seems to quickly send me into a bout of D. If I'm stressed about school, or a deadline, I don't notice a change in my symptoms (sometimes I'm sick, sometimes not... every day is an adventure :P ).

I think anyone who has IBS suffers anxiety every day the second we realize we have to leave the house. :( The "what-if's" are the worst, because you get so focused on the possibility of an episode that you forget to enjoy life. I'm working on it every day to just let life happen, because in the end you're either going to have an episode or you're not... there's so little you can do about it, you might as well stop focusing on it and just deal with what happens.

~ Jade

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   Posted 8/2/2006 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, my IBS is defaintelyyy set off by anxiety...thats my main problem at the moment, i need to get rid of my anxiety and im waiting and hoping that my zoloft medication will kick in and help. im taking two weeks off one of my jobs so im a bit less stressed out..well anxiety'd out so to speak hehe..so im hoping that will help me...and yeh as soon as i know i have to leave hte house my anxiety kicks in and i have ot go ot the loo...its not fun and not a life i want to lead forever...bah to it hehe

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   Posted 8/2/2006 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to agree, I believe anxiety sets off my symptoms, or at least makes them worse.

I am wanting to try some anti-anxiety pills, however, I do not feel totally up for asking the Dr. for the pills. I have some Vallium (dont ask how), but am afraid to take it, as I have been told it will make me really sleepy.

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   Posted 8/2/2006 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
My IBS is for sure from anxiety. I have health anxiety- all started in February with a weird swallowing feeling- docs told me I had GERD gave me meds for it. Started having D- I was blaming the meds but after stopping meds D stayed. Had all the fun tests and told it's IBS. Now I find that the D has improved since taking anti-anxiety med but anytime I have anxiety over doctor visits, or whatever, the D gets worse. Oddly, if I can make it throught the morning without going to the bathroom, I will have a more normal BM later in the day. I guess it could be due to my anxiety being worse in the morning and it gives me the D.
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