I know this is a little off topic but my Dr thinks that I hold my stress in my gut and that may be why I suffer so much with constipation - even with the ileostomy. I do not believe that I have that much stress - not like when I was in college studying for exams or when I worked at had demands that needed to be met. I believe that I just have "normal life stresses." The type were you're busy all day tending to life and everything that needs attention. My Dr says I have trained my body to hold stress in my gut and even if I don't "feel stressed" I am still tense in my gut area. Maybe he is right..I'm not sure. Can someone please share with me if they are taking any behavior modification medications and if they are affective? Can you tell me what you are taking so if my Dr recommends something I will know a little about that medication already. My Dr wants me to see a psychiatrist first before he will give any medications. I am not keen on the idea of taking any mind altering medicine. I almost never take any medications - even when I am ill. I refused my pain meds immediately after each surgery and I opted for natural child birth so I would not have to put these medical products in my body. So, before I agree to even try any medication, I want to make sure I know what I am taking and what the side effects may be. And I certainly do not want to take something that may not be beneficial.
Thanks in advance for your posts and help.
I, like ME! have been prescribed meds for depression and anxiety. I take fluoxetine (Prozac) for the depression and I have Lorazapam for anxiety. I have been taking these for more than 15 years. I never like to take meds but these meds have helped me to live a normal and healthy mental life. I don't go bouncing off the walls after taking the meds but it does help to replace the serotonin (brain chemical) that seems to be lacking in my system.
My lifelong friends and my wife say they didn't see any drastic change in me after being on the meds but I did feel calmer & more at ease.
I think it is very important to see a doctor who you trust and connect with. I see the psyche doctor only twice a year, basically to renew my scripts, but I saw him more often when I first started.
It was a real jolt to my pride when I first went on the meds, but, I came to accept it after time. I no longer feel there is a stigma in getting help for a problem. The best advice I think I can give you is to try and approach this with an open mind. I don't need to tell you to investigate any suggested meds, I already know that you will do this.
I hope you feel better soon!
My GI doc prescribed one of mine and my gyn nurse practitioner prescribed the other... don't have to see a psych dr for them.