Posted 3/1/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -6)
I haven't gone on medication for anxiety, but once I realized the head game I play with myself--the vicious cycle of "what if?" games surrounding my UC, I can talk myself down from the anxiety. Sometimes it works better than others, but just knowing where my anxiety comes from, knowing that it's self-imposed, and coming to terms with my disease over the years has really really helped me relax. I still have outside stress that makes things worse down there...but at least the mind games have stopped.

There are times, however, when I wonder if maybe I should have gone on meds. It definitely would have made the times when I was flaring easier to deal with mentally, but somehow I got myself through it. Mind over matter...

23 yrs old
Diagnosed with UC: March 2004 with probable IBS component

Currently taking:
Asacol 4pills 3x/day
Prograf 5mg/day
(Prograf is my miracle drug! It doesn't seem to be well known, but it's fantastic!)

Previously Tried:
Prednisone (works, but such awful side effects!), 6-MP (gave me acute pancreatitis), Entocort, Cipro (antibiotic), Bentyl, Canasa suppositories, a couple different enemas

Posted 3/4/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -6)
this is very interesting to me. my daughter has uc and i believe she has also always suffered from anxiety. i know there are drs. out there who specialize in therapy for people with uc and other gut disorders. has anyone ever tried this type of therapy? i am going to look into it for my daughter when she is home from school this summer.
Posted 3/4/2008 6:49 AM (GMT -6)
I've always had bad anxiety since I was a kid. I believe there's a connection.
aka. uc veteran

Asacol - four a day
6 MP - 1 tab. a day
Remicade - every eight weeks.

Posted 3/4/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)
I'm more anxious than the average bear. It does play a part.
Age: 30
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day
Supplements: 2 Omega 3s, b-6, calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: I lost count at 6...LOL!
Last scope: 10/9/05-everything looked ok.

Posted 3/4/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)
Im not an especially anxious person (unless on prednisone!) but I am very very very type A.  I am a perfectionist with aspects of my life, and this is why I flared at midterm and final exams as well as my wedding...etc. 
I never did tons of antiobiotics and I dont have reactions to foods.  But tell me I am going to take a test???????????????  Oh yeah.....that's a problem.  devil
Currently in remission since September 2004!!!  I am on Imuran 150 mg and am LOVING life!

Posted 3/4/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)
This is super interesting, and I posted it on the anxiety forum too. My naturopathic doc suggested I get tested for low magnesium levels (which can cause anxiety), since I've got diarrhea alot of the time and I ran a half-marathon in late January (which can deplete your system of minerals). My magnesium levels came back very low. I've started taking a liquid mineral supplement and it's helped tremendously! I've slept better over the past few nights and have also noticed that I haven't reacted as strongly to events that would normally set me off over the past few days. I'm not sure the anxiety is completely gone, but definitely improved. Just thought I'd share. I wonder how many of us have depleted vitamin/mineral levels in our bodies from bad diarrhea? I wonder how much that could contribute to the anxiety?
Diagnosed Ulcerative Pancolitis

Fish Oil
Vitamin C
Slippery Elm

Posted 3/4/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)
Huh. Very interesting indeed. I've heard that too much Mg can cause D too, but then D can lower Mg levels... A fine line we walk!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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Posted 3/4/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)
Isn't Mg similar to calcium in the sense that it helps bind stool?
400-800 mg Asacol a day
Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet (...ish!!), Reduced Stress
"There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives."

Posted 3/4/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)
Actually Magnesium can causes loose stools, while Calcium hardens them. I've been careful with my dosing because I don't want to get worse diarrhea. It's best to take the two together.
Diagnosed Ulcerative Pancolitis

Fish Oil
Vitamin C
Slippery Elm

Posted 3/4/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)

I am not being treated for anxiety, but I am definitely prone to it.  Recently I was suffering from a tremendous amount of it and my symptoms were getting bad.  I know that anxiety TOTALLY aggravates my UC.




Diagnosed April 1998 - Pancolitis
Currently on (per day):
Pentasa 4 gms
Imuran 100 mgs

Posted 3/5/2008 4:15 AM (GMT -6)
There is a difference surely between stress and anxiety. Anxiety is just one form of stress. I think the word "stress" is misused a lot these days. It's a more global term referring not so necessarily to how anxious or nervous you are but "the strain the bodily functions come under". Take an athlete. They are fit, healthy, eat well etc but they push their bodily functions to the max and their bodies can be under considerable stress.

When a doctor tells us we are under stress I think we have a tendancy to assoicate this with nerves, panic and anxiety. I don't think that's the case. If you go to hospital to do a stress test it's the workings of your major bodily functions that interests the docs.

In short I think you can suffer from acute stress without ever being anxious or nervous.
400-800 mg Asacol a day
Iron supplment,Probioitcs
Balanced Diet (...ish!!), Reduced Stress
"There are only about a half dozen things that make 80% of the difference in any area of our lives."

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