Thanks everyone for your responses. You all are the greatest! I am so glad I found this forum.
I too believe anxiety and UC are tied together. I also think the Prednisone has a lot to do with it. Each flareup makes it harder for me to drive and leave the house. My poor GI doctor has tried me on numerous antianxiety meds. The first one I tried was about 4 years ago. It was Paxil. That one took me 2 days to get out of my system. I was afraid to try others, so I dealt with the anxiety and panic attacks. I would avoid traffic, busy intersections, etc. I even bought a portapotty and carry it with me even now in my vehicle. That worked for a while, but the last two flareups have made me a mess. The thought of even driving down the street gives me panic attacks, one after the other. They totally exhaust me. Isn't it crazy how the mind works?
So far I have tried Xanax, Ativan, Zoloft, Buspar, plus I take the UC meds.
I have also heard about the exercising. I do walk about 3 evenings a week, that is if I feel okay. Some days, even after a flareup, I get diarrhea, so I won't leave the house due to my low energy level and cramping. I also do a ton of yard work. I used to exercise so faithfully, but the older I get, the harder it is to get motivated. I have developed arthritis in my lower back and neck from UC. I have tried the breathing exercises, but whenever I get anxious, I can't do them. I even have relaxation CDs to listen to. I try to listen to them before I leave the house. I did try therapy once, and I felt the therapist didn't understand how UC has affected me and my leaving the house and driving issues. I should try to find one that has treated UC patients. My poor husband drives me everywhere now. He doesn't know what to think about all of this.
I also think some of this anxiety is from menopause. I remember one of my mother's friends that went through menopause. She didn't have UC, but she did suffer so bad from these panic attacks. She even had my mother stay with her a few times when her husband had to go out of town. My mom would even go get her groceries because she didn't want to leave the house. I talked to this person recently, and she told me that one day I will get up and all of this anxiety will be gone. Her anxiety issues lasted a few years, and now she is a very successful professional.
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Thanks again everyone, you all give such great advice! I am really going to try to exercise more.
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Asacol, Rowasa, Elavil, probiotics, Fisol Enteric-Coated Fish Oil, multi vitamins. Hate Prednisone and it hates me too!