Hi guys my name is Gail (Nanners) and I am visiting from the Crohns forum. Your beloved (and ours too) mod Kitt helped me to put a name to my disorder. I have been suffering with this anxiety for close to five years and finally have a name to it. I have had Crohns for over 30 years and it is actually behaving well these days. My main problem now is this anticipatory anxiety. I am going on a trip to Mexico in the next few weeks that freaked me out as soon as I booked the tickets. I was afraid that what if I got sick there, would my hubby be mad, or what if this or what if that. Those fears are pretty common for Crohnies. But I am having problems with my one of my daughters too, so have been avoiding her becuz she just increases my anxiety. She tried to call yesterday, but I didn't pick up because I was feeling vulnerable at that point. But just the fact that she called sent my anxiety skywards. I barely made it home from work before I started puking my guts out.
My anxiety symptoms are always gastric. I get nauseous, throw up, have alot of Diarrhea and because of the vomiting, start getting irregular heart beats and pee like crazy. I take Valium and something for the nausea that helps for the time being.
What I want to know is what meds are you using to help you with your anxiety? Do you take something daily or do you use something only when the anxiety hits? I know (thanks again to Kitt) that Kitt uses her Valium daily. I don't have this anxiety everyday, but a stressful situation hits and its right there again. I am wondering if I should just make my Valium a daily med for a few weeks until things settle down. But then again I worry about the dependency this drug can cause. And thats a big fear of mine too.
I know you all aren't doctors, but was wondering how you keep your anxiety under control. I just want to hear some ideas from those who feel as I do. Thanks for reading this and for your responses.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.