anxiety with lower stomach upset

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Im new to all of this so please bare with me (my spellings not that great either ) . Im a 26 years old female and have had anxiety issues since i was around 17 or 18......... Anytime I get over emotional ..( really excited....sad...worried...nervious)...i get butterflies in my belly and automaticly have to use the bathroom where i have diariha and sometimes i end up throwing up. Its getting to the point now where i cant do anything..... I have a bf and im afraid of losing him b/c i cant really do anything with him..go out to eat...go to the bar...go to the store etc. I went to a gastro dr first incase it was a colon issue or something. I had a Upper Scope and a lower Scope and both came out fine. I went to the family dr. where he spent 10 min with me and told me i have anxiety ( no crap dude ) and perscribed me Cymbolta. I took it for around 3 months with no help at all. I went back to him and he told me to just stick with it and id be fine. I just want this all to go away. Im tired of not being able to live my life like a normal person. Ive asked him to up the meds and he wont...he just keeps telling me it will get better. I think i need something to calm my nerves like volume of something but i feel weird going into the dr office and asking for something like that. I dont want them to think im a druggie or something. I feel so bad sometimes b/c im my head im confident ...but my body just wacks out on me and makes me unable to lead a normal life. Im so lost. Someone please help me.
eyes  Nicold Lynn

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/27/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Nicold,

I don't think your doc is listening to you. Is there by chance you can find you one who will? If your not noticing a change after 3 months then the meds are not working. A new one should be tried.
Your bathroom problem is normal. It does settle down in time. But only when you learn to control the level on anxiety/pa better. Which does come in time. A lot of this is self control. But again it does take time to get it down and understand triggers.

Go with the bf out and have a good time. No reason to keep locked up because of this. If you let the anxiety/ pa win you end up in my shoes. And I tell ya its a very boring life. Being stuck at home 24/7. Depending on others to do simple things. Such as checking the mail, going to the store for milk. None of that I can do.
I made the mistake and gave up on the fight. I have paid for it going on 3 years now.

Don't give up. Fight through this. Remember you are stronger healthier and you have a need to be happy. Let that win. Not this stinkin anxiety/pa.

Take it slow. Go to the store for 30 minutes, then 45, make it an hour. And you will see slow progress. Slow and steady and you will succeed. But don't let yourself back out. You are young strong and healthy. You can and will beat this.
As Nike says. "JUST DO IT". And you will be fine. Yep you might have a tummy upset. No biggie bathrooms are available. You have self control and wont need a change of clothes. You are stronger then you think. Give yourself some credit!

Always move forwards and not backwards. Digging yourself out is harder then fighting it. It is going to take me a very long time to get back to my old self. If I had not allowed this to happen I would be living a very happy life. Instead of a life stuck inside these walls.

Remember you are stronger.

Take care,

Cary- Ann

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicold,
I understand how you are feeling.
I also have suffered panic attacks since I was 17. ( I am 46 now). I could never get a doctor to listen to me about it and as a result have never used medication for it.
Here are some ways that I have learnt to deal my anxiety that may be helpful..these have helped me..
Consider your diet ..cut out all stimulants (coffee,cafeine drinks or rich foods) and try to avoid fast/junk foods.
When you start to feel rising anxiety, focus on a taking a deep breath in - and imagine releasing all tension as you breath out..
Think of a time when you had a major achievement or felt really great about yourself and focus on the memory of that achievement..
then tell yourself that you will be fine and know that you can do great things the you can also get through this experience..
( I used to have attacks when I went to shopping centres then I reminded myself that if I can travel to a foreign country and manage to get around then I can manage in the local familar shopping centre)
Some yoga /mediation may also help a lot especially with the breathing.
Lastly as per the great advice from the previous poster, Allestaria ..never ever give up by allowing this to get in the way of your life and happiness..
Take lots of care,

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/28/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nicole,

And welcome to Healingwell. It sounds to me like you have antipatory anxiety. I get much the same symptoms you do, diarrhea and nausea when my anxiety kicks in. I take Xanax on occasion when these times hit. Thru therapy and the occasional Xanax I am now able to stop these anxiety attacks in there tracks. As soon as I feel it ramping up I take the Xanax and lay down for a bit, and before I know it I feel better. Maybe ask your doctor about adding a fast acting anxiety med for those bad days. This is not a daily med you take, just for those occasional bad times. Cymbalta type meds do take a long time to fully kick in, so maybe the Xanax will help till it fully kicks in or maybe you are right and need an increase or different med.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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