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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 11/2/2009 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,  normally i post on the crohns forum but feel right now that i need to pop over to here for some advise. A bit of my background may help, In jan i had an op to do with crohns and ended up with a temp ileostomy (stoma) which i hate with a passion and physically and emotionally finding it difficult to deal with My query is the weird feeling i've been  having the only way i can describe it is i feel like a branch on a tree ready to break and when it does everything is going to come crashing down around me. i know this will happen once i have got rid of this bag and feel happier in myself spoke with my doc and he just uped the citalopram but its not making the thoughts and feelings go away. I am due to have the reversal this month which im really happy about, i hope this makes sense im finding it really hard to explain,but what is causing this is it because ive been or feel like ive been on autopilot for the last year and just got on with it the best i can? i don't know.  has anyone else had this type of feeling  i could really do with some advise thanks so much Bev x     
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma.  reversal sheduled for Nov09 Meds:Pentasa 500mg 3x day,  B12 shots, every 3 months, iron syrup,loperimide,folic acid, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety.)

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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Bev,

I do believe you are right, your anxiety stems from all you have been through this past year and you have been through a lot. I am so glad you popped over to see us.

If you just had an increase in your citalopram it may not have kicked in yet. I would suggest talking with your physician re another med but your so close to your reversal of your ostomy that it may not be necessary.

One of the best remedies for anxiety is to talk about it. Here's where good friends and family can come in. The old adage "A problem shared is a problem halved". Coming here and talking with the members of this forum about your anxiety was a very brave and wise thing to do.

We understand anxiety and know how you feel. When you start to feel like your are going to "break" take a big breath and remember you can control your feelings.

Focus on what’s right in front of you, push all other thoughts out of your mind. Believe that you will be okay and the anxiety will fade away. Remember you are always welcome to come here and we will do oour best to support you. :)

I wish you peace,


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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 11/2/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bev,

Its me Gail *Nanners* from the Crohns forum. I developed anxiety related to my Crohns. I was always worrying and worrying about the what if's that I just made myself sick. But thru therapy and the occasional dose of Xanax I am now able to stop it in its tracks.

I think once you can get this reversal done and get back on to the road of feeling well you will be your old self again. Keep talking with us, we do understand what you are going thru.

Big Hugs
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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