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   Posted 12/2/2006 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a history of gastro problems: acid reflux, swelling and intense pressure, nausea. A GI recently told me that he believes my problems are "modified panic attacks", and since then I've actually had quite a bit of luck feeling better. It's like I've been able to recognize the problem and deal with it much better as a result. My issues haven't gone away completely, but these spells have lessened in frequency and intensity.

That's all well and good, but this afternoon I was hungry for GOOD pizza. I had a slice of Dominoes or some crap at work last week and it made me want the real thing. So finally this afternoon I stop by the Slices and Ices to get a slice of NY pizza, and it was absolutely fantastic. Perhaps I ate it a little too fast or something, because now my stomach is really trying to act up. If I hadn't thought about this whole anxiety thing it probably never would've affected me, but it's too late for that now. I'm trying to fight it off by relaxing, which is pretty darned ironic in my mind (fighting hard to relax).

Anyway, basically I'm writing only for selfish reasons because it helps me calm down. I am, however, wondering if anyone else suffers from the same issue: even though you're feeling better, you can't quite put the anxiety problem out of your mind, causing it to crop up when it otherwise would not. Maybe if we could just forget about it completely it would go away unless something really bad came along to trigger it? I'm way too hard-headed for hypnosis, unfortunately.

Or maybe I need medicines to help me get over the hump. My diagnosis is preliminary as I'm actually set for more stomach tests this coming week in order to rule out a gastro problem, so I don't have any "brain medicine" yet. Next week I'm also going back to the clinic's internist, and I imagine he's going to make the anxiety diagnosis or send me to a shrink who will. I have an intense fear of prescription medication so I'm not exactly looking forward to it.

And that leads me to another question:

Of those of you who've had these problems officially diagnosed, what kind of doctor came to that conclusion? Internal Medicine? Psychiatrist? Some other type of doctor?

Thanks, and I hope all of you have a good weekend.

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   Posted 12/2/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hm. I noticed that the forum changed one of my words for me. Cussing isn't really my thing but I do like to use colorful language as opposed to "darned". That's okay, but I would feel remiss if I didn't point it out. haha

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   Posted 12/2/2006 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I do. Thats why I never quit paxil entirely. Got down to 10 mg just fine, but at 5 mg I was "battling" too often for comfort!

I definitely recommend therapy. CBT can do wonders to help you learn how to recognize and change the thought processes that are triggering your anxiety (sounds like you've already started somewhat on your own!).

Have you tried any OTC acid meds? They should also provide some relief. I also find that alleviating my phsical symptoms helps get a handle on my anxiety.

Good luck!

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   Posted 12/3/2006 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
lol too funny debaser yep it does change the colorful words but crap is allowed due to crohns and IBS....
I agree with Karen have you tried CBT there is a freee online one and I can post it for you if you want let me know okay
I have tummy troubles cannot eat anything from fast food places or I am in big trouble but thats my crohns
Hoping you get to the bottom of this real soon
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   Posted 12/3/2006 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, guys.

Except for the acid reflux (which nothing more than an annoyance), my GI believes there's absolutely nothing physically wrong with me. You may or may not recall (I've posted before) that a couple months ago I went to a teaching hospital and handed myself over to them in desperation, and since then I've had a LOT of tests. Nothing has come up. I have two more tests this week and that will literally be the end of it unless they find something, but my doctor doubts they will. He's just trying to rule out problems with absolute certainty. They're very, very thorough at this place. When I first went I had been miserable for such a long time that I was sure I had something awful wrong with me.

Since my preliminary diagnosis of panic attacks, I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. I eat stuff like pizza now and then, for example. I had a burger the other day. Except for the minor issue with the pizza noted above, I've had no ill effects. Even when I wake up in the morning feeling not quite well, I force myself to go to work anyway. I'm fortunate that I have a job that allows me to work at the office or at home, but recently I've found I'll generally feel better if I go to the office. I haven't missed a day in a couple weeks, and if not for these tests this coming week I'm pretty confident I could make it through this week, too. I've also been trying to be more sociable, and I look for excuses to go to the grocery store or whatever. Being sedentary and giving myself time to think seems to be my worst enemy. When I can think of nothing else to do, a lot of times I go for a walk. My condo is right across the street from a city park so I've been going there a lot recently.

It's been a long road back. When I thought there was something wrong with me, exercise and going for groceries and hanging out with friends was always a harrowing experience. I'd get sicker just about every time I went out, which of course led to me being alone in my apartment way too much. That leads to depression and probably more anxiety, I guess.

I actually did see a post on here recently about some Australian (I think) CBT site, and I started doing that. So far it's nothing that I haven't been able to figure out for myself, but it's been good for reinforcement and I'm sure it'll also turn up something new as I continue with it.
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