Am I really going crazy???

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/11/2006 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
i am new here and hope that maybe somebody can advice me...
Dont know exactly when things went wrong with me but I can remember an episode of my "illness" 4 years ago, basically what happened was during a stressfull time in my life I constantly had to go to the toilet to pee, which was very annoying, also cried alot and fell distressed. This time was stressfull to me but it wasnt a mayor stress factor and after two months all went away again.
Well now since March this year I have been falling to pieces and dont know what I can do anymore.
In March I did had a lot on.
1st. I moved houses, but that was in my benefit as I love my new home.
2nd. Out of the blue I lost my job, was quite upset as there wasnt any reasons for laying me off but coped quite well and got offered my old job back (my old job isnt great but it pays the bills)
The problems began with me having to travel ( It takes me an hour and a half to get to work), after 10 minutes on the bus I need the toilet for a pee as there isnt a chance to go on the way into work I basically are stuck with lots of pain and really getting anxious as course I dont want to pee when I cant. So after a week of this I decided not to drink anything in the morning hoping it might go away, went to the GP which did a urine test and the results were that all was ok, he said it might be stress.
After this period things gotten worse, every morning it gotten worse, now besides peeing I also need to go for a number 2, strangest thing is that I actually can go aswell (its not al in my head) After a month I went back again to the GP which said to me its anxiety and panic attacks and its all in my head, To be very honest I got quite upset as my live hasnt been that easy but to be honest I wasnt that stressed out at this stage of my live.
The GP gave me citalophram 20 mg a day. After a week of trying to get use to this I threw it away, this medicine made me feel stoned the whole day, got even worse due I would actually got diarrea and it was just to be scarey to be on that stuff. Also I drink alcohol in the weekends, actually most nights I have a glass of wine with dinner which cant be done with citalophram. I tried not to drink alcohol as well for a period of time and this didnt change my situation prior to taking citalophram. this last month I actually get ill every time I require to leave the house, anywhere I go its a struggle for me, I am actually doing a car share now which means it only takes 30 minutes to get to work but thats even a problem.
So now everyday I got to leave the house I atleast got to pee 6 times (not much) and also take imodium to ensure I wont get diarrea at work..its just a vicious circle of discomfort.
today I am going to my GP again and I got no clue on what to say as this morning I gotten so ill and upset that I couldnt face going to work..I so want to be able to get my life the way it was before march..this is just a living nightmare and all the GP wants to give me is anti depressants..
I would like to find out if this is something common and if someone else might of have the same problem and what they did...
I really hope someone can help me as I am really about to just give up on everything...

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 12/11/2006 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ester and Welcome to HW
NO you are not going crazy
I did have this thing with the peeing back about 6 mths ago it seemed I had to constantly go yet never felt like bladder was completely empty
I too have constant D but mine is due to Crohns
There are those that suffer with IBS along with Anxiety and Panic
I would be telling your doc it is not in your hear
Many of these docs have to learn that this is a real disorder and treat it as such ........
You have to watch with Immodium consumtion as it could lead to needing it all the time
Why not ask your doc about Irritable Bowel or anything to do with that in particular
Just a thought
as for the peeing I was given a med will have to look for it and it helped me like nothing else did
I will post it for you later
In the meantime write down what you want to ask and tell your doc today get it all out so you can be properly treated and get what you need to feel better and not have to live this way
You are here where there is plenty of support and let us know what happens okay
You take care
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 12/11/2006 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Eshter

assuming you dont have a bladder infection ( get tested) you need the bedwetting dose of imipramine which should calm the bladder, many docs dont think of this, although an antidepressant, the bedwetting dose, 5 to 15 I think, is very small and unlikely to cause any problems

re citalopram, yes sadly many docs are antidepressant fanatics even though these meds often make our problems worse for the first few weeks

you need any valium type med as needed, but these can be hard to get, try older docs and stress you need them to be able to keep working, perhaps promise to take an antidepressant later to keep doc happy

read the other posts, your problems seem all anxiety related, try breathing deep and slow when tense

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 12/11/2006 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

I know about the peeing thing, It is due to my anxiety! You may need to try a different anxitey med, You may have to try more than one.
Every time a storm would come through it would scary me into a panic attack!!! And I would go pee like every 2 mins !! It was so bad. One time the news broke in saying a bad storm was coming through, So I took the kids down in the basement and I had to run back upstairs make my poor kids stay in the basement So I could go pee!
My doc ended up giving me xanax for the panic.
I would try another doctor and maybe some different meds.
Good luck!

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 12/11/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you just have had so much going on. Could be a little anxiety mixed in with everything.

Feel better!!



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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 12/12/2006 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Well thank you all for your replies.

The doctor now thinks it might be IBS, i have been given mebeverine tables 3x a day and will get tests in hospital to ensure that its really IBS as it can be misdiagnosted sometimes.

The doctor did say that my anxiety probably kicks of certain problems but then again I wouldnt know what it is as there wasnt something that happened to set this off and even when I did get anxious I would try to break the pattern but that was unsuccesfull too.
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