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Old 08-08-2004, 10:24 PM   #1
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Question Anxiety & Bowels

Hi. I'm a 20 year old female who has suffered severe anxiety since I was in 8th grade. I don't remember what triggered it.

Pretty much when I leave my house I have the urge to have a bowel movement. Even after going to the restroom the urge to go is still there.
It seems to be worse when my anxiety is higher. And it seems to be the worse in the mornings.

I know it's all mental because usually if my mind gets distracted by something else it goes away. (however it's hard to get distracted when Im feeling this way.)

But even if I'm not feeling nervous or worried it happens.

I've been to a few doctors. Many have diagnosed me with IBS. I don't think I have IBS. All the meds/ antisplastic meds have helped none. I take sooo much antidiareha (sp?) meds even though they don't really help. I have it set in my head if I take them it helps me a little.

The last doctor placed me on Paxil. It didn't help and it made me depressed as well.

I'm at the point that I'm tired of it ruining my life. I live my life around it. If I'm offered a great job yet am not near a bathroom 24/7 I won't take the job! My boyfriend hates that I cancel plans all the times. He says he can't make plans because i always get sick.

This is really ruining my life.


If anyone has had similar problems and found any ways to help this I would really love to hear it.

I'm thinking seeing a therapist would help me also. I'm not sure how you exactly find one and if insurances pay for them though....

Any input/comments appreciated.

Thanks.

 
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Old 08-09-2004, 02:42 AM   #2
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Re: Anxiety & Bowels

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Originally Posted by panicjane
Hi. I'm a 20 year old female who has suffered severe anxiety since I was in 8th grade. I don't remember what triggered it.

Pretty much when I leave my house I have the urge to have a bowel movement. Even after going to the restroom the urge to go is still there.
It seems to be worse when my anxiety is higher. And it seems to be the worse in the mornings.

I know it's all mental because usually if my mind gets distracted by something else it goes away. (however it's hard to get distracted when Im feeling this way.)

But even if I'm not feeling nervous or worried it happens.

I've been to a few doctors. Many have diagnosed me with IBS. I don't think I have IBS. All the meds/ antisplastic meds have helped none. I take sooo much antidiareha (sp?) meds even though they don't really help. I have it set in my head if I take them it helps me a little.

The last doctor placed me on Paxil. It didn't help and it made me depressed as well.

I'm at the point that I'm tired of it ruining my life. I live my life around it. If I'm offered a great job yet am not near a bathroom 24/7 I won't take the job! My boyfriend hates that I cancel plans all the times. He says he can't make plans because i always get sick.

This is really ruining my life.


If anyone has had similar problems and found any ways to help this I would really love to hear it.

I'm thinking seeing a therapist would help me also. I'm not sure how you exactly find one and if insurances pay for them though....

Any input/comments appreciated.

Thanks.
They always say IBS when they have nothing else to say, I know what you mean. I sort of have the same problem, esp. when I'm nervous, excited or anxious though. And I hate it, because it affects my social life a lot, and is really starting to get me down. I noticed that when I'm more relaxed or on holiday and have no pressure, it's much better. Otherwise, I hate going out with friends to dinner, or the movies etc. I know how you feel. You really shouldn't opt for strong medication though, as you never know what the side effects are. I think [like with me], this is more of a psychological thing than a physical one, so you should really learn What is making you anxious, and learn how to control your emotions. Exercise a lot too, that might make you feel better. Try to take your mind off of this problem, by doing other things that you enjoy, and it might even disappear.
Good Luck!

 
Old 08-09-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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Re: Anxiety & Bowels

hey i know what you're going through.... and i can say that i really think that its ibs.... it sounds just like ibs.... and w/ the different doctors diagnosing it as ibs i really believe they are right, because i go through the same kinda thing.... stress does NOT cause IBS, however it does and can GREATLY AFFECT IT..... they say that 95% of the seratonin(sp?) in our body is in our guts... and only 5% is in our brains...... you know the chemical they try to balance, all those zoloft commercials... well thats why you're given those anti-D.... they try to block this "im leaving i'm not going to be around a bathroom" reaction when you leave.... thats why there is such a connection between our mind and our guts..... seriously i have experimented w/ a variety of anti-Depressant meds, and it took me quite a like 4 diff. ones to find out which one worked best for me..... the SSRI types of anti-d's are best for ppl who suffer from cons. and pain... usually not best for the D side of ibs.... so i think that paxil isn't a good choice....... try the tricyclic(sp?) anti-d's.. those are better for IBS, like tofranil... the difference is that the SSRI can actually cause some pretty bad bouts of diarrhea as a side effect... Generally the ones like Tofranil don't..... ever try donnatal, an anti-spasmadic..... the combination of tofranil and donnatal has worked really well for me..... and try taking caltrate 2 times a day...... and a probiotic 2-3 times a day on an empty stomach..... eat well.. don't eat the bad foods.... maybe stay away from dairy, switch from regular milk to soy...... lactose(milk sugar) is often not handled well by ppl w/ ibs........ eat grilled, not fried.... try looking up ways to eat w/ it.... but i really don't think it would be anything else because it seems like ur anxiety issues are contributing to your bowel frequency... and that has happened in my case... if i leave the house or have a lecture at school thats gonna be awhile, i get so worried i may not have a br, that it makes me go and i can't leave the house.. only after experimenting w/ diff. meds, and diet have i found a routine thats worked... good luck.

 
Old 08-09-2004, 07:44 PM   #4
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Re: Anxiety & Bowels

Thank you for the reply.

My current doctor gave me some meds to try.. um a few different things..

He gave me Elavil tab 25 mg to take at bedtime, Levsin SL Tab .125mg to take before I eat and Librax Cap 5-2.5mg to take twice a day. I did all this for a while and didn't really notice any changes.

He had told me if those didn't work he would send me to a specialist in Nashville ( like an hr away from me)....

I haven't been back yet but I should prob go back I suppose.

I seen one reg doctor who said she thought it could be IBS however messed up and gave me a med that is for women with IBS who have constipation as their main problem. So after taking the pill once I was very very sick. She sent me to a gastroenterologist who also said he suspected IBS and wanted to inspect my colon - so that of course freaked me out a bit and I didn't go back.

So Im now seeing a new reg doctor, the one who placed me on the meds. He did that after paxil didn't work.

It sucks I always feel like I'm being sent to a specialist all the time, like no one doctor will treat me.


I have noticed that some foods to seem to make me feel worse.

Thank you for the advice.

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Old 08-11-2004, 03:30 AM   #5
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Re: Anxiety & Bowels

Oh sweetheart, I am in the same boat! I'm 25. I've suffered from panic attacks for a long time, but never really realized what was going on until a few years ago. Same thing with me. I've always had a "weak stomach" Sensitive to greasy foods, etc. I would find myself eating at a restaurant or something, have to have a bowel movement immediately after eating, running to the bathroom and having a panic attack. I would then have to leave the restaurant and go right home. I avoid going to public places because I'm afraid I'll get diahrrea out of nowhere and be embarrassed if I have to excuse myself to use the bathroom. I have been known to carry bottles of Pepto in my purse. And of course I would worry about getting diahrrea, then the worrying would CAUSE diahrrea, then that would make me worry...etc etc, one big circle. In high school I went through a bunch of stomach tests and they found nothing wrong. They never did really tell me what was wrong. My mom always thought it was IBS. Looking back on it now, I realize it was anxiety. Two summers ago, I got a stomach flu. This wasn't my normal diahrrea, this was definitely a stomach flu. I came to my boyfriend's house cause I felt better, then I felt worse and I was afraid to leave. This was the first full on attack I had. It finally dawned on me what was going on. When my stomach felt better, and I forced myself to leave the house, my parents took me to the doctor. He diagnosed me with panic disorder. He prescribed Zoloft 50mg and it's worked great! I actually recently stopped taking it because I lost my job, and my insurance, and couldn't afford it. I've been pretty good. There have been a few times where I canceled plans etc because I was afraid I would get diahrrea or something. And my boyfriend has been REALLY supportive. Every once in a while, I'll cancel our plans on a Friday night or something, and he's expressed his disappointment to me, but other than that, he's REALLY great about it. I probably would have run away by now! haha

I just want you to know you're not alone!!

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Old 08-11-2004, 01:47 PM   #6
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Re: Anxiety & Bowels

to panicjane
I suggest you experiment by eating different foods, you may possibly have an allergy to a food thats causing it, often this is your favourite food.....

also eat lots of roughage, such as coarse breakfast cerial or wholegrain biscuits that will give your colon a work out and keep it busy

 
Old 08-11-2004, 02:14 PM   #7
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Re: Anxiety & Bowels

Zipity -
I recieved some information about Zoloft a bit ago.

and hry33 thank you for the suggestion, I've been meaning to do that. Like "not eat any dairy for a week" and then not eat any "chocolate for a week".. ect and record how I feel. I'm not sure tho. I was a vegetarian for 5 years and it seemed to be the same. :/

Although Ive read alot of vegetables arent that great for your stomach.

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