Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:14 AM
Hi,firstly yes, I have bad anxiety and IBS. IBS-C in my case. When my IBS pain is bad, my anxiety&depression are terrible. It's a very straightforward equation for me. If I have IBS pain and am feeling horribly, horribly depressed and in a state of terror (like this morning) and then I have a BM, I often suddenly feel 'normal' again. The terror and suffocating depression just disappear. Mornings are the worst, I will suffer from terror/dread/anxiety with or without IBS pain during this period, but IBS pain will intensify it usually. The feeling of being out of control is utterly demoralizing. I feel like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.I would like to say that I have some kind of solution but as you're probably finding from your own experience and that of these IBS boards, in the vast majority of cases there is no 'solution' to IBS. It's a question of finding what makes it the least bad and praying that some mega-Zelnorm gets FDA approval in the future. I've personally tried IBS-hypnotherapy, probiotics, meditation, CBT (talky therapy), CAT (slightly different talky therapy), REBT (cousin of CBT talky therapy), anti-depressants, amitiza, zelnorm, muscle-relaxants (can't remember what it's called) and dietary modifications. For me only:- CBT- significant dietary changes (too long to list here but safe to say that I eat tons of bread&rice)- zelnorm (probably - not sure about this)had any positive effect. The most important by far being the dietary changes. I was much worse before I made those modifications.After 10+ years with this sh1t I have finally reached my wits end and have started taking Nardil, which is an old-skool, kick-ass anti-depressant. So far it seems to be helping with the IBS pain (but is no solution).Anyway, sorry for going off-piste there and ranting. My suggestions to you would be dietary changes and CBT.Good luck,Pete
IBS-C, OCD, Refractory Depression for 13+ Years.
Meds: Nardil 90mg, Omeprazole 20mg, Ritalin 10mg.