Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:46 PM
HI - So sorry to hear of your belly troubles! I am right there with you. My IBS has really ramped up this summer and I am trying to figure out why - and the anxiety of course comes with the territory. I have been taking Immodium only for a couple of weeks and I'm really impressed. I used to use Pepto Bismol but after drinking a bottle of it in one week, I figured I needed something stronger. I do not know if it would work once a panic attack sets in though. I am in the midst of working up the nerve to talk with my doctor about an anti-anxiety medication. I truly feel your pain - it's not fair to have to deal with this daily and people who haven't experienced it have NO IDEA
what we go through. I was housebound for nearly two years until I started taking an SSRI which really helped a lot with the horrible pain. And for the last two years I was doing really well but this summer it has come back full force
. Keep me posted - and try to relax. I find that if my anxiety starts to kick in and I start talking with someone on the phone or listening to my ipod, I can calm down and focus on something else. I usually call my Mom and talk about something completely mundane... good luck.