Posted 01 October 2010 - 12:23 AM
[quote name='cafff' timestamp='1283697694' post='805304']I've been diagnosed with IBS now for 1 and a half years and my main symptoms have gone from IBS-D to having severe trapped wind (from about last October to May) and more recently over the summer, excessive gas. I'm very embarrassed about my IBS - I've not been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder but I'm sure I've had social anxiety for about 5 years and as I am so embarrassed about my IBS, whenever my bowels rumble I get incredibly panicky as I'm unwillingly drawing attention to myself and don't want people to think I'm disgusting! This anxiety is ridiculously bad in quiet situations, to the point where I try and avoid any single quiet situation I can and I'm even scared about seeing my doctor again knowing how quiet the waiting room is! People tell me I'm being really irrational and that I should just take my mind off my bowels but I really can't, the anxiety has overtaken my mind and all sense of rationality is out of the window when I feel an anxiety attack coming on! I'm starting university within the month and move away in 11 days and one of my biggest worry is the lectures - being in such a large quiet room with so many people actually terrifies me! Over the summer I haven't really had any formal commitments so I've been able to forget about my anxiety and have more flexibilty in deciding what situations I feel I need to avoid, but I can't just skip all of my university classes, even though thinking about being in classes terrifies me as considering there are so many new people I don't know, I'm terrified of them judging me because my stomach always rumbles.The main problem is that I have excessive wind. I've been on antispasmodics in the past (Spasmonal) and my most recent visit to the doctor was about the trapped wind I had, for which I was prescribed Buscopan (for the stomach cramps I was getting) and Colpermin (peppermint oil). They worked in relieving the trapped wind but now my symptom is just constant need to release my wind. Almost every evening I get really sulfury smelling gas and can't work out what it's from. I used to only get it whenever I ate excessive vegetables or things like gravy but now it seems to be no matter what I ate. I've tried charcoal tablets, I've tried slippery elm tablets, peppermint tea etc, yoga! But it's not the trapped wind that's the problem anymore it's just the wind itself! I've even tried a course of Yakult and other yogurts that I was told should help but seriously, nothing works. I am at the end of my tether and I don't know whether to just pluck up the courage to go to my doctor and tell her about the anxiety I'm getting and also the wind. I've not told anyone about the anxiety I've been having - even though I'm quite close to my mum I still don't feel like I can talk to her about issues like anxiety and my dad has Bipolar disorder and constantly says "I'm glad you don't have issues like me" so I feel pressured into not letting them know because I am worried that my dad will get angry, even though it's obviously not my choice!I'm not sure whether to pluck up the courage to tell my mum/book an appointment with my local doctor as I doubt I'll be able to get an appointment between now and the 16th when I move to uni, or whether to register with a doctor at my university and try and book and appointment as soon as I get there, even though I feel that with heightened stress about moving, my IBS will most likely through the roof and even if it isn't controlled, at the moment I feel that the anxiety aspect is probably worse than my actual symptoms so I need to probably get that fixed first.Sorry for the huge essay but if anyone has been in a similar situation with the panic attacks/gas, or if anyone has seen a doctor for IBS related anxiety (especially social anxiety) and have been offered treatments I'd be interested to know what these are? My doctor said about possibly referring to a nutritionist last time or things like hypnotherapy but I'm very skeptical about these and they obviously aren't cheap so I feel like being put on anti-depressants(my IBS has made me incredibly depressed over the past year to the point of getting suicidal thoughts which I thankfully snapped out of) or anxiety medication would be better than living with the anxiety I have at the moment...So does anyone have any suggestions?
thanksJust so you know I am in dealing with all of this too, you are not alone. I am also trying to figure out how to get this gas, spasms, rumbling. diarrea, constipation under control. I have been out of school for 8 years, and have now returned to do a one year intensive grad program. I thought i had my IBS fairly under control, but the last 4 weeks have been horrible for me. Exact same anxiety issues about the noise, while the prof is talking, I mean it really seems to hit exactly at the worst time. It just happened to me today, in the morning everything was fine, we had a break again everything fine, then right when the prof start his lecture, my stomach starts acting up. I was absolutely mortified, and still am, that my stomach made this huge noise that even scared me. Some would laugh it off, but it was brutal. I had to leave the class, and when i returned it got even worse, so I had to leave again and did not return until the end of class. My prof must think I am totally disrespecting him...I hope that I can find some answers on this site, as I am at the end of my rope too. I am absolutely sick of living like this. It affects everything i do..trips, relationships, events, and obviously my educationAnyone have any anti anxiety/depressant meds they can recommend that are non addictive?