Could an anxiety medication help with symptoms? not sure what else to try
Posted 11 October 2010 - 02:48 PM
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I want to begin by thanking everyone for their feedback. The postings have definitely given me something to reflect on. I do feel like I have explored many options supplements, diet changes, probiotics etc. I think it is time to entertain the possiblility that I may need to add something to decrease my anxiety level. I really appreciate the feedback from alwaysfeltdifferent because you provided me with insight into your own experiences with anxiety medication. I am going to see my doctor next Monday so I will keep you posted with my progress.
Yup, it does sound like anxiety does play a large part in your IBS D as it does for me. I used to go to a psychiatrist and he told me that the brain gut reaction is split second for those of us who have an anxiety disorder or are prone to diarrhea. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you have an anxiety disorder, only that you are experiencing the brain gut reaction that some people experience when going through a very stressful time in there lives. Moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do, so that doesn't mean you have an anxiety disorder, it just means you are kind of normal. Unfortunately, your stress comes out in D. I think is it very noble of you and crstar to try and do things the natural way and it does seem like you have tried many methods of get hold of this problem both holistically and with medication. Having limited success can be very frustrating. One thing does sound promising though and that is you stated that once you get used to a place, your diarrhea tends to improve. Now this is where crstar and I differ somewhat. I feel if you have tried everything and have had limited success, you run the risk of becoming depressed or more anxious because you never really know when the damn thing is going to hit you. There are some medications that do help with the combination of anxiety, depression and IBS because they are somewhat constipating for others while they just work to keep our systems regular. The drawback to the one that I am thinking of off the top of my head is that it can make you pile on weight. If you are very underweight right now, this may be a blessing. If not, then it could be a problem. Having said that, I know of people who have gone on this medication and have not put on an ounce, but the majority do pack on some weight. If you are just anxious and aren't depressed or you are anxious and depressed but only because you can't stop the D, then you could go on an anti anxiety medication for a short time to see if it does help. I still get attacks of IBS D, but the medication I take on a daily basis has helped a little along with taking a calcium carbonate supplement daily. I respect crstar for his opinion, but if you have already tried all of the natural ways of trying to control this annoyance and have not had success, then it may be time to bring in a medication that might help you relax therefore help eliminate the problems related to IBS D. By no means do I feel that this need be a long term solution. It could be something you take just while going through this transitioning time in your life, career, and change of city. Once settled, you can wean yourself off of the medication. You may only need a short acting benzo (lorazepam) for a month and then you can cut it out gradually over a months time. If you find after you've stopped taking the meds, your body goes back to being the way it was, unpredictable and you have constant fear of having an IBS D attack, you might want to switch to a long acting benzo for safety reasons. With a long acting benzo, you will not find that you have to keep raising it. Once your level is found, it stays the same and there isn't this constant fear of needing to up medication every couple of months. Long acting benzos stay in your system continuously when taken two to three times a day over a two week period. Once you have reached your ideal level, you will sleep better, be calm and it may even help the IBS D. I can't say that I no longer have IBS D, but it does make it easier and if I have any problems with it, it usually is because I forget to take my calcium carbonate at meal times.I'm not going to tell you what you should or shouldn't do, but here are the facts as I see them and you have to gather all the information you can before you make a decision either way about introducing medication into the mix. I look forward to hearing what decision you make. BTW, I've gone veggie and definitely haven't felt better regarding IBS D. Sorry for the length of this, but I actually could have gone on and on with this topic.