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Hi! i had an anxiety problem about 5 years ago. I was having constant panic attacks and had a bad phobia of vomiting. Anyway i got over that (i thought) and have been living my life normally without problems, perfectly happy for several years. About 6 months ago, after coming back off a lovely relaxing holiday, totally unstressed in any way, i got sick with what i now know is IBS © This has bought all of my problems back again and i as much of a mess as i was before. I think this is highly unfair! i did nothing at all to bring this on, i wasn't stressed or anxious at all, which is what usually causes it apparently. Has this happened to anyone else? I'd appriciate any replies!
 

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If you've had anxiety problems in the past, they are likely to come back but not necessarily in the same form. I had panic attacks 20 years ago and lately I had chronic D. Treated it with Xanax and it was gone in 48 hours. Now seeing a psychiatrist, taking anti-depressant/anti-anxiety drug and doing great. Haven't felt this good in years. Take care.
 

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I too have the same question, why I have developed IBS when everything in my life was ok. If anything it is the pains in my stomach etc that have caused the stress. My Dr says it is a vicious circle, one causes the other and vice versa. Tried various prescribed painkillers and am also on 60mg Zispin (anti-depressants). These I feel have stopped the panic attacks but made the IBS 10 times worse. I'm waiting for an appointment with a counsellor but kinda feel all 'talked out' if you get my drift
 

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Hi! My stress symptoms began 6 months ago with tense neck, shoulders and jaw. Then it evolved to IBS-D and C. I learned that my IBS was due to a crisis and stress in my life at that time. With imagery, visualization, diet and a lot of mental work, I cleared up my IBS. I learned how to handle my IBS with research and persistance. I'm sensitive to tension and I know how my body reacts to it. Sometimes I get these little IBS symptoms. I try not to freak out about it, cuz I can let it get the best of me. I have to listen to my own dialogue. I have to talk myself down or it will escalate and then I'd be back to square one. I have to be my own cheerleader and tell myself that I know how to take care of it. It seems to work. I don't know why my IBS tries to come back. I don't like it. It was the worst experience in my life. I felt so isolated and alone. My friends and family have never experience IBS ever. Hope you feel better again. Lori
 
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