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Hello everyone, I have been diagnosed with IBS-D a couple of weeks ago. I had diahrrea problems for some time but after being diagnosed with IBS I decided to make changes to my diet as indicated by my doctor. My symptoms seem to be getting worse by the day, I have diahrrea every morning and throughout the day. I stop eating fried foods, caffeine and increased my fiber intake but I am not feeling better. I work in Manhattan (NYC) and need to take the train in the morning but I feel so scared and nervous every time I get on the train. I talked to the doctor about this and he prescribed Paxil and Xanax but when I take it I get an upset stomach and more diahrrea so I stopped taking it. I am constantly late to work because of this and afraid I will soon lose my job. I am totally freaking out and don't know what to do. The panic attacks seem to be getting worse everyday. Please help
 

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Hi Wilfredo, I know what you're going through. I had a job for one week, but had to leave it. The anxiety was so bad I was in the bathroom all day. I have an anxiety disorder which triggers the IBS-D. I learned how to control the anxiety which helps with the D. I'm learning my food triggers, too. I still get D, there just isn't avoiding it completely. One very important thing I learned about the anxiety is to NOT fight it. Allow your body to feel the symptoms and tell yourself it's okay. It takes a lot of practice, but it really does help. I get nauseous from my IBS and it helps if I just accept it. Breathing techniques are also great with the anxiety. I'm on medication for my anxiety/depression which helps. I've finally found the right combination of meds that works best and has reduced some of the anxiety. It's at a managable level now. I still panic sometimes before going out. I'll try a few times to have a bowel movement before leaving the house. Sometimes with meds you have to give it time. It takes awhile to get to the other side. Especially if you've never taken meds before. It takes patience, but the meds can be very beneficial, though meds aren't necessarily for everyone. Work through your anxiety while you learn to live with the IBS. If anxiety is one of your triggers and you learn to control the majority of your anxiety, you can help reduce your IBS symptoms as well. I've been learning to control my anxiety for about 6 months now. There are a ton of great books on the subject, and you can even go into therapy with a specialist to help. I hope things work out for you. We're all here for you if you need the support or if you just need to talk.
 

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I still take the precautionary meds before going places, but I truly believe that Mike's hypnosis tapes helped a great deal. I can usually relax enough to get through the anxiety to complete my errands.
 

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Hi Wilfredo and welcome
Anxiety plays a big part in my ibs to, i dont take any meds for it because my doctor has arranged an appointment for councelling, which iam going to try first.What makes me worse is if i dont go to the loo before i leave, if that doesnt happen then i do what i have to do then get home quickly.I must admit i have done a lot of my xmas shopping on the internet this year. Ibs has taken the joy out of shopping for me
You are not alone, we are all hear to help, take care
 
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