Anxiety and Crohn's

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I've had Crohn's for 20 years.  I've also had anxiety problems all my life, at least as far back as I can remember and used to get right-side pain often as a child whenever I was really worried.  Did anyone else here have anxiety issues before having Crohn's?  

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    Hi Elizabeth, yes I had anxiety problems before crohns and I still do I 'm on anti depressants.

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      Hi Stephaney, thank you for sharing.  I hope this question makes sense - do you find that the anxiety causes you to struggle with making decisions about managing the Crohn's?  I've had a lot of trouble for a couple of years now with that, like I'm trying so hard to try to eat certain foods, get exercise, etc., that I'm making myself sick.

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    Hi,

    yes I have always suffered from anxiety.  The funny thing is when I am  really stressed my crohns is o.k.

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      That's interesting.  I'm the opposite.  Do you think having anxiety first had anything to do with getting Crohn's?  Or not?

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    Yes, I have had crohn's for 36 years and I have had anxiety issues for the past 15 years. My crohn's was in remission so I thought for 29 years. But unfortunately it's back.

     

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    Hi, I've just joined the forum and noticed your post. Yes, I had anxiety before I was diagnosed with Crohn's 14 years ago. I was always a 'worrier' even when I was younger, and so was my brother who also had Crohn's (he died of Crohn's/steroids several years ago). I firmly believe stress, anxiety go hand in hand with Crohn's for a lot of Crohn's sufferers. I'm very tempted to try antidepressants but I feel like I might not be in control, if that makes any sense!confused

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      Hi Paticia

      i agree with you about the stress after all it makes sense.  We rush about making the meal and then whilst eating we are noting family reactions.  I respect your questioning the use of antidepressants it's so easy to just take a pill but what about the long term results. Before going down this road why not try attending a course in stress management.  It might not be like you imagine.  You don't have to tell your secrets to a room full of people.  You do have to work at it.  You could always try pills later.

      chris

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      Thanks for that Chris. You're quite right, it would be better to speak to somebody first. 

      I had a panic attack one night where I woke up shaking uncontrollably. My son knew what it was but phoned the NHS helpline anyway to put my mind at rest, and they talked to me for a while which calmed me down. I saw the doc the next day and he gave me a cd and pamphlet on anxiety while I made up my mind about speaking to somebody. But I did so well with the deep breathing exercises and things that I didn't bother going to see anybody.

      Once I get over this (major) flare though, I will speak to somebody because I've had enough of it now.

      Cheersconfused

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    I sufferered with Anxiety since I was about 14, but I never realised it till I was older. 

    Since the age of 14 I have been skin picking but did not realise it was a skin picking disorder untill I was about 18!!. 

    It was then, just after I turned 19 that I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. 

    Since then my anxiety had got worse!

    Hope this helps  xx

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