IBS effecting your anxiety and GI

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Along with this (what feels like an never ending anxiety/depressive episode) i have experienced alot of side effects. but one of them is when i have to go potty (#2) it causes my whole body to get shaky and anxious and nauseous untill its time to go. it can literally wake me up from sleep. tonight has been tough cuz i have been feeling yucky cuz of that. just wondering if anyone elses anxiety gets disrupted when they have that too. I know its strange and probably not too many people who deal with it. my body is very sensitive. and hate how anxious it makes me. so had to take alot of meds to calm my body down but might not work since its all my GI.

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    Ok so do you feel better after youve gone and do you feel that you need to be near or know where the nearest loos are when you venture out?

     I have stress and food related ibs, the doc put me on amitriptyline for this and it has helped alot.

    im wondering if something is triggering the fight or flight respone for you to feel this way.

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    Hi Tina, some mornings I wake up feeling really anxious and a wee while later get really bad pains in my stomach and need to ‘go’.  I can never tell if it’s the anxiety or food that causes it. Had it twice already this week.  Hope you’re not too bad just now x

    Carol

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      Hi carol,

      itnsounds like your body reacts the same as mine and many others when it comes to anxiety. This is called the “flight or fight response” which means that whatever your anxious about, the body responds by expelling as much as possible to make the body lighter and ready to either fight or flee. This also means you have excess adrenaline coursing through your veins causing the anxiety to get worse and bring on the shakes, sweats etc. Having this problem for a number of decades has taught me that getting help on control through practicle thinking, breathing exercises and medice can make life alot easier. Now  (im nearly done, honest!) i have had an antidepressant phobia for near 20 years, thinking they would turn me into a bearely functioning zombie, my recent gp finally convinced me to try amitriptyline, as she said in small doses it doesnt work as an antidepressant but is more for gut problems, chronic pain and anxiety. Ive been on them for months now and was brave enough to go christmas shopping in my nearest city. First time in 4 years! Id say the only side effect i have is being groggy in in the morning and the occasional brain fog. Its worth a try, its given me some independence back other than having to rely on family to do things for me outwith the home which is a nig deal for me as i have a 4 year old.

      shout if you need any advice ill try my best to help

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    Hi, Don't really understand the comment properly. But if you mean you are experiencing going the toilet a lot due to IBS and anxiety then I could maybe help ? Or do you mean you get nervous about going to the toilet?

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      so ok i am having a bad anxiety episode that started two months ago. i started having the brain fog and jitters and nausea and just everything! then i started prozac and they are intensified. now its getting a tiny bit better but now when i feel like i have to go #2 i start to feel super anxious and naseous like im gonna throw up. but i wont be able to go #2 for a while maybe even the next day but it causes my body to react when i feel things movin down there if that makes sense. its so horrible. i have to take xanax and zofran just to calm my body down. and i couldnt even sleep last night because i had to go #2 and couldnt but i was feeling all the yuckkiness during sleep which kept me up. ugh its such an annoying feeling.so uncomfortable. i eventually was able to go but this happens everytime i have to go #2.
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    Just read above comments. Wow I thought I was the only one. I have had anxiety for about ten years. I started to need the toilet all the time #2 literally I just had to think about it and I would need to go. This left me house bound most of the time as when I was out I would constantly worry where the nearest toilet was. My daughter's school is a 5 min walk from my house I could never walk in case I needed the toilet could not go on long journeys etc rather than getting help and living in this he'll it caused me to have a mental breakdown that left me bed bound. To help you fix this problem I have a strong IBS tablet called mebverine and a anti depressant I am 80% better but please get this sorted as I am now living with these he'll symptoms from the breakdown.

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    Oh your condition is not the same either way anxiety is awful. My antidepressants are called citalapram they are really good for anxiety the first few weeks of taking them are not great. But I will go as far to say they saved my life. Good luck and always make sure you get help x
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