(Closed) Anxiety and Intestines

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wow, I could have written this post. I have IBS, anxiety, and a phobia of vomiting! What exactly have you been prescribed, how much, and by whom? I ask this because I am in the mental health field and know quite a bit about meds. I take Ativan, a benzodiazepine, as needed, and it does not sedate me. I took klonopin for six years but it stopped working, and Valium didn’t do much either. But everyones experience with meds is different.

I’m not sure yet what I will do the days before my wedding and during it. I also get baaaad anticipatory anxiety before big events, and my IBS will flare up. I’ll probably not want to eat much, which is bad, but it’s how I handle my phobia. I’ve read others on here who have IBS recommend Imodium as well for the day of. I recommend getting in with a psychiatrist and/or therapist as soon as possible because a psych will know more about meds for anxiety than a regular doctor.

Post # 5
92 posts
Worker bee

@Bebealways:  Had same type of issues. My wedding morning consisted of BLAND breakfast…watch the coffee or drink it early, took a Xanaz, an immodium pill & had a glass of champagne abour an hour before walking down the aisle…all was perfection!

Good luck!

Post # 6
1210 posts
Bumble bee

There aren’t really too many pharmaceutical solutions for the intestinal symptoms IBS besides Immodium, PeptoBismol, Dramamine and other over-the-counter medications.

The most important thing is avoiding your triggers. Obviously, you can’t avoid the stress/anxiety, but are there other things that make it worse? Some common ones are alcohol, fried foods, dairy, and soda/coffee.

You can also talk with your doctor and take a very low dose of a sedative like Xanax or Valium? You can always have him/her prescribe the lowest dose and then take half of that. Consider doing a trial beforehand to see how you react. Also, if the anxiety is something more common/everyday for you, you can consider an antidepressant approved for the treatment of anxiety.

I really feel for you – I have similar problems. I use trigger avoidance with pretty good success, but its those darn nerves that are hard to get rid of! Best of luck, and I’m sure you will find a solution that works for you.

Post # 7
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the exact same issues for ages. I finally went to see a naturopath and she worked miracles for me! I’d highly recommend going to see one and finding some natural anti-anxiety remedies that work best for you. I found they were far gentler than anything “medicated” and didn’t have any side effects. She put me on Ortho-Adapt (which comes regular or vegan) as a natural anti-anxiety reducer, and I also took Rescue Remedy drops which just go under your tongue (they taste awful but they work). That did the trick for me! I ended up just needing to take a couple drops about halfway through the day at the wedding, but otherwise I was feeling great!

Just make sure you see a naturopath before you start taking anything, she spent a lot of time figuring out what the right path was for me, and I’m sure it’s not the same solution for everyone just like any course of medical treatment!

Post # 8
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@bakerella:  Natyuropaths rock. Mine has me on a few things including vitamin D and B12 but also a pill called happy sense and it works wonders. I use to take antidepressants and honestly these work better (Im less stressed about taking them).

Post # 9
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@naturalysam:  100% agree. I finally went to one because my doctor gave up on helping me figure out what was wrong, and when I said it was an anxiety trigger at this point, he just gave me a prescription for Adavan and called it a day. I wasn’t thrilled with that response, so I researched and found a naturopath locally. Best decision I ever made. Within a month I was feeling 99.9% better, she was AMAZING! I still email her to say thanks and give her updates of how I’m feeling and what’s new 🙂 I feel like I got my life back!

I did try a couple of the Adavan, and I just didn’t like the way they made me feel, and in general, I’d rather not take meds if I can avoid it. I absolutely love my naturopath and I think it was the best choice I made in regards to taking charge of my situation! I’m glad to hear you’ve also had a positive experience with the same types of issues!

Post # 10
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Bebealways:  simmilar to bakerella and naturalysam, I would suggest a naturopath.

I have the same issues as you (just without the vomitting part), and that is one thing at the back of my mind for my wedding, that I am a bit worried about.

I can pretty much guarantee that I won’t be eating anything until after the ceremony (thankfully it will be done by 1:30pm). I will also have a bottle of Pepto-bismal on me Smile

My naturopath suggested for me to take Glycine for my anxiety. It is a powder that tastes very sweet, and I allow it to disolve under my tounge. I will be taking the entire jar with me that day.

I did all of the above for my BFF’s wedding last year (I was a MOH), and everything went smoothly

Best of luck!

Post # 12
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

find something that works for you before the wedding so that the day of, you trust it and you know it won’t upset your stomach. For me, it’s tea.

Post # 13
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You could also try sticking to bland easy to digest meals before the wedding, and make sure you eat on a regular schedule.  While it wont get rid of the anxiety/IBS issues, it may lessen how severe they are.  I know when I get nervous I don’t want to eat, but then the empty stomach actually makes me feel worse, where if I force myself to eat I’ll feel a little better.

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