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    Anxiety with abdominal pain
    Radar037 posted:

    I have had anxiety for 10 years now. Most of the time it is under control, but I feel my anxiety goes hand in hand with abdominal pain. As soon as I get it, I have a panic attack. For the last week, I don't want to get in my car in the morning and go to work in fear of having to go to the bathroom. Does anyone else have this type of anxiety? Any suggestions? I am on Prozac 40mg a day and have Xanax on the side. However, Xanax makes me sleepy.
    sunild1204 responded:
    I did fave anxiety and panic situations but was able to come out clean with help of tips from Internet.
    I felt that the panic attack issue is because of solitary lifestyle and when we are leading completely relaxed lifestyle. This could be when we start to monitor ourselves/our bodies too closely. I followed these steps and got 90% results within 1 day of realization. Rest 10% was resolved in 5- 7 days after following steps below. So the good news is that the issue is completely curable and that too in short period of time.
    1) STOP BEING ANXIOUS. Put complete stop to anything that causes you to be anxious.
    You may think that it is not easy but trust me I was anxious personality since childhood but I was able to control/stop this anxiety immediately.
    Key here is to continue INSTRUCTING yourself not to panic and that all is going to be well soon. Remember, you have probably forgotten how to behave on certain fear/panic Situations. Ask yourself that what if you were normal person then what would be your reaction. Or take help of others (normal healthy people) to find what they would do if they faced same fear/panic Situations.
    3) EXIT YOURSELF, What I mean is that just forget YOURSELF. Stop monitoring or looking at yourself too closely. Too much self monitoring is not really good. Take it easy.
    From now on you will look at everything around you but not at you. Go out and make yourselves busy. Just forget yourself and you should be fine.
    4) Learn to take pain as part of your life, also you must instruct YOURSELF to give your health issues enough time to cure them. Do not haste or panic et al. Wait for issue to get resolved. Or sometimes you must accept that issue is probably your part of life from now on.
    5) OCD are resolved when you just do opposite of them. Just stop doing them and you will realize that it was as simple as that. The solution to repetitive behavior is just ignoring them and putting a complete stop to performing them.
    6) Any repetitive behavior that starts bothering you is defined as STRESS. You must try to put a stop or hold it to see the results. Normally just stop doing it will give you desired results.
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    Have you discussed this problem with whoever is prescribing her medications? What may be bringing on the abdominal pain is a muscle stress as a result of anxiety that you're feeling.

    So the only medication you're taking right now is Xanax on an as-needed basis and Prozac, correct? since the Xanax which has been prescribed makes you sleepy, talk to your prescriber about possibly lowering the dose. I am not an MD, but it would seem that you might want to take a lower dose and see how that works for you.

    Are there any other things that you do for yourself to help with the pre-panic anxiety that you are feeling? One thing we know is that panic needs to be short-circuited by using ongoing self-help techniques such as relaxation breathing (see our Tips column) and regular mild exercise that you can do in your home or even in your kitchen while washing dishes. See the exercise tips in our Tips column also.

    I hope you find this information helpful and that you do find a resolution for this problem.
    johnkev2 responded:
    too have what i call abdominal anxiety and panic. i never had the chest pressure that most people describe but nausea and diarrhea. whenever i get an upset stomach of any kind i immediately feel panicked and anxoius. i take paxil 40mg and xanax on the side and the xanax does seem to help.

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