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syndrome with sickness?

Date: 8/12/00
Time: 5:15:36 PM
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Please help--- Bowel Movements?

From: Allison


I'm just learning some information about V-V...trying to learn more. I'm hoping maybe some of you here may be able to provide me with some insight or experience.

I am 28 years old...I have had panic attacks and anxiety off and on most of my life. For the most part I have managed quite well-sometimes with medication, sometimes without.

What I have noticed in the last 2 years or so is that a majority of my 'panic attacks' are triggered when I need to have a bowel movement. I am regular, but when I need to have a bowel movement, it's quite urgent. More importantly though are the symptoms that accompany this.....

-dizziness, sweating, lightheadedness/faint feeling, nausea, shakiness, ringing ears, altered vision...all this of course resulting in panic. The symptoms hit me VERY quickly and intensely and I need to find a bathroom immediately wherever I am or else I am in for full-blown panic.

Has anyone else experienced this and does this seem consistent with V-V?

Thank you so much to anyone who can provide any feedback.

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