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Suffered from constipation and diarrhea, panic attacks, palpitations, stressed and anxious. Help?

For the past 2 years, I have suffered from a strange set of symptoms that seem to occur in a cycle. It starts with stomach issues ( constipation or diarrhea ), tingling in the legs,face and back, numbness on the face, palpitation , panic attacks and depression . It can last for 2-6 weeks. I have done extensive tests to rule out MS, tumours, e.t.c but nothing was found. I am seeing a therapist but its not preventing reoccurence. Problem is I have no idea what triggers it as i manage stress well and I get it like two or three times a year. The fear of it recurring has put me into a constant state of anxiety and not knowing what it is has turned me into a hypochondriac spending multiple hours each day researching different diseases. Please do you know if this is a psychiatric problem or a gastro problem. I don t know what to do.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

From the brief information provided, you are apparently suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

IBS symptoms get aggravated by mental stress/depression/anxiety and panic attacks.

A long-term course of a combination of anti-depressant + anti-anxiety drugs; along with conventional precautions and specific treatment of IBS will give tremendous relief in all respects.

Consult your doctor and apprise him of my opinion. I am certain that he will agree with me, order required tests, and- based on the reports- will prescribe suitable/modified treatment as advised.

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Answered: Fri, 6 Dec 2013
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