Anticipatory Anxiety!!!

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   Posted 2/27/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Alrighty, as you all know I am kind of a fearful flyer.  I conqured that somewhat when I flew to see my in-laws after New Years.  I used a little xanax, lots of deep breathing, and all those good coping skills and it went well.  I am leaving next Friday to fly from Providence to JFK to Germany to Singapore for spring break, then flying to Phuket for the other half of the week and then back via Singapore and Germany...
I have been feeling well for the most part but am really stressed about 2 papers I have to get in before we leave.  I also have never been on a trip this far away and SUCH a long flight.  I know there are individual TV's in each seat with on demand movies, shows, music, and video games.  I should be able to keep busy. 
But I can't help myself from thinking all these horrable what ifs.  My stomach has been hurting the last couple days.  I am sure I am just nervous and stressed.  I have been around so many people with the respiratory flu lately and am trying so hard not to get it.  I am taking my vitamen, zycam up the nose, getting sleep, and washing my hands vigilently.
I have some outfits picked out/bought already and everything I see that I think "i need that in Singapore" goes into a laundry basket so that it is all in once place.
But almost every night I find myself getting soooo excited and anxious that I am having trouble sleeping......what do you do to get rid of those negative thoughts? The ones that think what if Im freaking out the whole flight? What if I get sick in Singapore? (I try to counter these bad thoughts with solutions.  There is great medical care in singapore and I have only had to go the ER twice since I have had crohns...asian food always agree with me so I will probably feel even better there than here... etc.)  Just want everyone elses coping skills to add to my own!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Fitzy I recently went on a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico and made myself sick worrying about the what if's. Turned out I had the best time of my life on that trip. But what I did was take my Xanax in the morning and at bedtime for about 10 days. Doctor told me that I could take it up to 3 times a day for up to two weeks without having any problems becoming dependent on it. It REALLY helped! Maybe you can do that until you get there and then decrease it once you get there and get settled in. Hope that helps and hope you have a wonderful trip.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 2/28/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Fitzy, that is great advise from Nanners, I would look into taking the Xanax. As we all know its hard to stop those fearful thougths, and even when I think my mind is quite calm during those times I think my digestive tract etc is thinking full force anyways!
Nanners - I have been thinking about you and your trip and I am soo glad you had a good time. The two times my husband and I have gone on a trip to get away and relax I am a basket case getting everything organized and worrying about the boys, then when we got there I never felt better and was the healthiest of all of us!
40 yr old wife and mom to two boys 8 & 10
symptoms since the age of 19
officially diagnosed with crohn's Feb/2006
meds: pentasa 500mg 2 x 3day
Surgery-Feb11/08 (resection)

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   Posted 2/28/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree with Nanners and the whole anticipatory anxiety thing had me held hostage along with the CD for way too long
I take valium and I am able to have a life now where I do not always anticipate the worst as soon as I open my eyes as well I am doing Cognitive behavioural Therapy free online an it works for me d

I wish you all the best Fitzky

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