Hi- I am a regular on the crohns forum and post here from time to time. I feel odd posting here because you all have anxiety that effects your every day life. I had anxiety from the crohns that with the help of therapy I was able to (mostly overcome). So... I don't want to impose but was wondering if I could seek your experience?
I get severe anxiety when I fly. I have taken a free online fear of flying course that helped tremendously. I am flying again Jan. 2nd and I am working on it every day. I am not blocking it out and realizing all of a sudden oh crap Im on a plane. I know that my biggest fear is just of being afraid and not of actually crashing. I hate that I'm stuck in the metal tube with no where to run. There is no escape and that is what kills me. I am afraid I will go crazy and be on of those people you see on TV that get arrested or try to open a door.
I have learned that doors dont open in flight. My doctor gave me an rx for .25 of Xanax to take 1 or 2 of. I plan on taking one on the way to the airport and one on the plane. I tried one xanax at home to make sure I had no adverse reaction and felt fine. My husband is also afraid of flying but he is not preparing like I am. I am afraid that his scaredness will ruin all the progress I have done.
My question for you all: My doc, therapist, and online fear of flying course told me that you will not actually lose control in a panic attack. You will just feel afraid that you will. Your heart will not stop, you will not stop breathing, you will not run up and down the aisle screaming, you will not pass out... Is this true? If you have a panic attack and don't have an out, what is the worst that can happen?
My first flight is 2.5 hours each way and I am pretty confident that with the work Ive done, and a little help from xanax I will be ok. But, in March I am flying to Singapore 20+ hours and I am not sure if I can keep the act up that long. So folks, don't hold back, don't worry about scaring me. I am trying to prepare. What is the worst physical reaction that can happen from an unchecked panic attack?
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!!!