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FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I have crohns and get super anxious whenever I am in a situation without a bathroom or in one where it would be a big deal to use the bathroom.  Next Wednesday I have to travel 4 hours round trip with my boss.  I wrote about it here on the crohns board.
 
 
If anyone has any tips to combat the anticipatory anxiety or the anxiety in route I would love it.  Respond on either thread.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Fitzy

I am sorry your stressing over you trip but I understand how you feel.  With a husband with Crohns I know when he is going to be stressed so I feel for you.

The 7/11 technique can help calm anxiety enormously and practising this could certainly help with your journey. You can trick your body into relaxing by using heavy breathing. Breathe in slowly for a count of 7 then breathe out for a count of 11. Repeat the 7-11 breathing until your heart rate slows down, your sweaty palms dry off and things start to feel more normal.

Distraction is also a good idea. I would suggest taking lots of means of keeping your mind occupied on the journey.
Often it is the fear of fear that is the worst and the journey will probably not be as bad as you are currently imagining. Do you practise any form of relaxation? It would be an idea to do some nightly  and perhaps you could imagine yourself on the journey and everything going well while you are feeling calm from the relaxation. Rehearsing a positive outcome in your mind can be very helpful.
Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
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Kitt

 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah   yeah yeah yeah Fitzy, here are your cheerleaders! Anticapatory anxiety is not something you'de invite to dinner, but sometimes it shows up. Be aware that it will come and when it does, pull up a chair and offer it a bread roll. Anxiety hates nothing more than for us to be calm and accepting in it's presence. I wish you all the best.
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percycat
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   Posted 6/22/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy,


Fitzy,

It looks like you've already gotten lots of good advice from here and the Crohn's forum. I just want to wish you good luck. I don't have Crohn's but do get anxious about flying or driving on unknown routes sometimes, so I know the feeling.

It's very good to know that your boss understands your health issues and doesn't see them as embarrassing or limiting to you - at least, he doesn't sound that way from your description. Try to think about what a positive thing that is, and maybe you'll be able to relax just a little bit more, knowing that he's at least a spectator at this cheerleading event for you!

Hugs,
percycat

FitzyK23
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   Posted 6/25/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
All went well! Read the crohns board post!
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


stkitt
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   Posted 6/25/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I am so happy for you and I guess your cheer leaders were pretty good, maybe we should do competition LOL

Luvs,

Kitt


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Fitzy,

I am so happy for you. I really hope those cheerleaders helped out a little. Yay!


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percycat
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   Posted 6/26/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Fitzy,

I'm so glad that all went well! How relieved and PROUD you must be for yourself!

percycat

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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah                          yeah                                        yeah                                         yeah
 
 YOU will make it '
 
YOu have all the Cheerleaders behind you and plenty of great advice / input as well
 
I take along puzzles and books to keep me occupied or I journal my anxiety all down ....
Have aGRAT trip and plz do let us know
 
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