How do you overcome the fear of traveling?

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Julie1014
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   Posted 12/12/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am doing quite well with my anxiety lately.  I work and lead a fairly productive life.  However, my biggest fear is traveling, alone or with someone.  It seems that the further away I get from home, the panic sets in.  My house is my "safe place."  Knowing it is close by is a comfort to me.  But, if I try to travel more than 1/2 hour away from home, I immediately have a panic attack.  Because of this, I limit myself greatly to traveling and doing fun things.  I just don't understand how to get a grip on this.  I miss so many functions with friends and family, and I'm so tired of feeling this way.  Any thoughts/suggestions are greatly apreciated.  Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 12/12/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Julie1014 I am right there with you. I actually discovered that I had anticipatory anxiety this year, when my husband and I planned our first visit earlier this year to go to Guadalajara, Mexico to visit his sister. I thought I was going crazy from the anxiety. But I was prescribed .25 mg of Xanax and instructed to take it first thing in the morning and at bedtime about a week before we left and until I felt it was no longer needed. I ended up going on that trip and had the best time ever. I even went again about 2 weeks ago.

I too have Crohns and think that was the culprit of the anxiety. What if I get sick down there (my beloved husband said, then will go home), what if the food down there doesn't agree with me (a niece who has travelled there alot, told us of safe places to eat). I think the best tip is just to plan ahead.

I hope you take the time to talk with a therapist and maybe she/he can help you work thru this. Many on this board recommend CBT and have found success with it too. Sending good wishes you will be able to travel again soon.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


stkitt
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   Posted 12/12/2008 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Julie,

Many member have the fear of traveling and as Nanners said it is a form of Anticipatory Anxiety.  We have a thread up now on Anticipatory Anxiety you may want to read.

CBT therapy is a wonderful therapy for many and this is another anxiety that can be overcome with hard work and the use of CBT Therapy.

I practice staying in the moment.

If you can learn to stay present in the moment then you can rapidly and gracefully change your life for the better!  We are creating our futures right this very second through the thoughts and energy that we are sending out. What future are you creating for yourself if your thoughts are filled with anxiety, anger, and fear? What would your future look like if you could send out love, joy and prosperity?

Practice staying present today. Take deep breaths often. Really feel what you are doing. When you are driving in the car really focus on what you are doing, seeing and hearing. Approach your work with focus and clarity. When you are with a loved one really listen to what they are saying to you.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Keep talking to us as we are here to support you.

Take care
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Julie1014
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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the wonderful replies. It's so nice to know I'm not alone. Blessings to you all! Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Mazfire
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   Posted 12/12/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   

i have agoraphobia- it prevents me from living life to its fullest- travelling is off the table, as leaving the comfort zone is an instant invitation for panic. i understand. ive lived with it for 14yrs. but i cope one day at a time.

anyone finds a magic remedy, please let me know... id love to live and teach in scotland for a year- but im stuck in sydney! rolleyes i want to be able to leave my hometown without irrational fear.

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
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Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
My anxiety is also crohns related. It helps me to have a mock comfort zone at my destination. So - when we go to our inlaws we have our own bedroom and bathroom, that is my oasis. When I traveled to Singapore my hotel was my safe zone. The plane was the hardest part but with xanax and lots of self talk I got through.

I want to share what works for me but I don't want to sound like I am just saying "just get over it" because I'm not. I find that once I do something that makes me SUPER anxious, and do it successfully, I am a lot less anxious the next time. So if you are afraid of travel what if you book a hotel room, in your home town. Go and sleep over no matter how miserable and panicked you get. Promise yourself it is one night of your life and you will fight through it. When you finally get home to that ahhhhh safe place you will realize in retrospect, hey - I did it. I'm ok. Then it a little while try it again, might not be so bad. Then try traveling somewhere a little further.

Recognize what really scares you, underneath it all. Is it getting sick? Then research hospitals and doctors. Is it pooping your pants? Bring a change of clothes, take immodium. Is it crowds? Stay out of the cities and go to a nice country inn. Is it feeling alone? Then go some place familiar like a mall in a different city. Same stuff different place, etc.

I also keep track of times I am scared and do something and it goes really well, times I go and it goes ok, and times I go and it is a disaster. My disaster list is really small. My I wasn't scared at all list is small. My I was scared, did it, and it was fine list is huge. I remind myself that the movie in my head is always a horror film and the reality isn't going to be so bad.

And then there is always the good old "what is the worst the absolute worst that could happen." That tends to put it into perspective. Most likely your worst won't change history, won't stop the world, and won't matter to anyone else as much as you. You will realize that even if the worst happened you would wake up the next day and life would just go on.
27 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.


Shia
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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Julie, I feel the exact same way... A few months ago I went to visit my mom in Arizona I had to leave within 3 days because I was soo restless and had so much anxiety. Even though my "home" here in LA is much more stressful and chaotic, I found myself being more uncomfortable in an unfamiliar place... Ugh and my mom sent me home with the airplane it was the worst I had a panic attack in the plane... WOW I was seriously going insane and I didn't know what to do or say :( Worst feeling ever...
I wish I was able to travel. For Christmas all my friends are going to Vegas, guess what I'm not :( Again because of my anxiety... Sucks...

FitzyK23
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   Posted 12/12/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
But Shia - you have to remind yourself - even though it SUCKED you survived your panic attack on the plane and got home in one piece, right?? I didn't see you on the news - you didn't get arrested - you felt insane but did you cause a scene? Did they have to turn the plane around or emergency land for you? I'm guessing not. You felt miserable - but it wasn't the end of the world. If you go to Vegas with your friends and feel miserable can't you always stay in your hotel room? Or go home? I HATE flying more than anything in the world and I know how petrifying it is to put yourself back in that miserable aluminum tube - but - in the big scheme of things it wasn't as big as it felt when you experienced it. I vomitted and pooped all the way back from Vegas one and swore I would never fly again. But then I realized, as much as I was miserable and panicked it was 5 hours of my life and I lived to tell about it.
27 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.


Julie1014
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   Posted 12/13/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow. All of your stories and advice are so comforting to me. I can't thank you enough for sharing your experiences and "remedies." It really gives me something to think about. You guys are the best. Blessings to you all. Julie:-)
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 

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