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Mazfire
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Family- todays question:
 
"What physical and enviromental stressors impact on my AP?"
 
I know that for me, im sensitive to temperature, my sleep patterns- not enough sleep equals big stress and crowds- too many people talking to me at once drives me nuts and my diet- if im eating healthier, i feel healthier, my system is less toxic. also- noise, light, chemical smells, being out of my comfort zone.
 
How about you?
Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. First diagnosed at 14. Proud Aussie.
 
 

Post Edited (Mazfire) : 1/8/2009 8:41:38 PM (GMT-7)


getting by
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Good topic Maz,

I can't stand the television really loud, and to have music on at the same time, forget it. I am a total wreck. Too many people talking like you said irritates me and makes me very nervous. I also am sensitive to smells. Some calognes put me on edge. Especially if they are really strong.

Though I know that I can't control everything around me, I take an extra xanax or leave the situation. Sometimes we have to endure it for a short period of time. But if it is impossible for me to avoid these situations, I am not in a good place. So try to relax, meditate, breathe if I can. Whatever works at that time. Sometimes I can get it under control, sometimes, I can't.

This is a scarey thought if you let yourself think about it too much.

Hugs, Karen
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SleepyBug
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
for me, avoiding caffeine and other stimulants (including a lot of over the counter medications for colds and such), bright lights, loud noises, crowds of people, and high temperatures have a big impact. all of those things can send me into terrible panic mode. oh, also i have to avoid upsetting/violent t.v./movies/news programs, etc. watching other people suffer really gets me anxious (if anyone has seen crash-the part where it looks like the guy is going to shoot the child? i literally had to get up and walk out because i started sweating and shaking and my heart started flipping out. i just can't take things like that, for some reason)
love and hugs
~danielle

this being human is a guest house.
every morning a new arrival-a joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awarenewss comes as an unexpected visitor.
welcome and entertain them all!
even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably
he may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
~rumi


Green Grove
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Morning Maz, Karen, Danielle and All!!!

I also have to be eating well, exercising, relaxing, etc to feel my best. I also aviod triggers also such as to much noise, crowds, violence of any kind, etc :) I usually don't support aviodant behavior but there are some things that are rational and perfectly understandable.

Nice one Maz!
Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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Mazfire
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   Posted 1/9/2009 2:45 AM (GMT -7)   

well i screwed up the date again rolleyes   darn pain meds! lol

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. First diagnosed at 14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
It's okay, Maz. For me, cold temperatures and lack of light are definitely triggers. I'm not particularly fond of crowds, either, but can handle them sometimes without any trouble. It depends. And I definitely feel better when I'm eating healthier and sleep better when I don't overload on sugar!

Great question!
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Good quetion Maz,

Your doing so good with this thread......kudos to you.

My number one trigger is knowing my children are in dire straights. I feel helpless and I want to save them from sadness.  So my A & P kicks into high gear as I try to trouble shoot how I might help them.

Having lost one child to death has made me very anxious about one of my others having a hard time.

I have learned to let go after my hubby sits me down and again explains to me, I cannot control the world............  I don't understand that...........why can't I?  smhair

Hugs to all

Kitt


TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Neither can I, Kitt. Feeling that lack of control is a huge issue to handle and tough to understand... very tough.
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 1/9/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Well my Crohns Disease is a big factor in my anxiety. If I feel like I am getting sick I start worrying about all the what if's again. Another is like Skitt, if my kids are having problems, I get very anxious for them. My hubby is constantly telling me they are adults, and are going to have troubles, and Mom can't always fix them all. But it never makes it easier. Once a Mom, always a Mom I guess.
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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percycat
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   Posted 1/9/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Maz,

I'm really grateful to you for organizing this thread, and I think you're doing a wonderful job. Thank you. (hugs)

My biggest environmental factor is having a crazy day at work. If people are flinging here and there with all kinds of needs, especially if they think the needs are immediate, it really throws off my "balance." Then it's lots easier for my own triggers to get to me. So a crazy day isn't itself a trigger, but it sure sets me up for a lot of falls!

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Aries8
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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Not enough sleep really gets to me. I guess being tired lowers our ability to deal with things efficiently.
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Soonblue
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   Posted 1/9/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
TeacherBetsy, just breath, same here! I don't get depressed during the winter but boy do my panic attacks seem to pick up! I actually started a new cycle of panic/anxiety on Monday this week(first major attack I've had in almost a year!), and I'm sure it was made worse by the weather. I live about an hour southwest of the city of Philadelphia, PA and yesterday was the first remotely sunny day we've had around here in nine days. It's been very rainy, cold and miserable outside. I've had a heck of a job just willing myself to get out of bed in the morning and go to work.

Other things that seem to trigger my panic/anxiety: Mazfire, I also have big issues with being outside my comfort zone. I used to be so anxious when I'd have to leave my parents(my 'safe' people), that even my first week of college was absolutely terrible. When I decided that I HAD to move out of my parents' house when I graduated, same thing. Every time I have to take a trip without them it's a big deal.

And stkitt, that lack of control I sometimes feel like I have over my life can drive me absolutely batty! Just the other night I was paying some bills and realized it had been just over a year since I'd last checked my credit score, so I trotted online to get my updated report. Big mistake. Apparently a cable company had(unbeknownst to me), charged me for two cable boxes that I'd left behind in my old apartment after they told me they'd come and pick them up. Since I didn't know about this, they reported that I was in debt to a collection agency! Unfortunately the credit report didn't tell me any of this, so there I was for about three hours thinking somebody had swiped my identity from under my very nose and was opening all sorts of fraudulent accounts. Funny story now, but I was anxious as hell at the time! turn

TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 1/9/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Soonblue, yes, we could definitely use more sunny days! A local weatherman announced on the news yesterday that we've had only 13 sunny days out of the last 42... more than some areas, I guess, but not much, we've had lots of rain. So I know where you are coming from on that.

Nanners, I agree 100% about Crohn's being a stressor... if I worry about getting sick, I get sick... if I worry about something too much and don't eat well, I get sick. It's a daily battle but a critical one, because my decisions make it better or worse most of the time... can't mess around with an unpredictable digestive tract.

Aries... yes, sleep deprivation really affects me, too.
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission
 
 


Soonblue
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   Posted 1/9/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
just breath, can totally relate. It seems like I'm most calm mid-to-late evening, starting about 8pm. Just last night my girlfriend came over and even though we both had to be up early today, I stayed up until about 1am chatting with her and my roommates while we watched TV. I know what you mean...when most of your day is consumed by anxiety, you want to squeeze every minute out of those few hours of calm!

Georgie Girl
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   Posted 1/9/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Lack of sleep (don't know if the anxiety causes the sleeplessness or the sleeplessness caused the anxiety or a combination thereof).  Travel.  It's sad because I love to travel but it just exhausts me and sets me on edge.  I also have to travel for work and could do so more often which would help in my annual performance assessments but I don't volunteer to go.  Can't stand loud noises, loud talking, horns, noise makers.  Don't tolerate the Jul and Aug heat very well, makes me depressed.



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