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ImaKeeper
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   Posted 1/9/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Well to say that im having a panic/anxiety attack at the moment is a huge understatement...I am still trying to get used to this whole anxiety thing and now I have to go into the hospital today for endoscopy (for my crohns) and I feel like im going to jump out of my skin. Im shaking my heart is racing and I feel like I cant catch my breath..Ive been up since 2 its now almost 6 30 and I dont leave for the hospital until 12 so its going to be a long day.... Im just looking for some calming thoughts from others who know what im feeling thank you so much.......

currently taking

pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix,ativan,advair inhaler and started Remicade back in May
 
LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WHEN YOUR FEET HIT THE FLOOR IN THE MORNING...SATAN SHUDDERS & SAYS: "OH SH$% ,SHE'S AWAKE!"
 
I DON'T HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, I JUST... OH LOOK A KITTY..


Hibee
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   Posted 1/9/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Imakeeper

I find that deep breathing and self talk help me to calm down if i am experiencing high anxiety, I tell myself i am going to be ok and try to relax as much as possible taking a deep breath in and then breathing out over 3 seconds. If i am at home i put music on as i find this also helps. I get anxious if i have a medical appointment so i can relate to your anxiety.

Deep breaths, Take Care

My thoughts are with you

Ben

TeacherBetsy
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Imakeeper))) you'll be okay... I've had lots of scope procedures myself and know that anticipating the procedure can be scary. I will be thinking of you. Good luck!
Dx Crohn's Disease 1996
Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission
 
 


Junebug05
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Boy are we in the same boat today.  I'm having 5 teeth pulled at 8:30 this morning.  I've been doing alot of deep breathing and self talk as Unhappy mentioned.  You will make it through this, it may not be easy, but you have the strength within you to make it through.  Try to stay in the moment, as one of fearless leaders always suggests (Kitt), don't think ahead, just concentrate on where you are right this minute.  I found that keeping busy really helped me.  Read, play a computer game, anything to keep your mind occupied and when the scary thoughts come, just let them pass through you.  Both of us our going to face our fears today and when it's over we will be relieved and so proud of ourselves. 
 
Remember what you are feeling can't hurt you, it can make you feel miserable, but that is all...just a feeling!  I'll be thinking of you and hoping that you get through this.  Post when you get home and let us know how it went.  Love and big hugs to you!

Nanners
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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Imakeeper))) Hugs to you my friend. You have gone thru the unpleasant part, the prep, now comes the easy part the scope itself. You will be sedated and won't remember a thing. Can you take maybe 1/2 of the Ativan to relax you until the scope is over? I am sending healing thoughts your way.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

percycat
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   Posted 1/9/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Keeper, hang on. You'll get through this.

You've probably posted and gotten advice about your procedure on some of the other lists, and I hope they've helped quell at least some of your fears.

I've had two endoscopies done, and they went just fine. The preparation was pretty much nothing - yes, don't eat or drink - but once i was in the hospital, it was really all just dressing in my gown, answering questions to check my records, and then being wheeled off to the surgery room.

The sedation was intravenous and acted very quickly, both putting me under and waking me up. I had no pain or discomfort from any aspect of the procedure.

If you're fearful of the results, remember that the doctors are there to help care for you. They're about to get some very good, clear information about your health, and that is definitely a good thing. Try to stay in the moment, in getting through the test today, and set your other concerns aside for a bit while you treat yourself to some well-deserved emotional TLC *from* yourself.

I'm praying that all goes very smoothly and easily for you.

percycat

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Aries8
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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Imakeeper, I can so relate! I know what those feelings are like. Stay in the present moment as someone else suggested. That helps a great deal. Make your body go limp like a rag doll (if that's possible at this point). Remind yourself that you're nervous because of the procedure today and everything will be over soon.

Junebug, hang in there! Let us know how your appointment went.
Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse


Green Grove
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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ImaKeeper !

I hope you are feeling better now and are staying in the moment :) You have received such great advise from everyone and I thought I would say hello and get well :)
Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
 ~Co-Moderator Anxiety & Panic Forum~
  "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt~
Not a professional.  Seek your physician's advice before making changes to your meds or lifestyle.
 


ImaKeeper
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   Posted 1/9/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone!!!!!! I feel so much better now that im home and its all over, I didnt panic to bad my breathing, heartrate and bloodpressure stayed great....and all my dr found was some slight irritation in my stomach...so again thank u all so very much.....
currently taking

pentasa, hyocosamine, zofran, acphix,ativan,advair inhaler and started Remicade back in May
 
LIVE YOUR LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WHEN YOUR FEET HIT THE FLOOR IN THE MORNING...SATAN SHUDDERS & SAYS: "OH SH$% ,SHE'S AWAKE!"
 
I DON'T HAVE A SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, I JUST... OH LOOK A KITTY..


Green Grove
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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you are feeling better now :) Take it easy!
Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
 ~Co-Moderator Anxiety & Panic Forum~
  "When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~Franklin D. Roosevelt~
Not a professional.  Seek your physician's advice before making changes to your meds or lifestyle.
 

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