earthquakes and fears...

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   Posted 2/27/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody, I hope you are all well, and I would like to have your opinions on two things:
1) Earthquakes: We have a a lot of earthquakes here in Greece, and this month things got worse.  Every 5-6 days we are shaking.  Now there are rumors of a big one coming soon, and although I realise that sometimes everybody is over-reacting, I am terrified.  Needless to say it makes all my symptoms worse.  I fall asleep at night and dream that my house is falling apart, and I cannot find the rest of my family.  Then I spend the next half hour in the bathroom.  What should I do to ease my fears?  I can't live the rest of my life fearing of the worse.
2) Obstructions:  I had a partial obstruction almost two years ago which landed me at the hospital, but since then I'm coping OK, meaning I feel better than I have in years, although I experience minor symptoms now and then.  The thing is I am constantly afraid I will get another obstruction, although I don't have any sigs of it.  Is it possible for people with Crohns to have only 1-2 episodes in their entire lives?
Thanks for listening (reading), and I hope to hear from you soon.

Mary T
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   Posted 2/27/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Christina,
I'm afraid I can't help with the earthquake fears, have had many others, but not that specific one. What I try and do when I'm scared is to divert my mind by doing crossword puzzles, mental math just about anything that takes my mind off what is bothering me. Not sure it will help but it might.

The constant fear thing, I truly do understand. Again it's a matter of finding something that diverts you attention. Some people are very lucky and have only minor eposides, hope you will be one of those.

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   Posted 2/27/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that it would be normal to experience some fear if you're having tremors every 5-6 days! If it is affecting your life in a really negative way as it seems it might be from your description, perhaps you should let your doctor know and he/she can assess whether you'd benefit from some treatment or medication. It could be that you're having some sort of Post Tramatic Stress reactions to both the earthquakes and the surgery.

Good luck,


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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Living in California we have the occasional tremor with aftershocks(even worse). Your fear is not without a reality based foundation! I would be feeling freaked out too. Have you thought of seeing someone for counseling, not because you are crazy or anything(not that there is anything wrong with that), but to help you to talk about the fears to someone.
Feel better. I am not any obstruction expert so I leave that to the others.
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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   

First of all, I would be afraid of earthquakes, we have tornadoes where I live and any warning sends me to the shelter area.

As for the Crohn's, I think you are perhaps having anticipatory anxiety, you are worrying about the what ifs?  As we don't know the what ifs I would hope you can overcome this fear by staying in the moment and living today.  Try not to asume every twinge that seems wrong is going to be a blockage.  I know it is easy for me to say this but it takes lots of practice and anyone that can live in your land with the earthquake threat has lots of fortitude.  I believe in you.


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   Posted 2/27/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Christina

Yeah, I can see why anyone would be worried. Of course, I've lived all over the US including California. So I've felt a few tremblors before. The biggest surprise was finding ACTIVE fault lines in the south, in AR. & MO. A surprise that woke me up a couple of times.
Anyway, how strong are the shocks, I'd be most concerned over 5-6 Mag. tremors. smaller stuff is pretty common near fault areas.
Try not to worry TOO much, you know what that does to crohnies. Not pretty..


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   Posted 2/27/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
There was an earthquake in Manchester England. Now that's weird, I'm from the UK originally, this just doesn't happen.
4.7 on the scale too!!!

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

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