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   Posted 11/1/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I am taking the GRE tomorrow so that I can apply for grad school. Just thinking about taking it makes me so nervous that I want to run to the bathroom lol. Does anyone else have to go to the bathroom when they get nervous or anxious?

I'm a little worried that my bowels won't behave while I'm in there :( I'm going to buy some Immodium tonight and wear a pad just in case but wish me lots of luck!! Hopefully I'll have a good score and no accidents :D haha
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   Posted 11/1/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah i know how you feel i have a hossy appointment with surgeon tomoro and my gut are all over the place right now i don't cope well in sressy situations good luck for tomoro im sure you will be fine. Bev x smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 11/1/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yeah, I get what I call "roller coaster bowel" when I get anxious. It's like how your stomach feels when you go down the steep hill, or when you look over a steep cliff when you're afraid of heights. Only I get it in my lower bowel. It's the most god-awful feeling.

Luckily I always have an Ativan on hand for such events. It really helps. But you definitely are not alone in what you feel.

Good luck with the GRE. You'll probably do just fine once you get there and sit down and get into it.

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   Posted 11/1/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand you can advance to grad school in same college/university as a way to not have to take this test in some fields. I took some of the PE exam which was very long (recall like 6 hours) and did it while my disease was active. but it was more of a gas issue, which is essentially the same problem. You need to have the meal that works for you and the meds that work for you. Lomotil (prescription) is a bit stronger than immodium. Anyways I wish you best of luck :) do what you gotta do to get some rest.

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   Posted 11/2/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Of course I'm about to leave for my test and now my guts are wrenched...Hopefully the Immodium kicks in :( I can't wait for this to be over!
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   Posted 11/2/2009 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to start taking Xanax on occasion because of my anxiety. I always get D and nauseous anytime my anxiety kicks in. But now thru the help of therapy and the Xanax I can stop it in its tracks before it gets out of hand. Good luck on your test, I am sure you will do fine:)

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   Posted 11/2/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I get it badly! Even in remission the slightest bit of stress will give my the runs and make me vomit - even if I don't think I'm stressed I always find the morning of an exam my stomach plays up big time! In all exams I've had in school and uni I get put in a separate room on my own with an invigilator near to a toilet so I can run to and from it as often as needed (they even add on extra time to make up for any time spent on the lav!) thats been an absolute lifesaver for me, couldn't imagine being in the exam hall with 1000 other students and having to run in and out with my legs crossed!
Hope the test went well!

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   Posted 11/2/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there and good luck!
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   Posted 11/2/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. Well I didn't end up getting sick but my anxiety definitely got the best of me and I didn't do very well. I may take it again in December but I will definitely take my anxiety medicine before going this time. Lesson learned: Ticking clocks wreck me lol.

I hope everyone is having a good day :)
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