Hi....in the overall state of things, my suggestion would be for you to start cognitive behaviour
al therapy to help you gather the tools in understanding the anxiety and helping deal or intervene in the process as it's happening.
I've never tried hypnotherapy, but I think it's worth a try "as a bandaid treatment" for the short-term.
The whole problem with anxiety is that when we have attacks, we think they're never going to end....but they do. The waiting it out and being consciously aware of the process is most painful.
Recognising is the key....but that's easier said than done.
Maybe during your trip you can do a half imodium (I don't usually suggest it, however...it might help with some of your anxiety/thought process) plus the xanax.
Do the people you'll be involved with during the meetings know that you have to sometimes use the washroom often? You can firstly enquire where they are and set that as accomplished before you even start the meeting.,
Having a plan is half the battle....
I hope it goes well for you.
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!