Keep yourself hydrated as you’re doing
I don’t think you have UC but keep us posted and keep up the probiotics…the strongest is something called VSL#3 which you can get from the pharmacist over the counter.
Any vegetable you want to cook you can steam. You can use a stove top steamer (water boils under them) or microwave (place vegetables in dish with a tiny amount of water, cover with plastic wrap and cook). Steaming keeps the nutrients better than boiling.
Agoraphobia is tough but you will eventually overcome that once you realize the panic attacks never harm you; I do realize they are scary though. I’ve had many.
Some people advise to “fight through it, get tough, get mad, don’t let it control you, etc.”…that never worked for me because it got me worked up and just heightened my sense of self awareness.
My method is to give into the fear by relaxing my breathing, muscles and mind and telling myself, “I just don’t care anymore what it does to me.” Before I enter a fearful situation, I take note of my condition (how my vision is, if I’m tired, if I have a headache, etc.). I do this because if I get in the fearful situation and my vision is a little blurry I can realize it was that way before and I was fine. When I get on a ski lift chair (one of my former fears), I don’t try to make myself more aware (make my vision better for instance) but instead try to relax even further (picture someone sitting there with drool dripping out of their
open mouth; that’s how relaxed I try to get). I focus on breathing slow, relaxing every muscle, and staring more.
The method that didn’t work (to fight it) was to tense up, keep looking around, hyperventilate, adjust everything, adjust my seating position continuously, try to clear my vision and just act nervous. This heightens your sense of self awareness and makes you panic because you think you shouldn’t be feeling that way. It scares you even more until you want to get out of there. You can’t get out of a ski chair so you panic (not good). So I just give in now and it works.
It’s like walking through a haunted house…you are more frightened if you try to fight it versus giving in. My wife and kids go through looking all around, stopping at corners, and scared while I go through them knowing nothing will hurt me. I just walk calm, they jump out and I think, “that was annoying.” The downside is I don’t get my money’s worth because I find them silly. I talk to the actors and compliment them on their costumes.
43, male, UC diagnosed in 1985
Flares occur after some illness: food poisoning, flu, mono...
Flares last 6 months to a year and lately involve several weeks of severe symptoms with lots of diarrhea, blood, pain, fever, dehydration.
Remissions last 1 to 4 years and are absolute with no symptoms
Current Meds: 100 mg azathioprine, Colazal 9/day, Lialda 2/day,
60 mg 50 mg 60mg 80 mg prednisone
Xanax, Valium for anxiety
Tegretol XR for epilespy