Good morning everyone! As some of you are aware, I have Shingles. I'm taking my medicine faithfully (because of all of your help!) But, the Shingles are horrible. It keeps getting worse. I'm only on day 5, and I hear it can last a couple of weeks. To top it off, my Crohn's is flaring. I'm miserable. It's hard enough to feel "normal" on good days, lol! When I get sick, it really throws me off. I've been having many anxiety attacks, especially because of "what if" thinking.
"What if the shingles gets worse? How will I cope? What if I can't get my anxiety under control? What if I can't make it to work on Monday? How much work will I miss? When will this get better? What if it never goes away?" Etc,,, Blah, Blah..... It's like what I call a snowball effect. I'll get myself so worked up.....
I could go on and on about my "what if" concerns, but I think you all know what I am talking about. I've got myself worried about Monday, and it's only Friday morning, lol!
My question is, how do you deal with "what if" thinking, anticipatory anxiety, the "snowball effect?" Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. It's so hard to not "think about" Shingles, when the pain is a constant reminder! Thank you. Blssings, Julie
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pancolitis) 10/25/05
New Diagnosis of Crohn's March 2006
Asacol 3 pills three times a day
Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks
Prednisone 12.5mg a day
Imuran just increased to 75mg
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)