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I am leaving for Las Vegas on Sunday morning and am petrified of flying. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to calm myself down without totally drugging myself or drinking alcohol. Plane leaves at 10 am so not a good time to party. I am on clidinium when I feel an episode coming on. Any info will be appreciated. I'm not only scared about my IBS acting up, but being so enclosed! Please give any advice ASAP!
 

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Is this the first time flying. IF not then you know what to expect. SO many planes go up and down daily the odds of something happening are slim to none.How long will the flight be for you. Xanax is always a good thing if it is only for a temporary time to get you by.Have a good time I am sure you will I have been there also and bathrooms are never a problem.Linda
 
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I know the feeling. Here's what I do... I get a large dose of clonazepam (2-3mg)and put it in my pocket. Just knowing that I can use it if I really have to gives me peace of mind and I've never used it yet.. Also, there are breathing techniques that are easy to learn if you feel panicky that will really calm you down quickly.
 

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Mich,If you decide to go the tranquilizer route, and that is the ONLY way I can fly, start taking them a couple of days before.First it will help squelch anticipatory anxiety, D, etc. and also if you are not used to taking that kind of medication, you will be able to see how you function on them.Please clear this with your doctor first.Have fun and good luck at the casinos. But remember, the best way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your wallet!!!love to all. mama-
 

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I admire all of you IBS-D people that fly!I have flown when younger and no IBS, butnow I am petrified to think of it. What do you do during the 1/2 hour to hour you may have to stay belted in before takeoff, during turbulence etc? I thought there were only a couple of bathrooms for a lot of people.One good thing is that most airports seem to have bathrooms right near boarding areas, but please give me some more words of confidence about the flight itself! I too will need to fly over the next year.
 

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I too HATE to fly! But I went to Vegas last October. My flight was 4 1/2 hours straight, but I made it. I took my CD player and played relaxing CDs the it was actually not too bad. The scenery below actually took my mind off of it (over the Grand Canyon was beautiful). I also took an Immodium before I got on the plane. I also didn't eat on the plane - didn't want to get anything stirring in there until I was on the ground. I'd call my doctor though and see if he can give you something for your nerves. It doesn't have to knock you out, just give you something to take the edge off. Don't worry about Vegas either. It has a bathroom at every turn - its the best place an IBSer could go in my opinion. ------------------Rebecca"Knowledge is Power"
 

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I have to fly often. I hate it but I must or I would never see family or friends. Usually I really try to watch what I eat the week before ,trying to keep it bland. I get up really early the day of the flight . That way if I have a bout of D I can get it over with and take something for it. I also tell myself that I refuse to be a prisoner of IBS or anxiety. I bring a lot of books and magazines .Seems like if I am busy the flight goes faster. I also try not to fly during PMS time if possible.I have had a few close calls and did miss one flight because of a D attack but there was nothing I could do about it and it wasn't the end of the world. Although it felt like it at the time. I doubt I will ever fly overseas ,which I would like to but at least I know I can make short trips if I have to. Good Luck.
 

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Hi Michelle,Well, I haven't been on a plane either since I got IBS. Scary I know. I do however have 2 trips (long car rides) coming up that I'm trying my best not to worry about.A couple of suggestions for you; check out the website: www.anxieties.com There's some really good breathing exercises on there. It talks about all kinds of phobias including flying.You could also do a search on the BB for help with travelling. Use keywords like anxiety and travelling and you'll come up with some old posts that will offer some good advice on the matter.I wish you the best of luck and a very enjoyable trip. Let us know how it goes when you get back!
 
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Michelle,I know that this will not help for this trip, but have you heard of the Northwest WINGS program? You can go to their website...www.northwestairlines.com and check it out. It's supposed to be the best of the best and was told they have a 95% success rate. My best to you!
 

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Hi Michelle!The first time I ever flew, I was really nervous about being "enclosed" in the plane too. And of course as soon as we got into the air, we had major turbulence and I was a nervous wreck. So here's what I did that made me feel better. I told the flight attendant that I was a little nervous and she let me sit in some empty seats at the very back of the plane by myself. Being able to sit back there and see this huge plane with lots of rows of seats made me not feel so claustrophobic. From that point on, I always have tried to get a seat in the back. It helps keep things in perspective for me. And don't be afraid to tell the flight attendant that you are nervous...the one I talked to had some good advice and some funny stories that made my flight much better. Good luck to you!
 
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Michelle, I too have IBS-D and had a terrible fear of flying but I made myself do it regardless. I've flown several times and once a 12 hour flight overseas. Here is what I did. I ate a decent dinner the night before but didn't eat anything again after 6 pm. I took 2 immodium the night before to control my usual morning D. Had no breakfast. If it was a shorter flight,I usually wouldn't eat anything but just have a coke and some pretzels. On the long flight I had to eat a meal and a few minutes after eating I took 2 more immodium. If I began to feel like I might be close to an "episode" I would take more immodium. I know that taking that much can sometimes give people C and that you shouldn't take that much but as long as you don't use that much everyday you will be fine. You could also try taking some motion sickness meds, if anything they will allow you to sleep and put you more at ease. Just relax and have a good time. I always calm myself by knowing where the bathroom is and telling myself that if i get sick, I can handle it. Good Luck and have a great time!!!Dixie
 

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Here are a few tricks. Music and/or ocean music, if you can keep your mind off of your IBS and on other stuff that will help. I know what you mean, I am not afraid of flying just of having IBS problems in the plane. eat lightly day before and day of, immodium before the flight, to slow down bowels, or even lomotil, and if you are really scared about IBS a large pad with wings (just in case) and a change of clothes in a backpack, that way if those thoughts start up , you can tell yourself that if it does have to happen then I am prepared and I WILL NOT LET THIS IBS RUIN MY TRIP! After the trip and nothing happens, that will help in the future. I know it's hard. GoodLuck Terio
 

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I'm flying also, with my wife and 1 year old son, I'm taking a valium. Hope the baby doesn't scream the whole way, poor little guy has a good set of lungs.
 

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I always lose myself in a good book. Idon't fly often, but when I do,I find that the anticipation is worse than the actual flight. Once I'm on board, I relax with a book. I don't drink anymore, so I've never used that as a way to relax but I understand why people do.
 
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