Post # 1
For the last 3-4 years I’ve had a pretty severe anxiety disorder, and I’m really scared of it affecting my wedding. I mean my pictures start in about 6 hours so I dont know if I’ll get any responses in time, but I got one hour of sleep last night because I was sitting on the couch thinking of worst case scenarios and trying to convince myself everything would be fine.
Now the embarrassing part, won’t beat around the bush, is that one of my main panic attack symptoms is diarrhea. It’s a viscious cycle, because I am afraid to be caught somewhere without a bathroom because of this, but this fear is usually what causes it.
So…. My pictures and ceremony are all outdoors at a park, we’re talking 3.5 hours out at this park with the closest bathroom about 1/6 mile away and its just one of those gross brick park bathrooms. I’m FREAKING out. I have probably s*** myself overnight enough that I don’t know how much is left in my system anyway. I just told myself I would take a couple immodium an hour before the pictures started, but I just know that they second I get my lace-up dress on and get out there, I’m going to need a bathroom. My sister is my maid of honor and she knows about my issues so i kind of trust her for help with this and she says I’m going to be fine, but all I keep picturing is that scene from bridesmaids where she poops in her dress.
does anyone else have this issue?
Post # 2
I have this EXACT same issue, the vicious cycle is something I’m all too familiar with (anxiety+IBS=nightmare!). I was also super concerned about my wedding day to the point I was having panic attacks, and there were NO washrooms at my chosen location. I can honestly say I was so busy and distracted at photos that I didn’t even have a chance to be anxious or pysch myself into getting sick, after photos were over I was realized ‘omg! I didn’t get sick or even worry about getting sick’. The day goes so fast that you probably won’t even have a chance to have those issues lol and hey, if you do at least there IS a washroom even if it’s less than ideal. Take a deep breath, good luck and congrats!
Post # 3
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
Lamac967: I hear you lady. First of all (if you can) try to get some more rest, you deserve more than 1 hour of rest. If you can’t do that try to redirect your attention to something else (whatever works for you). You have a potential problem, but you also have a plan to stop that happening. When the time actually comes it’ll likely be such a whirlwind of stuff to keep you occupied the thought hopefully won’t even cross your mind.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
Like you, I was really worried about having panic attacks on our wedding day! My issues stem from hormone imbalances and the anxiety and digestive type issues are very disruptive sometimes. I have the same kind of embarassing responses to anxiety and I was super nervous that my dress would be super tight and make the anxiety worse or that feeling trapped during the ceremony and pictures would trigger my anxiety. I’m happy to report that I didn’t have any panic attacks and my anxiety was super manageable – to the point where I only had a bit of nausea that I had to breathe through before the ceremony.
Just take a deep breath, because I assure you that you’ll be so distracted on your wedding day that you won’t have time to be anxious! I spent a lot of time reading about how other bees handled their anxiety and IBS symptoms on their wedding day, and none of them ended up having an issue! The day is just so full and there are so many other things that you end up focusing on. I thought I would wake up with a ton of cramps and anxiety, but I ended up with just mild butterflies. I was too focused on other things to panic and I never felt trapped or on display. Remember that you can duck out to the bathroom if you need to and you’re going to be surrounded by people who love and support you 😀 You CAN do this! Congratulations and good luck! ♥
Post # 5
I have bowel problems and this happens to me so often! I’ve been caught out on trains and even inside a cave with diarrhea! Honestly as awful as it sounds, its never as bad as you picture it and you will always be able to find a toilet. Even if it takes a 2 minute taxi to a restaurant. I’ve found people are very understanding, and if you one or two people who know you have these problems, they will constantly look out for you. I know that anxiety makes it worse as well so its so hard to try not to be anxious. Best advice I have is do everything you can to limit anxiety. Take 2 immodium at the start of the day. I eat some bread – to bung myself up (sorry if TMI). Make sure your sister has a bag with tissues, baby wipes, hand sanitizer etc etc just in case. Being as prepared as possible is the only way to limit your anxiety, and limiting anxiety will help so much.
Secondly, have you been to the doctor? I’ve had colonoscopies, xrays and goodness know what else. You never know if there is an underlying issue that is triggering that reaction.
Post # 6
- Wedding: February 2015 - Chapel on Base
Can you take an extra dose if anxiety med?
I’m hoping you have a great day.