Brides with chronic illness/ailments – wedding day concerns!

posted 3 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@BurlapnLace:   I’m so sorry – have you tried keeping a log of what you eat and your symptoms?  Have you tried probiotics?

 

I have IBS and am literally dreading not the wedding day but the day ahead – I am terrified of having to eat out for the rehearsal – and having “repercussions” on the wedding day…..  

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I have chronic neck/back/shoulder pain that makes it really hard to move, nevermind dance, so I’m definitely hoping it doesn’t decide to flare up around my wedding. Because there’s no way I’m taking a muscle relaxer or pain killer on my wedding day!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@BurlapnLace:  Oh man,  I’m sorry you have to deal with that. Like PP said, if you haven’t try logging meals and symptoms to look for a trend. Include every ingredient (well, the ones you know) to see if there are any trends. Hopefully you’ll make some progress in these next 10 months! Personally, I am terrified of having a cold sore. I have been getting them for my entire life, and although I don’t get them frequently, they are pretty freaking awful when they come. If there’s anything my body can do to completely ruin my wedding, that will be it. I will be keeping valtrex on hand for the few months before my day, and taking it anytime I think I am getting one. Unfortunately, each pill is $15 because the generic doesn’t work for me at all, and I have to take 2 at the first sign and 2 more 12 hours later. $60 everytime I think I’m getting a cold sore is going to add up, because I’m sure I will be stressed, and I am sure I will be looking for the symptoms and popping those pills every 2.5 seconds.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@BurlapnLace:  That must be very stressful! 

My FI has Ulcertive Colitis and I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so we have a host of things that could happen on our wedding day!

The best thing is to just be prepared, know what are the worst things that could happen and have aids or remedies available to help you out (if anything helps).

It’s your family that will be there so they should be understanding.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BurlapnLace:  I know you said you’re avoiding wheat and taking probiotics, but have you tried avoiding gluten (more than just wheat and your symptoms sound SO MUCH like mine) and using some digestive enzymes with meals? Really helpful for my gluten itolerence, which took awhile to diagnose. I use DigestGold (cheapest on Amazon) which contains both digestive enzymes and probiotics. Just something to try. 

 

 

 

For me personally, I will continue being strict on my gluten avoidance and for my migraines I’m going to try and get some sleep, avoid caramel coloring, and stay hydrated. I’ll be carrying Maxalt everywhere with me just in case.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I am lactose intollerant and have epilepsy, on the day of my wedding I wasn’t medicated for the epilepsy so yeah I had my concerns. The day went off without a problem and I kept backup meds just in case. Find something to help the symptoms, have them on hand the day of, and just relax, it will be a wonderful day for you

Post # 12
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805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have fibromyalgia and we are doing our wedding on a cruise. im worried i wont have enough strength to go out and do anything or enjoy it. we went to cancun in may and i was fine but that was before i was diagnosed. it all hit me in july. sometimes i cant walk. so i just pray i wont have a high pain day on my wedding day and not be able to get out of bed

Post # 13
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

As it’s exacerbated by stress, have you been doing anything on that front? I find mindfulness exercises a great help. MS can be really unpredictable too and stress is not a friend. I think stress reduction is a key player in making my life with a chronic disease manageable. It’s an integral part of how I cope, in addition to medication and doing what I can to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@BurlapnLace:  Oh good, just wanted to check! Sometimes people really do only pick wheat to avoid and wonder why they still have symptoms. I’ve personally found that yoga helps both my digestion and my stress levels.

Post # 15
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272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You sound like me! Often pain in my ribs also tags along on the other symptoms. However, I haven’t had an issue in about a year now – ever since I cut out all food/drink that contains aspartame. That crap can cause all kinds of problems. I also keep Gaviscon chewable tablets on me and take them at the first sign of ANYTHING….they have been a life saver. Try not to stress about it – that will only make it worse 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have IBS-D and was SO WORRIED about getting sick the day of my wedding. Especially IN my wedding dress!

I tried to watch what I ate, avoid gluten. or getting too full in the days before, and chose a gluten-free dinner menu. I was also having some issues the morning of, so I took my prescription meds pre-emptively (not really supposed to do that…but it’s my wedding day. So I did!). They worked and I was okay, though.

Basically you should practice self-care – avoid any trigger foods/drinks, plenty of rest, avoid stress or any other triggers, and make sure to have any meds that help on hand at all times.

Have you seen a gastroenterologist and had a colonoscopy? IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion, but if you have something like colitis or Chron’s, it’s far more serious whereas IBS does not cause damage. But there are meds for all of them. Levbid and Lomotil have been wonderful for me.

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