I have the same issues with fears and concerns about being able to go to the bathroom. When I am nervous about it it makes it worse. When I am not the one driving, its worse. I think even though I have finally started managing it, the past cases where I was running for the potty has caused a mental issue. I'm a photographer, and there is not always a bathroom on locations and its horrible. Managing the fear I think is just as important as managing the IBS. Shoot I have issues just when somebody else is in the bathroom and I know I cannot go if I had to. Even if there was nothing to come out I would feel like I was going to explode just because I knew I couldn't use the toilet if needed.
I've had it since I was 19. I had my gall bladder out and that is what sparked mine. My triggers alternate. Sometimes even something small like a cookie can trigger it. Sometimes it is only bigger meals. For a long time I could not eat out, because even sometimes during the meal I had to run to potty.
I have issues with gas as well. I cannot take the Digestive Advantage. Even if I just take one, I am miserable for several days. It works for many people, but if you find it is not working after a month, look into other probiotics. I take something called Align. If you have a good health store around, check them out. I watched a special all about probiotics and the gut. The more different strains of bacteria, the better. So look around. They are all safe to use. Natural.
Also look into a fiber supplement. The more fiber the better. It will help make your poops more solid and less frequent. I would suggest tracking fiber here on Spark. I thought I was getting enough with also taking fiber supplements, and turns out I am still very low. Scares me to think just how low I was before I was taking the supplements.
I also take Immodium for those events where I know I won't be able to run to the potty. Like if I have a meeting, or long drive. I admit I became pretty dependent on it for awhile. But with more natural ways of managing, I do not need it as much. Always take it in advance for events that you KNOW you will have issues.
Try things like yoga or meditation too to help you relax :D
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