I am really struggling with anxiety related IBS and have the strangest habits. I'm pretty sure my IBS is almost certainly solely anxiety/stress related because the only time I experience the urge to go really bad is when I get anxiety - not after eating etc. It starts with flutters in my chest and before I know it I'm urgently needing the toilet and then the panic of not being able to get to one makes it worse. I've noticed that it tends to be when I'm going somewhere (had a really bad experience on a bus last week and yesterday on a long car journey). I don't know if I'm linking the prospect of travel and not being immediately close to a toilet with the anxiety?
It's becoming a real issue and I'm scared to go anywhere. I'm going on holiday abroad in summer and really worried about how I'm going to cope. I have used immodium in the past and although it helps a little, it doesn't cure the root cause of the anxiety so I still find myself needing to go. It's not always loose, it's just urgent and I can go several times over the course of a day if my anxiety doesn't subside.
90% of the time I'm fine so I don't want to have to take anxiety medication but just wondered if anyone else suffered with this and if they had any advice/techniques on how to calm myself down and take back control.