I posted a few weeks back about my ongoing issues with anxiety related IBS. I am positive it is solely anxiety related as I never have flare ups with diet. I have had a couple of really awful experiences lately with car journeys in particular. As soon as the anxiety starts I get urgency for the loo even if I've just been. Then the panic of being in the car and not knowing where the next toilet might be makes it even worse. Today I had a full on panic attack, retching as well as being desperate for the toilet. It was only by sheer luck that we made it to a service station and I was in such a state that I just burst into tears with relief. The thing is that because I've had a few experiences like this now, each journey becomes a huge ordeal for me and this makes the anxiety worse. I dose myself up with immodium but it doesn't help because it doesn't sort the root cause which is the anxiety. It's getting to the stage where I think I might need some sort of medication to deal with this. But I'm reluctant to start taking any medication as it only seems to be in certain situations that it comes on - I guess my brain is wired to things like car journeys or new places where I don't know where the loo is as being 'dangerous'.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can help? Has anyone taken anxiety medication and how does it work? Is it something that needs to be taken daily or just when you get panic attacks? And does it interfere with your mood and day-to-day lifestyle?
I'm going on holiday in a few months and genuinely don't know how I'm going to make the trip. I wish I could re-train my brain. I feel so low.