I am new to the forum but what a revelation - I now know that I am not alone so thank you everyone for sharing. I have suffered on/off with 'tummy' problems all my life but in the last 2 years the diarrhea has become a real problem and at one point I couldn't go out. Even taking the dogs over the fields I invariably had to find a sheltered corner to 'go'.
It has settled a bit now but I am really careful to plan my routes and outings so that I know exactly where the public loos are for when I get caught short - not that its very nice having to go in public loos but you have given me lots of helpful suggestions - thanks.
Just knowing that I am not the only one with these problems has been a real help and now I am more confident that it is not life threatening, so I suppose we all just have to get on with life and cope as best we can.