I've posted about my anxiety and IBS before and how the two tend to work in a vicious cycle. In fact, while I accept that I do have some dietary triggers, I think the majority of my IBS-D is down to stress/anxiety. This is having a really bad effect on my life because whenever it comes to going out to new places, travelling, being somewhere where a toilet might not be immediately accessible I get flare ups. Whether it's a school assembly, a work meeting, or just going to a new town/city where there clearly are toilets I just don't know where they are! It's really getting me down and a lot of the time I opt to stay at home where I feel safe and never seem to get anxiety flare ups.
In a few weeks my son is going away for a week with my parents and my partner and I would really like to get away for a few days but obviously my IBS is playing on my mind. I really am determined this time but I just wondered how others cope with the fear of an accident happening? Has it ever happened to you? If so, was it as bad as you had imagined? It's never happened to me but I kind of feel like the fear is probably worse than if the actual event happened, if that makes any sense?! Ultimately I know it wouldn't be the end of the world...although not pleasant either.
I should add that I do take immodium sometimes but in severe flare ups it doesn't stop me needing to go. I also tried CBT but it didn't help at all.
Any advice from people who suffer in a similar way would be appreciated. xx