Posted last week about my anxiety issues. Although I accept there are some dietary factors in my IBS I think anxiety is my major trigger. Went out last night and had a few drinks and a curry but because I have planned to stay home all day today I've not experienced any symptoms at all.
The anxiety usually begins with me when I'm getting ready to go out. It's become habitual. And now I have to use the toilet several times before I can go out. It mostly affects me at weekends when I'm out of the work/school run routine. It's just driving me mad. There is no enjoyment to be had in days our, holidays etc. I might enjoy it when I'm there but the stress, anxiety, multiple toilet trips beforehand and constant obsession of needing to find a loo while I'm out saps out all the fun and makes me not want to bother.
So I wondered how others manage their anxiety if it sets off their IBS. Breathing techniques and distraction occasionally work for me. I've tried Kalms and St Johns Wort capsules but they didn't do much. I have considered seeing my GP for anti anxiety medication but feel quite reluctant to go down that path as I know it can sometimes exacerbate physical symptoms. Also tried CBT which didn't really work for me.
As ever, any advice would be appreciated xx