I'm 21 and have had IBS now for nearly 2 years however I am sure I had symptoms prior to this as I clearly remember the "stand out" problems happening many years ago!!
I work for family, so luckily don't have issues in regards to going to the toilet at work! However I barely go out anymore, and I mean...even food shopping (I get it all delivered to my home because even a short car journey scares the life out of me)
I have an amazingly supportive fiancé who has had the pleasure of pulling over to the roadside to allow me to "relive myself" many times now. - Luckily, we are very open!
Unfortunately, we rarely go anywhere together these days as even the shortest car journey worries me so much and I know that worrying about it brings on my tummy problems more, but I can't help but think about it. I even carry a plastic bowl (for the sink), many... many rolls of toilet paper & puppy training pads (AS RIDICULOUS AS THIS SOUNDS) but I absolutely do NOT want to be caught short, so I am prepared!
It makes me miss out on a lot of things. My fiancé & I used to go to the beach almost every week (which is about an hours journey from where we live) but I don't even remember the last time we went I don't want him to miss out on doing things because of me. It makes me feel very guilty and I'm sure he must secretly get fed up of my constantly worrying & going on about it. I even missed my sisters hen party because it was a couple of hours away and I was too afraid of travel issues / going out etc.
I know that it is very much a mental thing for me now, I am wondering if anyone else has the same problem? It's not so much that I am having really bad symptoms anymore (although it still happens occasionally) but I know its mostly in my head now and as soon as I begin to think about it, I can amost instantly feel my tummy start moving and "gargling" away.
I am planning to go to the doctors and see if they can suggest any sort of therapy for this. Has anyone had any luck with therapy if they have a similar issue?
P.s. Sorry for rambling - Actually feels good to get it off my chest though!