Has anyone experienced IBS symptoms during moments of stress or anxiety. My biggest struggle is anticipation of becoming ill whenever I have to do something and this causes me to become unwell, this started as worrying about exams or interviews and for the past 5 years triggers as small as going to the shop or going to work will trigger a physical response from the IBS. I end up being unwell before I have to leave and then taking loperamide to try and stop everything so I can carry on with the illusion that I’m able to live a normal life.
During this time my blood pressure and pulse is normal and my actual thoughts are extremely relaxed and as I’m not fed up I don’t even feel that stressed when it happens if anything it just makes me feel bad about myself. I feel that it’s a part of the brain that I cannot control.
My gastroenterologist has told me from a medical point of view there is nothing else for me to try. I take amitriptaline every night and loperamide when needed. The doctor is unable to refer me to look at the psychological triggers which have become the biggest part of the suffering.
Has anyone had hypnosis/cbt/psychiatry or any other help for issues such as this. I’m not sure which route to try and with a limited budget I can’t afford to try all.
Any suggestions welcome 🙏🏻