Posted 02 July 2012 - 10:22 PM
Hi Scott,A lot of people who have IBS-D get agoraphobia, which is an intense fear of situations or places that you feel like you can't escape from. You start to think "What if I have an attack while I'm in this situation/place?" and stress yourself out so much that you give yourself an IBS attack. From then on, you begin to fear even the thought of being in those situations. Also when you have an IBS-D attack, it seems to trigger your fight-or-flight response, making you try to immediately escape and hide from wherever you are.My first question is: Do you have IBS when you're not in these situations? A lot of people just have sensitive stomachs when they're stressed out. It could have been be a combination from the stress of the game, anxiety about staying away from home, a flu making you feel a bit nauseated, etc. Is it only long rides that result in D, or do you have D whenever you're stressed, no matter the situation?In any case, planning is always key. Make sure you take Imodium or something for anxiety before you get in the car. Don't eat anything greasy/sugary/heavy before you get in the car OR the night before, and be sure to tell the driver that when you say you need to use the bathroom, they need to find a place to stop as soon as possible. If you don't have IBS, eventually you'll recondition yourself through time, once your mind realizes that it was a one-time thing that is unlikely to repeat in the future. If you do have IBS, be meticulous in your planning whenever you go on a trip. Leave nothing to chance.