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#1 Misschief

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:20 PM

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Hello, I am a 22 year old female with IBS-D usually only brought on by anxiety. Four of my friends and I are taking a road trip this weekend (about 7 hour drive one way). My car is only a 4 seater so one of my friends said he would drive. This is nice and all but I am starting to get anxious and having those 'what if' scenarios run through my head. I would like to just drive myself and my boyfriend but it would be another $130 in gas and I am a poor college student. Should I try to hope for the best and go with my friend? Or should I make up an excuse and fork out the extra money? What excuse could I give? Help!?P.S. none of my friends know and I feel better about myself with them not knowing or judging.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 11:38 PM

Well if they are good & decent friends they hopefully won't judge you. If it were me I would tell the driver at least that you are having some stomach trouble now and then and that you may need to stop along the way. It is good for anyone to stop about every 2 hours during long car rides anyway. So I would look up the route yourself and see if you can find rest areas along the way so you know where they are. That knowledge alone may help you feel more relaxed about it anyway. Use imodium if you have daily diarrhea. If you do not have daily D.. bring some imodium with you anyway in case you need it. That too may make you feel more comfortable knowing you have it with you. Watch your diet and stay away from any obvious triggers (Fatty fried foods.. for some, people dairy... etc) from here on out til you are back home again. Bring whatever will make you feel more comfortable along the trip.Most of all get your anxiety in check.... think positive thoughts be realistic and stay away from catastrophic thinking. If you find yourself "what if'ing".. stop it. Turn those thoughts into positive ones. For ex: "What if I need to go?!" TO: "What if I don't?" "What if I have a great time?" etc...Wish you a great trip!
Please remember this is a group of folks seeking support on how to live with and manage IBS. THESE ARE ONLY MY OWN THOUGHTS. IF YOU WANT AN EXPERT OPINION, ASK A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

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Posted 25 October 2018 - 02:27 PM

Why don't you set up a fund for petrol/diesel money, so that everyone shares the cost equally between everyone, and keep it topped up for the return journey...

You could also use this fund to fund any repairs to your car, should any crop up along the way.....you should also keep a reserve tank fund of cash for any unfortunate circumstances if they arise, like overnight stops, food also action money, and sleeping accomodations along the way.....

Everyone should share, and contribute equally......there will then be no fights, no squabbles, no arguments then is there....

Chris Jones





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