I really understand this fear! Fear of being trapped. Or more, fear of what people will think if I have to go to the toilet a lot. Feeling trapped gives me stomach cramps and D and then I need to go to the loo, but if I jump straight back into the same situation then it will usually come back and I will have to go again. At this stage I will probably make an excuse and leave.After reading some of other people's experiences I'm starting to think that to work through my IBS I should actually try and make myself stay in these situations so that I stop fearing them so much. I guess it just takes time, and as Wmtand suggests, lots of preparation. I know if I spent more time preparing then I might feel more equipped to work through trapped situations, and come out of it more confident at the end.