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I have been suffering from IBS D for 18 months now. Its stolen all my confidene. I carry a bucket in the car for fear of an accident!!!!! Never saw myself doing that. I take Imodium as a prevention but still I always worry in case it fails me, it hasn't yet. I live in N Ireland & would love to know if there is a support group in mmy area Co. Down. certain foods like Pork & cream trigger it badly, so I avoid unless I know I will be near a loo for the next 24 hours at least after eating there, other foods trigger it & sometimes I cant explain what causes it. I have had a few near missed but Thank God I have always made it to a loo in time. My husband is very understanding but he doesn't have it so I would love to chat to anyone out there who understands how your confidence leaves you. I am constantly anxious that feeling of nerves in your tummy, also even when I have been I always have the feelin of needing to go again, why is this????? Can anyone advise how to beat the worry, I have tried relaxation tapes etc but to no avail. I panic if I know I'm not near a loo. I'd love to chat with anyone who has some advice on beating the anxious scary feeling as I feel this is 75% of my problem, but I cant change this mind set of fear. Please help............
 

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Are you sure you have IBS? It is a rule-out diagnosis and you need to see a GI specialist to have a series of tests to be certain. Be sure you do.Yes, having urgent D ruins your confidence and ability to travel, socialize, even work and (in my case) leave home. I am pretty much better with more good days than bad. My confidence is slowly coming back. You will find a wealth of information on this site but do NOT let it replace making sure you speak with a doctor about your health condition. Best to you! XXX
 

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NikkiL Welcome :)And what I want to say to you... STEAL it BACK!Here's the key words for you to focus on and remember when that panic starts creeping up:
I take Imodium as a prevention
"And it hasn't failed me yet."I know that negative thinking only leads to more negative thinking. So I learned to turn my negative thoughts around to positive ones and sure enough... that lead to more positive thinking. It takes some paying close attention to one's thoughts & some serious positive self talk, some time & patience.. but if I can do it.... you can too! Just work on it everyday and soon enough you will find going out gets easier & easier.All the best
 
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