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well i am 20, i'm a student and i have IBSI just need some advice really...i tend to suffer from a lot of tingling, i get tingling in my stomach which seems to travel to my bum and this causes me to need the loo..is this normal?i also tend to need the loo a lot when i am anxious or if i am on my period this always becomes worse when i am NOT out and about doing things, it seems it's more of a confidence issue.....how can i sort this? i have been to the loo 7 times today....sometimes when i have constipation i don't go for days but i just feel this is affecting my life, i can't travel, i can't work, even watching tv can make me nervousdo you have any advice? if i can't sort this then i will get rid of myself, i have had to cope since i was younger, have cut out dairy and wheat, fruit, veg, paprika and sweetners in a bid to stop the problems, i cant do it anymore, i want this to gowould medication work?i have to go to the hospital for breathing tests ( i have an antibody in my blood) but i am nervous, my mum is pretty much forcing me to go, how can i calm myself while waiting at the hospital? as waiting causes me to get nervous and need the loothanks
 

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Hi Jessica, if you haven't been officially diagnosed with IBS by a GI specialist then you should probably do that first, just to rule out other possibilities. Once you're pretty sure you have IBS then there are different things to try. Check on this board for lots of ideas. Most of us have to try different things on the road to managing the illness. Some people do well with dietary changes, some get help with stress/anxiety reduction techniques, some are helped with medications. For me, suffering with IBS-D for 7 years, I have been helped by the combination of Imodium (loperamide) and Questran (cholestyramine). They have made my loo trips less frequent and less unpredictable. There are a number of people on this board who have been helped by calcium supplements so you may want to check into that as well. Also there is a 100-day audio self-hypnosis program which has helped people too.
 

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It may well not be IBS. My sister used to have some problem with spasms in her pelvic floor muscles which made her feel like going all the time and the sensation would radiate out from the groin area up her back and stomach etc. It wasn't IBS (lucky her) as it was a problem with the striated muscles in the abdominal area but was very irritating nevertheless.A lot of people need to go to the loo when they're nervous, without having IBS. You really need to be diagnosed by a GI before deciding that you suffer from IBS and looking for solutions to that.Techniques for calming yourself are something that you have to learn and practice. I used to meditate frequently and the techniques I learned are invaluable in stressful situations. Good luck.
 

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Talk to the doctor and get the GI issues diagnosed. Some people do well with over the counter things like Calcium supplements or Imodium, but you want the diagnosis so you know if anything else other than IBS is going on that needs to be treated (and yes your need to go to the loo thing sounds very typical of IBS coupled with anxiety, but you do need to get checked out).Relaxation response and other techniques can be used to treat anxiety, but if that isn't enough you may want to also talk to the doctor about medications for that.Some medications can actually both reduce anxiety and treat IBS as IBS is a problem in the gut nerves and anxiety in the head nerves and both sets of nerves use all the same chemicals and react to all the same drugs.
 
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