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I think I am starting to get the hang of this. Anyway Does anyone out there afraid to do stuff for fear that you stomach may hurt? I have had these fears and cannot see to get rid of them. I love going hiking and camping (in fact I am going to Yellowstone this fall)but i have this knawing fear the it will hurt. If I can keep my mind off it then usually it won't hurt but keeping it off my mind is the hard part. I am also scared to eat very much when I am out somewhere for the same reasons. I am getting so frustrated with my stomach and wondering if there is any hope of getting rid of this thing. please help me if you can.Thanks MRW
 
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Dear MRW,Yes, I had a fear of doing things when my IBS was at its worst. I play a lot of golf and travel with my husband, some of it to foreign countries. I was determined not to let this interfere with my lifestyle and found that on my trips I was virtually symptom free. I can't always say the same about physical activity. That is why I am so sure that a lot of this is truly the mind/gut connection. I had no stress when I traveled. The golf, although I love it, can be stressful when I play competitively. I say go for the trips and just be prepared in case. I always had immodium, Metamucil, hemmhorroid wipes, and some meds for treatment of hemm., panty liners and anything else you have found useful. Knowing it is there you can relax and maybe even find yourself good as new. Good luck.PS-I feel that my IBS is getting better with sensible care. Yours can too.
 
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I am always afraid the stomach will act up. I am mostly afraid of the gas. I find that they less I worry about it the better off I am.
 
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Dear MRW- I've had the same trouble in the past. And it's a rightful fear that you have. I've had my IBS crop up when traveling but have learned to watch what I eat, eat frequent small meals and make sure I have my meds with me in case the cramps really start. I try not to think about the IBS and divert my thoughts to other things when away. I can't say you wont have problems but you can't let yourself think you will. Just prepare the best you can for your trip & try not to let IBS rule your life. That's hard to do but you have to do it. Birdie
 
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I have the same problemm, and was wondering if Dr.Salt's book would help. I have not read it, but from the previews it sounds as if this is the major problem which he focuses upon. Anyone who has read it please elaborate. Tex
 
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Hi MRW-Yes, I am often afraid to do things because I don't trust my stomach to act right. I have been taking Caltrate with much success, but I still don't trust my stomach. Like everyone else has said, I know that my stomach will be okay if I am not dwelling on it, but its really hard to not worry about it. I have been trying to take small steps to gain confidence in my stomach. Like going to the mall for the afternoon or running errands for a little while. I am still scared of big events, but for the most part I am now comfortable with the smaller things. Try to build confidence in your stomach slowly and I know its hard, but try not to worry. Good luck!------------------Kayla
 
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Yes, MRW, these folks have good advice for you. And, I'll add to the notion that "pleasure" trips turn out not to be so frightful after all.My wife and I recently went on a gambling and casino trip up to Laughlin, NV. Drove six hours one way. Stayed there and had fun for five days. Had very little IBS type feelings, even on the drive. (OK...I did take meds - Lomotil - and ate very little, but still...)I've noticed that the IBS episodes usually come during the "run-up" to the trip (that is, during the days immediately preceding it) and after the trip. Probably because of the anxiety of anticipation and then the triggers of returning after deviating from the more stable eating and sleeping patterns.Bottom line, though - make the pleasure trips and enjoy yourself. Do take along the meds and other preventative stuff (like diapers, wipes etc. - what the other folks here have suggested). You will learn how to cope and will gain confidence doing so.BJ
 
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