Hi Everyone, I'm a 24 year old male and was diagnosed with IBS when I was around 18/19. I take Mebeverine and Amitriptyline religiously and in the last few weeks I've had a Colonoscopy; nothing abnormal was found so I must just have IBS, I guess.
I've never reached out like this before, but I'm really struggling with the anxiety associated with IBS. The slightest stomach cramp and that's it, all my plans cancelled. It has a big impact on my life and my fiance's. It's ruined many events for us, including trips away, social events, and visiting family. I would love to be more adventurous but I find I can't leave the house without constantly worrying about having a flare up. Even more so lately because I have been finding that my body gives me less notice and I don't expect it as much. I haven't eaten anything that would usually cause it for example. Today, I travelled an hour and a half to see family. I was driving and almost there when I went to pass gas and the worst happened. Needless to say, I turned around and travelled an hour and a half home again. I'm grateful I have such an understanding partner, but incontinence really isn't common for me and I'm worried this will knock the confidence that I've been trying to build up for years. It would be comforting to hear if you also struggle with the anxiety around IBS, whether it ruins your social events like mine, whether you're constantly thinking about it like me, and how on Earth you manage it. Thank you so much.