IBS and Camping Don't Always Mix

I went camping back in the summer, with my sister and a couple of friends. We had quite a large tent that we shared. I didn't think much about IBS or anything, but after eating quite a lot of spicy meat and drinking one can of beer, I began feeling very bloated and bubbly when we got into our sleeping bags in the tent.

Silent (rotten) farts

When I'm gassy I get pains and indigestion across my tummy, and I think pockets of air in my intestines, causing a lot of pain and discomfort, so I had to let my gas out. It was silent, but filled the tent with a rotten eggy smell that wasn't pleasant for any of us. I didn't like to say it was me, so I just kept letting off silent farts every few minutes and watching my sister and friends blame each other for the bad smell.

Usually rubbing my belly helps soothe the pain, which I did as we chatted, but it did make the others suspect it was me who kept doing the rotten farts. I just said I had a tummy ache but denied the farting. But I had to fart, even though it was in a tent. But I felt too ashamed to take the blame. But I couldn't help the gas, I had an upset tummy.

Lesson learned: be prepared

I hadn't brought anything with me to ease indigestion, so I had trouble trying to burp and felt a big painful bubble in my upper stomach that I couldn't shift. So it wasn't the most comfortable night for me.

So next time I go camping I'm going to come more prepared to avoid this happening again, although whatever I eat I still get gassy at night. Maybe I should have my own tent but then that takes the fun out of it.

If you've ever been camping, how do you deal with it with IBS?

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