I am so sorry to hear others going through this, yet like you all I am truly glad I am not alone.
This whole diarrhea thing is taking over my life! I was diagnosed with severe depression and social anxiety 3 years ago. I never left the house at all and since psychology I've been to university, volunteered and felt I was really getting on with my life and then BANG. About 9months ago this happens...Like many of you I have to sit and map out where toilets are, turn down invitations for long car trips and plain avoidance. Tomorrow, I have a meeting with a business advisor and I am so scared that the diarrhea will kick in, to be fair I know it will...No matter how much immodium, buscopan, bachs rescue remedy etc I take. Have tried breathing techniques, changes to diet, positive thinking i.e. "Come on, remember those other times you thought you would have an accident and you didn't! You can do it". I don't know what to do any more...Have been to the Drs and now I'm awaiting a colonoscopy etc, but I don't think it is UC or Chrons...Funnily enough, the cramps and diarrhea hit when I am to leave the house, especially if it is for a long car journey or somewhere new...
I'm at a loss, I was far more anxious and depressed 3 years ago. So, now why? I want to get on and be 'normal' not be locked in the house because I fear I'm going to mess myself .
Have noted some of the methods and medication and talk them through with my doctor and hopefully something will change.
Thinking of you all and hoping we can find something to stop this.