I have an embarrassing question to ask… When my anxiety level is high or just dealing with certain people in my life… I tend to lose control of my bowels… No warning at all… Most recently in a major dept. store… It was horrifying to say the least… Does anyone else have a problem like this?
Laura – No but I hope someone can help you. I’m sorry that happens to you.
Meryl – I have had similar some time ago. I carried medication. Came close yesterday.
Holly – I’ve had it happen to me.
Niki – Not to where I can’t control it. I can make it to the bathroom, thank God!
Lauren – HAPPENS TO ME NOW AND THEN, BUT NOT WHEN I AM SPEAKING TO SOMEONE – THANK GOD. THIS IS WHY I AM PRETTY MUCH HOME-BOUND.
Tiffany – I usually can hold until I am home but when I am stressed it goes directly to my stomach.
Courtney – Yes, when my anxiety is out of control that can happen. I just work hard to keep it under control
Samantha – I take Imodium regularly.
Kimmy – I have IBS so yes, when I’m stressed out it happens and I can’t control it
Lilly – I take medication for it, talk to your doc, for sure, so that you don’t become more afraid to go outside!!! This is not abnormal
Goddyss – Yes yes yes…..
Stephanie – I’m on meds for anxiety related ibs my gi prescribed a med called bentyl it really helps ask you doc about it.
Julie – Yes when I am very stressed.. most of the time I can hold it ..but other times I make it to the toilet..thats why I stay home almost all the time.
Angela – When im stressed or thinkin of upsetting thoughts my stomach does summersaults thought it was just me. not on your level thou.
Crystal – Go to the doctor, it may be caused by IBS or an Inflammatory Bowel Disease both are worsened by stress. If it happens again try deep slow breathing. Breath in for 5 seconds and out for 5 seconds. It might slow things down so u can find a toilet. & just plan ahead, know the nearest toilets wherever you go.
Christine – My anxiety doesn’t affect me in that way..I’m so sorry to hear that this happens to you all…hope you find something or someone that can help with these issues…good luck.
Sandra – Last november, when my attacks came back after seven years, i spent the whole week of my trip with no constipation issues whatsoever, my constipation problem is pretty serious so imagine what a blessing that was for my colon, just my colon! On normal days, i only get nausea but its because i take meds now after the mayor attack. Cant imagine my life yet without them and all the support.
Karen – Yes ma’am … Happens to me. I have Crohns disease. I used to think the Crohns caused the panic and anxiety because I have to know where every bathroom is before I go anywhere. I have panic when I go anywhere unfamiliar or have to travel or have work meetings … I take lomotil because I have Crohns and it helps but I still have panic and and anxiety over the whole bathroom issue. I hate sharing a bathroom with anyone! Yep it’s pretty embarrassing! I live with my fiancé and we have 2 bathrooms but his daughter is with us every other week and I freak out if both bathrooms are in use. I won’t have to use the bathroom until I know both are being used..then suddenly I have panic and have to go. It’s crazy but I know exactly what you’re going thru.
Jan – Very sorry for your situation, as if the anxiety was not enough to deal with! God Bless:)
Amber – Happens to me!
Rachel – I can keep mine under control to a certain extent, but yes, I definitely understand. When I first started my battle it was pretty out of control – embarrassing, but one day I’d be so constipated it hurt to walk and the next it seemed I couldn’t get off the pot! I was so afraid to go into public because of it, but my doctor told me I can help with stool softeners or things like Imodium to bind you up. Stress definitely goes to my core – I’ve found methods that help, like making sure if I feel anything strange I head to the bathroom, or using breathing techniques to calm my bowels. It’s hard when there’s no warning, but you’re definitely not alone.
Debbie – I would get a colonoscopy. I knew someone who had that and it was diverticulitis, they were treated and were fine, but it could be any number of things……..don’t wait
Amy – I wish you the best in finding some help with this. I become incontinent of my bladder. Different, I know, but just as embarrassing.
Jennifer – There are as many neurotransmitters in your ‘gut’ as in your head. Upset them and……. (me too!)
Susan – I get it a lot and it not very nice and I get anxieties a lot my is when there people upset me a lot and I am under the gp with my she keeping a eye on it.
Jane – I’m on bentyl as well!
Heather – Yes… It happens to me as well. It happened to me way before I even attributed it to my anxiety. I know that when it happens; I need to slow down and rest my whole mind and body…because it happens when I am on ‘overload’ with stress/grief/sadness…anything that causes my anxiety to spike. (They have actually diagnosed me with IBS medically. It is a very well known condition, tending to ‘attach’ itself to those who suffer from anxiety
Rachel – Yes.. though not with my bowels.. with mine it’s my bladder still embarrassing.
Cat – IBS caused by anxiety.
Chi – I cannot say that this has happened to me but my bladder is another question. I am not a big fan of public washrooms, and it seems when I venture out is when I have to go the most.
High Anxieties – Thank you all so much for your comments. Here’s a topic that most don’t talk about but it’s a very real issue for so many. I’m thankful to all of you who came forward and shared your knowledge and support. We are not as alone as we think. Victoria
Valerina – I see where some have mentioned Immodium. I’ve had IBS for 41 yrs. Immodium seemed to be a miracle cure, but I soon found out from my internist that if it is taken regularly, your bowels end up starting to depend on it for control. You do NOT want that to happen as you will have trouble controlling your bowels completely – not just when the IBS flares up!! I now only take it if absolutely necessary, and then I will first take only half a pill to see if that helps. If not, then I’ll take the second half. Best way to manage it is by watching what you eat and avoiding certain foods (and coffee & caffeine) when you are
Emma – I hope people aren’t getting misdiagnosed with IBS! A panic attack comes straight from your central nervous system which triggers the Fight or Flight response. The first thing to happen is your body wants to empty your bowels and bladder, this is to get you ready to fight or run the hell away. It’s a perfectly normal response from the body. It’s the misinterpretation of the fear that is our problem. I don’t think relying on more meds is the answer long term. And yes I suffer from this too the best thing I’ve noticed that helps is a good diet, eating lots of fresh fruit and veg all day regulates the bowels. Every morning you pretty much go on schedule. Then when you go out later there’s nothing for your body to get rid of in case of an attack. Strength to all and good luck in your fight against anxiety!
Break – Yes, I used to know every bathroom every where I went. I had a motor home which I always parked close. I carried a sick sack. I wondered how I would poop in it if push came to shove! The chemistry of anxiety is trying to save your life and having poop just weighs you down. My son and father always threw up. My sister has to wear diapers to go to the doctor because she always is afraid of them. One time I was taking her to the doctor, she was too nervous to drive. She said she was going to be sick so I turned the car around and someone ran right into me. I said aren’t you going to throw up and she said “No, not any more, because I don’t have to go to the doctor now”. I just use my sphincter muscles and run to the bathroom. Usually after I go 5-7 times, there isn’t anything left. I also think it helps clean out all those toxic chemicals of anxiety.
Geri – Carry Imodium with you.
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