Ok I can relate to the stress causing IBS attacks. Whenever I get really anxious or have too much stress I get cramps, diarrhea and nausea. First thing that has helped is taking a med such as Xanax to help stop the anxiety. If I take it at the first hint of stress/anxiety, I can stop it in its tracks. My other suggestion is when you are stressed and get frequent diarrhea is to take Librax. I really like the Librax as it has something to calm the cramps and diarrhea, but also has something in it like Xanax to calm the nerves.
Many of us with Crohns have IBS with it. I find my IBS acts up the most when I am really stressed or anxious. For the longest time, before I understood what the problem was, I would have what I thought were mini flares that would knock me down good for 4-5 days. Now that I know its anxiety/stress causing the problems I use one of the suggestions above and have been able to stop the mini flares. Hope that helps a little.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!