Hello there - I was hoping someone more qualified than myself would have responded by now.
I have IBS/D like symptoms but I've been told they are a direct result of having had cancer/colon resection and the lower part of my colon they took out.
I struggle with trying to keep my diet plain, simple and amounts small in comparison to how I ate, before cancer, over 10 years ago now.
Traveling is the biggest challenge I face (another might be finding a job with more weekly hours, if I can ever pull off full time, I would have to cut back even further on solids intake).
Like you I cut way back on solids the day before I travel, the day of and depending upon where we are, even after arriving. I prefer sharing a hotel room or condo with just my immediate family. A hotel or lodge is the best set up, with more bathrooms available than just our room's bathroom. Just a bathroom near a restaurant or gift shop, or banquet room that is rarely used is such a comfort. Just knowing I can use THAT bathroom eases any worries I have. We haven't stayed with friends or family much, if at all since I've had cancer. I do that increases a person's anxiety level in trying to manage all of this - if you have to share a bathroom with people who do not have IBS or GI tract issues. You worry they will find what you do in there odd or unusual. When truth be told, unless you overflow the toilet or spend hours in there, I've come to the conclusion that I may think people notice how many times per day I go but in reality they don't pay much attention to me. If I were you, I'd take along extra TP, flush a lot to disguise any sounds you make, buy a can of deodorizer that is the orange scented type, this doesn't necessarily cover the room with an overpowering scent but neutralizes bad odors with a mild orange oil scent. I always pack extra TP in m suitcase. I make sure I take along extra underswear, Stayfree ultra thin overnight pads (they go way up in the back, for minor drips or accidents), drink a lot of water and go easy on solids. Return to eating when you come home.
But if at all possible, try not to stay with friends or family and find your own hotel. Even an inexpensive one with your own bathroom is worth the money.
My family owns a boat now so this will be my summer challenge. I don't eat before going on it and I don't eat while on it. I sip water, just water all day so I am not dehydrated but I have found that even if I'm starving, eating is not good. It's a ski boat, no bathroom and as my husband points out, most boat owners prefer you only go #1 on their boats anyway. Well, then, I say.......don't even tempt me with a possible bigger boat with a bathroom! So this will be my weekend pattern, I just make sure I eat very healthy all week long and pull back from solids Sat/Sun, daytime hours.
Hopefully someone else will post and have a good explanation for your exact symptoms.
I wish you well.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!