Oh do I identify with these! Travel is hard for me, I only do it when I must and anything over 45 mins is a no no. I will not eat anything risky the day before. And I won't eat or drink beforehand, and won't eat while I'm out, because my poor tummy and anxiety go into 'spin cycle'. I'll spend some time squatting with my knees drawn to my chest (usally while brushing hair and teeth), as being in this position seems to help speed constipation along, get rid of diarrhea, and erm sorry, liberate any air pockets before you go in public. It makes the bathroom ritual a little faster. Gravity I guess?
It's awful, I wish I could go to the bathroom every time I felt an urge, but I want to keep my dignity and not have people ask awkward questions. And it's pretty bad when you're on moving transport because there's no toilet available. It hurts to hold it but I must.
You're lucky there's no pain. There's a deodoriser sold in a tiny green bottle called Nilodor that numbs people's nose to smell, so you could dab that on a piece of paper and wedge it behind the toilet. If there is a fan (I <3 fans :) ) turn it on before you need it. Before you go, definately try to squat for a while or do the yoga position where you have you hands and feet on the ground and raise your bottom above the rest of your body. I hope these help!
Ps. I find certain things such as milk or foods with fibre (wholemeal bread, vegies etc) can cause wind for me too. Have you been tested for fructose or lactose mal-absorption?
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