Welcome to Healingwell. I am relatively new myself. While your symptoms are consistent with IBS, the issue is the symptoms of lots of other things (such as gall bladder issues) are very similar, if not the same sometimes as IBS. Please follow up with your Primary Care MD and a GI MD as well to rule out everything. I had so many workups (neurological, allergist, GI, gyno), I was beginning to feel ridiculous. I am currently seeing a urologist but not for IBS symptoms- my body decided to throw another curveball. Bummer. My insurance is probably getting ready to kick me off! I'm sure they're thrilled. But have your workups. No need to suffer needlessly. I'm sorry you're going through this- please try to work on your anxiety about
going out (which, by the way, is TOTALLY understandable) Two of my closest friends (one has IBS, the other has UC which has nearly done her in) carry what they call 'crap kits'. (hope I can type that word) - included are diaper wipes, alcohol hand wipes, one carires that camping toilet paper that disintegrates somehow, a change of pants, underwear, etc. One had a terrible bathroom accident while stuck in traffic and ended up in trouble as most of you prob. have at one point. Hence, the 'crap kit' was born so she wouldn't be as nervous. It works. I completely understand this, but so many people (myself included for periods of time) are so afraid to go out- it compounds the problem by making us feel restricted. Anyway, I hope that came out the right way. But start asking for referrals, so you can finally figure out what exactly this is and start choosing your treatment options. Good luck.