When I'm flaring really (and I mean really) bad, I head to the bathroom the instant I even think I might have to go. I've been lucky that this has been sufficient.
When a flare isn't terrible, I can often get the cramping and urgency under control by standing still or sitting and taking some deep calming breaths and visualized my bowels loosening from the cramp. I also try to block out my surroundings and just focus on my body and breath. I know it sounds hokey, but its saved me from using the disgusting bathroom at my grocery store on numerous occasions.
I think the key is not to panic. The anxiety causes more cramping and urgency. I know that's easy for me to say, since I haven't experienced the horror of having an accident. I think it would be harder for me to stay calm if I'd had an accident in the past.
Katie, 30. Chicago 'burbs.
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament: Asacol 1200 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet/Exercise: Spinach/sunflower and low-residue. Yoga, walking, cardio.
Previous Treatment: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status: Heading to remission???
Post Edited (Kiss520) : 11/5/2008 8:55:17 PM (GMT-7)