General life stress actually causes me to get better. But some are sent right into flares. Another individual thing.
But Anxiety, that is special! Often causes my gut to react, just like you describe. It is normal, I guess. If I can't avoid a roadtrip or I have to fly, I make many preemptive bathroom visits, try to keep the car cool and quiet, and tell myself, "you are really empty, don't worry, you just went, you'll be OK..." Being the driver helps for some reason, a control thing I guess, my hubby knows to give up the keys. Immodium, underwear liners can help ease the anxiety. Others use xanax, but I didn't notice it doing anything for me. My doc totally appreciates that this is what her patients experience, was willing to prescribe the xanax, but there is only so much that she can do to help.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin.
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon...