Your story really struck me because I suffer from the exact same fears as you. I don't know if you happened to catch my story in the introduce yourself board, but my anxiety etc all stemmed from when my mum had cancer five years ago. Well mum is better now but I live in constant fear of getting cancer, or worse, need my family getting it. I always worry about things like, how would I know if they did have it and how could I get them to go to the doctored in time to find out. I drive my family nuts constantly asking them if they are okay when they so much as cough lol. I'm a nightmare sometimes but the thought of it terrifies me.
I was glad to read your story too because I like you suffer from IBS and I have had this confirmed by a doctor. The pain is exactly where you describe it to be, from my hip right up to my rib. Quite often in my back too.It can vary from a cramping pain to a dull ache and it's constantly there with me. One thing I can tell you is that your anxiety is probably making it worse, as my doctor told me, and f you happen to read a lot about IBS on the net, your gut is very sensitive to the stress chemicals from the brain, so your anxious thoughts will make it worse for you. Stress provokes ibS. This is definitely the case for me. I made myself a mix playlist of relaxing nature sounds type music which I found , it sounds completely ridiculous I know, but I find if I put my ipod on and lie in bed at night with this on and concentrate on my breathing, it really helps to calm me and in turn helps my IBS. just a wee tip for you if you are into trying things to calm it!
I hope you will reply with some of your experiences or anything you find helps you, or even any of your thoughts on out yep of anxiety, nothing will sound daft to me- I am the queen of all stress heads
I look forward to your reply.
Thanks for reading!