Ashamed to go to the doctor for bowel issues. What should I do?
Apart from mental suffiering, my anxiety has always expressed itself in a number of different physical symptoms, namely headaches, breathing difficulties, nausea and gastrointestinal issues. These are not really symptoms of real diseases but merely ramifications of the anxiety.
The bowel issues are giving me more trouble than usual lately. My bowel movements are totally chaotic. I'll have a few days when poop is solid and comes out cleanly and then it gets more liquid (but not like diarrhea) with loads of mucus. It comes to point where I'll go 3 or 4 times in a row because it seems like it's never properly "finished".
Sometimes I'll get paranoid and will look for a toilet the moment I arrive in a certain place. I have given up foods that I know don't go down too well with my systems, like dairy and pork meat.
This is getting so frequent that I'm afraid in this case the cause will not be the anxiety. The problem is that I would be totally ashamed of not only having to tell this to a doctor in detail but also terrified about the sort of exams I might have to do.
Is there anything that can help?
P.S. I don't smoke and have not drank alcohol for the past 2 years.