If we just ignore this, there will be no urgency to go. We can just skip a few days. This is never healthful, and adds a new problem. While the pattern may be started with bouts of stress and acid burning, it is continued by a very different process.
Feces retained, just do not sit there patiently awaiting evacuation. We are designed to get rid of waste. Holding on to it beyond the appointed hour for its discharge is not good. There is always a price to pay. One thing retained feces do is to rot. Expelled on time they are soft and mildly odoriferous. Held for too long, they get hard and difficult to propel down the colon. They become steadily more offensive in smell. Held longer, they decompose into a fetid liquid that is very smelly, carcinogenic and acidic. Having frequent gas that could clear the Astro Dome, shows a need to investigate diet and bowel habits. The decomposed feces create a new level of acid burning from the by products of their decomposition. The progression of the colitis steadily around the colon starting in the rectum and working to the cecum, is the worst case scenario. The cycle of diarrhea followed by constipation followed by diarrhea, is just the cycle of feces blocked from being expelled, rotting, being expelled, followed by new feces–, on and on.
My opinion of most current medical treatment for the early stages of this disease is very low. Medical practices tend to be self limiting to pill and surgical care. I can see little value in either approach to most cases of irritable bowel syndrome. The pills recommended are as logical as taking an aspirin for an acid burn. Perhaps afterwards, but if you happen to get battery acid on your hands, you don’t take a pill! You wash it off! Modern medicine makes very few recommendations for enemas. Properly given enemas wash the acid off the sensitive tissue and cure or prevent the acute problem. Pills and surgery, do not address the problem at all.
With IBS it is good to suggest dietary changes and stress reduction and management programs once the acute episode is neutralized via some good enemas. The years I suffered from loose bowels with every stress, I did not know how to deal with stress. No doctor ever gave me much advice on this. One had me take long walks every day, and frankly this did help, but my approach to life needed modification. No doctor ever mentioned not drinking milk or not using milk products. I found this on my own. Being a strict vegan, even under extreme stress, I have never had anything like the symptoms I had as a milk drinking, meat eater.
These approaches do work. All people with bowel problems should look to them as real cures. The best short term cures directly address the colon via enemas.