Help! New Job Started Yesterday, IBS Flaring Up, Not Sure if I Can Go Back, Advise Please!!!

Hi friends,

I Started a new job yesterday and thought it was going to be OK for my IBS as I had told them about it prior to starting. However when I was there I had a massive shock as it was so so busy (even though they said it was a quiet day by their standards!). The toilet is across a courtyard and there is only one, and there was pretty much no time to go to the loo. I left my previous part time job because of poor management, and this one has lots more hours, however having to work a full day means having to eat at work and as soon as I do I get pains and have stress/nerves related pains. Im so worried about going back tomorrow and im not sure if im gonna be able to stick it out, especially 4 days per week, I really don't know what to do, if anyone has had a similar situation or has advise, I would welcome it with open arms. Thanks everyone.

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  • Hi Lucy, have you tried any elimination diets? Eg FODMAPS?

  • Hi, I try to keep to the good fodmaps, however I find that I can/can't eat things from both lists. When I'm working my stomach is completely different because I'm already anxious and whatever I eat seems to give me pain. I wonder if anyone knows what the regulations and rules are regarding employees and their rights to toilets, just to provide me with the knowledge and 'ammunition' should I need to go and it causes problems.

  • Hi lucycornwall

    Can you please tell me where I can get a copy of these foodmaps, I do hope you feel better soon, I myself have Chronic Constipation, med's from doc don't work after a few weeks, feel like I have to sort this problem out myself some how, maybe these foodmaps will help me, many thanks to you. x

  • Have you tried anything more natural for your constipation? I also had chronic constipation and I see a naturopath. She suggested slippery elm and Aleo Vera juice (whole leaf). Both helped me immediately, which was such a huge relief!

  • Hmmm, it sounds like you are not strict with yourself. If you want FODMAPS to work than you must eliminate everything from the 'no' list for at least 1-2 months.

  • The booklets I was given at the hospital were produced by gus and st Thomas hospital. You could try and see whether you can get one. Or search fodmaps online as there is a lot of info regarding lists. The fodmap diet was devised bu monash university Australia , thru have produced a mobile app, but it is quite expensive.

  • Hi Lucycornwall

    I am going through similar probs at work, I've been with the same company for 5 years now. They are aware of my condition but in march there was a complete change of management and structure and my hours are longer, most of my work involves travel and it is usually close to home, so I felt safe enough to be able to pop home to use the loo or have food. Not any more sadly, I've been moved milesfrom home and there is no tolerance for people missing work. I've been off with IBS the last two weeks and now I have to face management and I know I will be asked to leave!! I can only say that the stress has caused the flare-up,see my last post on here, but I've realised that no job that causes such anxiety is worth it, I believe now that your health is your wealth and there will be a job that suits you out there. I don't know how old you are, but I'm 58 and im not giving up yet!! Retirement here is at 66, I live in ireland, so I hav a way to go yet. My IBS started 7 years ago appx. Do loads of research on any job you apply for and take the one that best suits your Ibs, its a tough situation I know but you have to be kind to yourself and in the meantime look at your diet and what works best for you. Good luck.

  • Hi nanabud, I'm 22 and have had IBS since I was 17, the job I have just started is only for the summer as I'm hoping to go back to Uni in September, it's just the months in the mean time. I'm going in today and have already experienced my IBS in all it's glory! I'm gonna go in and see what happens, I think the most likely outcome if they will allow it is too cut my hours and work less days, if I'm having this problem after only one day then I can't imagine what it's gonna be like if I continue. It's a case I think of giving it a good go and seeing what happens.

  • Might you be less stressed once you have settled in to the job. A new job is soo stressful. Everyone has to be given time off to go to the toilet, so they can't possibly complain! I hope it works out for you.

  • Hello Lucycornawall, I agree with Rowantree and think that once you settle in and get to know their ways, systems and the people you will be less anxious and that may relieve the symptoms. I hope that it is all going well so far and your symptoms have lessened.

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