Ive had ibs c (sometimes d) for 10 years. Im a positive happy person, despite the ibs! Ive had all the 'oscopys', scans, x-rays etc. Tried all the diets, everything. I have some very good days, when i have bad ones, i just stay indoors, i dont want to have to explain to people as they dont understand. Ive often been told its just a 'toilet thing'. I wish!! It affects me mentally and physically as im sure most of you know only too well. I get many good days as well and its great! Im 60 now and had to stop working a couple of years ago due to its severity. Im due to attend my nephews wedding abroad in sept and dread getting an attack. My sisters know i have ibs, but to be honest they really dont understand it, despite telling them what its like. My daughters, while seeing me legging it to the throne, still insist, you are fine, mum. I feel guilty if i cant look after my grandkids, and i get the impression they think im just putting it on. Why oh why can this problem not be more understood? The guilt i feel when im having an attack is almost worse than the ibs. Does anyone out there feel this way? Do you find a lack of understanding among those who are lucky enough not to suffer from it? Im not feeling sorry for myself, im just at a loss as to how to get others to see it for what it is, very disabling! If i dont make this wedding? due to an attack i cant imagine what id say! Ok, rant over. Any input/ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Nanabud
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