hi every one ! we are all suffering from the misery of ibs ..we konw that ..but did any one face the situation when you tell people that you have ibs and they give you that look as if they don't believe you ??
for example , if i miss a party or a social event coz i had a bad flare up of sudden diarrhea attack that left me bed ridden the rest of the day ..so when i see them next time or they text asking about me ..my real excuse is that i had a bad ibs attack ..they sound as if they don't believe me thinking i make things up to escape the event !! or they say like ( me too i had a stomach upset and diarrhea in the morning ..took 2 pills of imodiun and buscopan ..felt much better and managed to make it ..don't you take imodium ??
I think society ( may be my society mainly ) underestimate the real agony and struggle of ibs , they don't feel that it is a real disease that can be highly debilitating ( they are like you don't have cancer or chemo therapy to keep you away missing social events !!)
it is really frustrating Not to be taken seriously because they just have little or NO knowledge about how IBS can be debilitating, to differentiate between a one time diarrhea trip for normal people that can ease simply by a pill and the ibs type flare up or ATTACK that can end in real exhaustion and fatigue leaving us bed ridden!!
This can lead to misunderstanding from your love ones , relatives or friends.
I know a girl who got divorced coz her husband couldn't put up with her flare ups 😔.
personally my GI Specialist told me No you don't have diarrhea coz your blood test results are good!! Now how can I convince him that I really suffer from it ??!
sorry for the lengthy post , but I feel that this disease or disorder as doctors like to call it need to be more recognised and understood by the majority.. by running awareness campaigns on social media for example, or in television during the commercial advertisement Break or even doing a Hollywood movie about it as they did with (Still Alice) Oscar winner movie about Alzheimer's disease , The Aviator movie about OCD , beautiful mind movie about Schizophrenia..and the list goes on.
Enduring the illness symptoms is an every day battle by itself , now we have to struggle with the social consequences and convincing ( to the point of begging ) the medical community from GPS to GI specialists that we are really really sick of being sick 😳😳😳