I've had IBS for over a year now and only just starting to come to terms with it and getting over the shock and embarrassment which I still feel when I get a bad stomach. As a result of my IBS I always check for the nearest bathroom wherever I go just in case and take all precautions I can to make sure I don't "go" in public.
Recently, I have found that my parents made fun of me for my so called "paranoia" about bathrooms as my mum's only toilet got blocked and I got my dad to fix it as I didn't want to wait till morning just in case as my stomach was particularly uneasy that day. Once they had sorted it I left the room to grab a drink and heard them joking about all my new "paranoias" like travelling long distance in cars and buses or trying to find a toilet or listening to music to keep my mind occupied.
This seriously hurt my feelings to know that my parents would say that about me and have made me question if I am actually paranoid or if it is something that all people with IBS have.
I would really appreciate your input as I don't know anyone with this condition so it is hard to find anyone who can relate.