To Fellow IBS'ers. With the sheer debilitating and embarrassing nature of IBS. And lets face it, very misunderstood ilness and symptoms. Living a normal life is virtually impossible. Keepinf a job, travelling, making people understand. Doing simple things like going to the cinema, being in a quiet place, going out, being in an alien environment, where there is no acess to get away, a loo. Being with unfamiliar people. Basically doing the simple simple things normal people take for granted is impossible. i know there are some pretty 'normal' things i havent done for years due to IBS and fear of what could happen and how id feel. Eg going to the pictures etc.
People, Docs underestimate the affect it has on ones normal life, social life. And many IBS sufferers do consign themselves to the house and room more and more and more. I know i have to many a time. Asking tho how do Fellow sufferers cope with normal life eg work? having a relationship? other half? etc.
Years ago i used to be really socially active, girlfriends etc etc. Now i cannot see how on earth i could possibly hold down a relationship or find someone who could take on board and empathise a partner having this. Unless i come across an angel
Society these days is so hung up on people being 'perfect', vanity, being 'invincible' and conforming to what society has become. Well for IBS'ers i feel we ve become or are on the fringes of society.
How do others cope? relationships? work? or like me, are many ibs sufferers single and suffer alone feeling i we dont belong and never will.
Would love to hear peoples thoughts/experiences