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So I'm in the middle of a really bad IBS flare at the moment. Over the last 5 weeks it's gone from cramping and loose stools to exteme cramps that cause me to be doubled over in pain every time I eat followed by urgent runs to the toilet for severe diarrhoea. I'm always in the loo within 30-45 mins of eating anything- even plain crackers or toast.
I'm pretty good at force feeding myself (hence why i never loose weight from my ibs) but it's getting to the point now where I don't want to eat because of the pain. I never skip meals but yesterday I hardly ate, then had eggs on toast for dinner and bam- straight through me.
I'm pretty lucky at work at the moment as I've been doing some office work so can run off to the loo with no problem, but that's stopping soon and I need to go back to treating patients and you're not allowed to just run off whenever you like! My only option appears to be don't eat all day, but I'm on my feet a lot and I have low blood pressure, so not eating greatly increases the risk of me passing out, which I don't want either.
I've never talked to anyone about my IBS but it crossed my mind to go to my manager but it's so embarrassing and most people don't understand. I've been told IBS is 'just a tummy ache ' before!
Has anyone talked to their work about their ibs?
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