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I am 46 years old & had suffered for many years with cramps, spasms, pain, mucus, bleeding, bloating etc...however my GP insisted this was IBS with a 'just get on with it' attitude. 6 years ago, I collapsed in the street with a really bad flare & was admitted to hospital for 3 weeks. I was finally diagnosed with UC. Great! Now I can be treated and all will be ok. Not so simple is it. I can deal with the pain (just about), and the contant dashes to the toilet, however I just cannot cope any longer with the smell that I emit. It is so embarrasing and degrading. I have a good job which I really love, but feel like everyone in the office is sniggering at me. I have to hold meetings and try to book a meeting room with as many open windows as possible just to have some clean air flowing. I want to continue working, but feel like giving my job up and hiding at home. Least I won't have to suffer the humiliation of knowing I am the smelly one. I really, really cannot cope any more and spend so many hours crying. My husband says he understands, but how can he. .
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