Working in an office environment with IBS/D

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Sal25UK
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   Posted 3/13/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, so i just wanted to see how other people cope with work and IBS.

I'm 30 years old, female and have been working in an office for a few years now but find it a constant struggle.

I started with IBS when i was pregnant when i was 19 and also ended up with food intolerances at the same time, i think it was brought on by hormone changes and lifestyle changes. I kept a food diary and now cut out all diary (apart from mild chedder as this doesn't contain lastose), wheat, orange and peppers. I have tried all sorts of drugs from my doc including anti-depressents, anti-spasmodics, loperamide and the only thing which i have started taking recently that gives me some slight relief is codiene phosphate which i just take when i need them not all the time as i don't think they are the safest drug to take everyday! I also take pro biotics daily otherwise i cant digest anything very well.

I am also trying the IBS hynotheripy program 100 and am half way though but it doesn't seem to have helped much so far but i figure i will carry on for the full 100 days as its worth a try!

Anyway i spent 4 years dragging myself through university and sitting through exams with chronic D/panick attacks/anxiety which i swear nearly killed me.... to get a degree in computer science to find that sitting in an office for 8 hours a day is practically impossible! Ok so we have toilets at work but when you go 10 times a day you get people asking 'whats wrong' and how do you explain that you have IBS and need to go to the loo 10 times a day because you are so nervous! 'Normal' people just don't get it do they? And meetings oh my god there is nothing worse for me....sitting there in a meeting spending my whole time saying to myself in my mind 'calm down'...please don't need the loo....then that makes me need to go!

So i'm at a loss what to do now really....i either need to look for a job which is more suited to my situation and get paid peanuts....or carry on struggling....i don't want to do either.

Anyway has anyone got any tips/advice on jobs that are more suited to people with IBS or is someone else in/have been in a similar situation to me? Sometimes i think i'm completely alone in this world but i hope i'm not :)

Sal

tewcute
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   Posted 3/16/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I am a crohns patient but thought i had IBS for 8 years so I understand this anxiety. The best advise is to not worry and let it stress you out. I found that when I stressed over situations that was when the big D would kick in. I told a few people at work about my condition so they would understand when I had to get up and leave. Everyone was very supportive. Luckily I was able to go to work from home in my current position and it has been a godsend. When the crohns reall started kicking in I was able to not have to take days off work because I could look cruddy and be miserable in my pjs while on meetings. i dpn't know what your work constrictions are but You may want to check with your boss or HR to see if you have an option to work at home. Most compnaies do this now because it does promote less calling out sick.

puffed rice
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   Posted 3/19/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have ulcerative colitis, so I know exactly how you feel everytime you get up to go to the bathroom.  I asked my doctor for a perscription for LOMOTIL 2.5mg and I only need to take one after my many bm's in the morning and I don't have to run to the toilet for the rest of the day.  Its a life saver for me plus it relaxes the intestines so you don't have that knot in your stomache.   Metamucil is also important to take, it bulks up the stool and absorbs the water in the colon.       I usually take it before bed just in case it makes me gassy.
Daily exercise has helped me also I try to do 1hr a day, it calms the mind and the gut.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1995
Salofalk Tablets  2pills -3xday
 cortifoam nightly when needed
hycort enemas nightly when flaring/vitamin E enemas
Bio-K Probiotic (evening) + Renew Life - ultimate flora critical care probiotic (morning)
metamucil nightly
cut out all wheat and flour


Lioness2001
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 3/21/2010 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Puffed Rice, do you find that cutting out wheat and flour has helped a great deal?

IBSBUMMER
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   Posted 3/23/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, you sound just like me. I quit my job to take another higher paying job and ended up going there 3 days!!! They had 1 bathroom for 25 women and I couldn't do it! I was so afraid that I would have an accident while someone else was in there. I ended up leaving there and going back to my old job...thankfully they took me back and I was/am the only woman in my office. I lost the increase in pay but I got back my sanity!

I have been prescribed every drug out there and nothing worked. Until last week when a new Dr prescriped a powder called Cholestyramine. You mix it with water or juice and drink it. I have not had any Diarrhea since last Thursday!!! I usually go anywhere from once up to 10 times a day. Since I started taking this prescription I have gone once a day maybe twice a day but it is a normal formed BM. I haven't had that happen for over 18 years!!!!

Good Luck,

Sheryl

puffed rice
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 495
   Posted 3/23/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sal25UK,  I do find a major improvement in my health, BM"S, and energy when I cut out the wheat and flour products.  These are the things that I usually crave and when I start to eat too much of these products the BM's increase and eventually I start to flare. 
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 1995
Salofalk Tablets  2pills -3xday
 cortifoam nightly when needed
hycort enemas nightly when flaring/vitamin E enemas
Bio-K Probiotic (evening) + Renew Life - ultimate flora critical care probiotic (morning)
metamucil nightly
cut out all wheat and flour


arneeb
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 2350
   Posted 3/23/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just lurker... usually post over at Hepatitis ... but when I deal with this issue... I drink Jello... and this is a home remedy... along with those that have already been talked about ... and maybe that's not a good for you but it has worked.. when I do through this..
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