So I will laugh at myself. I was thinking of you all last night!
Yesterday I had a poopy day. Don't know if other people have this kind of day, but everytime I went to pee yesterday, I had a little poop. Never needed to go to the bathroom to specifically have a poop, but while I'm here (and in that position), I think I will have one. They were all formed, so it's not diarrhea.
Of course, I have a bile problem, so these constant little poops come with the constant little irritation from excess bile in the poop.
So on my way home, I stop at the grocery store and I'm walking all around. After walking around enough, it comes to my attention that my poor bumhole, which has been subjected to the acid wash all day, is irritatated.
Any of you with hemmroids (which I also have--internal--so it may have been them more than the hole) know where this is going. I get an itch. The more I walk, the more I itch. Of course, there's no way you can scratch THAT in a store (especially one with signs about having closed-circuit security cameras)!
When I get into the car, the itch goes away (good, because it's hard to scratch in my little car!). But when I get home and start carrying the groceries in, I can finally scratch and scratch and scratch in peace! But I was just thinking at the store, only the people on the IBS board will know what it's like to need to scratch your bumhole in public!
Speaking of things that put me in mind of you all, The Vermont Country Store has two products that could be helpful for people with IBS. One is a special sort of footstool that you use when you are on the toilet. This puts you in a position more akin to squatting, which is supposed to be easier on your bowels. I have seen other people make this comment--squatting is good--and have even seen other people recommend some sort of stool to put your feet up on when you are on the toilet, so this isn't just one product trying to sell you something. It's made to fit up against the toilet, out of the way when you use it, which is it's main benefit over a cheap plastic stool you could get from the Dollar Tree (it's also slanted, so a slanted surface may be better than a flat one). This would be best for people with constipation.
The second product is a hand-held bidet. You just attach it to the pipe where water comes into the toilet (no plumber necessary, so long as you know how to cut your own water off before installing!) and it has a little handle on it sort of like they have for seltzer in a bar. Just push a button and get a stream of water to wash your bum with. This is best for people who have D and get irritated by toilet paper.