This is why I don't even tell people I have IBS-like symptoms and issues. But I used to. I went that route for a few years. Why? I guess because I wanted someone to understand and someone to say - there, there, I understand. But eventually I came to this conclusion: most people with iron clad stomaches and normal colons, will never understand. And I used to get so upset with these people until one day I realized I could have very well been ONE of them. Prior to my troubles and colon resection, I could eat anything and everything and poop once a day. If someone had told me they had D and spent hours in the bathroom everyday I would have probably said - can't you take a pill for that? As if it's so easy to fix. Sure.
So jt, what I did was come at my IBS from a completely different angle. I just decided to heck with the rest of the world, I am the one struggling with it, what can I do to ease my symptoms and take care of things. As you know, I've posted what works for me, bla bla bla, won't bore you with it but I truly did not manage as well as I do now until I looked at this crazy situation I find myself in (for life by the way) from an outsider's perspective.
I know I'm getting off track and you've already told this man you have IBS. Since the cat is out of the bag, let him talk, it'll all quiet down soon. Hold your head high, smile, say hello to people. Smile on the outside, cringe on the inside. And avoid this man (other than to say hello). No more chit chat with him! (of course now I'm sounding like a mother aren't I? so sorry......lol).
You hang in there, this too shall pass. Trust me on this.
But shame on that man.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion daily