Posted 6/14/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -7)
I know that there is no known "cause" of IBS, and I realize that stress is a factor but not the reason for IBS...but something I've always wondered about, is if certain jobs set people up for IBS.
I'm not necessarily talking about a highly stressful job, heck we all have or have had jobs, and work can be stressful from time to time no matter how great your job is.
But I was thinking about the types of jobs I've had in life, and many required me to notify someone if I had to go to the bathroom; jobs like receptionist, bank teller and front desk manager. From the time I was about 18 until I was about 35, I had jobs like this where I had to get someone to "cover for me" if I needed to go. Well, I can remember, even before my IBS developed "fully" that it was very stressful to do this. I would feel badly about bugging someone to cover me, sometimes it would be someone who was mean about it ("okay, HEAVY SIGH, I'll be right there"), not to mention I am in the toilet thinking "hurry up" or "how many times have I gone today" or the like..I've also had jobs where the entrance to the toilet was very public and so everyone could see when you went in there.
It just makes me wonder how many people have jobs like this where it's a big deal if you have to go to the bathroom (and be in there for more than 2 mins,) and if this is a contributing factor to IBS.
Just wonder what you all think about this, maybe I'm just nuts :P