I think you may be right goddess. Because stress can exasberate the symptoms, being in a situation where its not easy just to walk away to go to the restroom can add to it. I used to work in a customer environment where you needed to be covered if you walked away. It was worse when I became a manager, because its not as easy to be covered. Once I went corporate, things have been much better. And it has eased the symptoms much more.
I have had IBS since I was a teenager but even if it wasn't a job, I was at school and I think the pressure for a teenager to try and hide the problem is worse. Only a few of my closest friends knew, I ended up telling my teachers too so I could get a "free pass" to just walk out if I needed to rush to the bathroom. I think it all boils down to the stressors of life and although not all that are stressed deal with IBS, it makes it so much worse for those that do.
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Dx: IBS 1989, Diverticulosis 2004, Idiopathic Acute Colitis 2006, UCTD 2007
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