Yes I know those comments too. It generally goes something like this...
them: So eh I heard you were in hosptial, what did the docs find then?
me: I have ulcerative colitis
them: what's that?
me: it's IBD
them: (eyes light up) oh yes I have that, YOU JUST NEED to eat lots of fibre and fruit.
me: well it's not IBS, it's...
them: I know what it is, my gran's friend's neighbour's nephew's girlfriend's mother's brother's flatmate's dog has it too. I know ALL about
it.......and then before you know it they're into a long (long) story about
their sufferings with IBS....
me: (just shoot me now)...seems that having UC renders you stupid and opinionless when speaking to an expert on the subject of IBS!!!! (I'm rolling my eyes now)
I got a text while in hospital after telling someone who was inquiring about
what I had. 'Great' came the reply...'and totally curable!!!' YOU JUST NEED to eat lots of fruit and fibre' Half the time I don't bother explaining, it's always the same...It's ONLY IBS, sure we all have a touch of that.
My advice.....YOU JUST have to ignore them. It can be hard because while I don't want to be telling everyone the extent of the disease I feel that sometimes I have to defend my suffering so that it's not minimized to IBS...I wish it was IBS...not that that is necessarily a nice thing either...don't want to minimize that for the IBS sufferers. But it's worse than IBS and i hate it when people say things that make it sound like I've a pimple on my arse and making a big deal out of it.
Phew...I feel better now thanks!!!
40 year old female. Ireland.
Diagnosed Left sided UC in June 08.
Asacolon 2400mg per day
Also taking Calcium, Acidophilis, Zinc, Vit C, Vit B complex, Omega 3 and Evening Primrose
I'm on my own little planet..but that's okay they know me there.