20 Things People With IBS Want You to Know

Chances are you know someone with IBS, whether you’re aware of it or not. Here are 20 things people with this common (but rarely talked-about) disorder want you to know about living with IBS:

1. Yes, we know Irritable Bowel Syndrome is an unfortunate name.

No, we did not choose the name. Most of us would rather just call it IBS.

We know that people automatically think of “number two” when they hear the word “bowel,” so we choose not to put that image in their mind. We don’t feel like dealing with the snickers at the word “bowel” — plus IBS is just easier to say.\

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2. We don’t want to discuss our bowel habits with you.

Please don’t ask. I don’t care if your mom had an issue with diarrhea that you learned some valuable lessons from, or you know a remedy that will help me if I haven’t gone to the bathroom in a few days.

Please, for all that is good in the world, don’t ask me about my bowel habits.

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3. No, we’re not making up our stomachaches.

Seriously, ask our doctor! They’re unpredictable and extremely inconvenient.

But, more than that, they’re not just the typical stomachaches you sometimes get after eating too much food or eating something that doesn’t agree with your stomach. These stomachaches come with crippling pain, dull aches, and an uncomfortable feeling of bloatedness. They’re serious business.

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