What It's Like To Have IBD And IBS
Start writing a post

6 Things People With So-Called 'Bathroom Diseases' Want You To Know, Even If It's TMI

Get over it, it's not gross.

6 Things People With So-Called 'Bathroom Diseases' Want You To Know, Even If It's TMI

IBDs and IBS are all too common in the United States. About 1.6 million Americans, to be exact. Despite that large number, there are still so many common misconceptions out there that need to be debunked.

So, let's get to it:

1. It's All Too Common. 

As mentioned above, about 1.6 million Americans have some form of an IBD, that is, an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, like Chrons or Ulcerative Colitis... IBS has, even more, up to 45 million people in America alone, or around 10% percent of the world's population. Most people who have these disorders are female. Chances are you probably know someone with one of these conditions, and if you don't, they've just chosen not to talk to you about it which leads me to our next item...

2. Stop Telling Us It's Gross. 

We all have bodies. And they all do... the thing. Ours is just having a harder time functioning and for a lot of us this is something that affects our day to day, even our minute to minute life, and so we want to share with our friends. I get it if you don't want to hear it, but just don't be rude, alright?

3. Not "Just A Stomach-Ache." 

Don't write us off as just having a bathroom disease. Don't write us off as just having a stomach ache. This is nowhere near the same thing as having a crampy and bloated tummy after eating too much at Thanksgiving. These can affect the whole body, giving people fevers and horrific fatigue. It is not even possible for us to describe how we feel to you.

4. It's Chronic, It's Not Going Away. 

When are you going to get better? How come you feel sick today? You felt fine yesterday. These bowel diseases are chronic, meaning that they do not go away. In the case of chrons, it can often even change the tissues of the gastrointestinal track requiring surgery. For this reason, we can be fine one day and lying in our beds in a coma the next day.

5. "You Don't Look Sick." 

No duh. From the minute we're diagnosed, we learn very quickly that no one really wants to talk to us about our pain and our problems, not really. So we learn to fake it till we make it. As a result, often times people with any sort of chronic pain disorder, not just an IBD or IBS, are really good at pretending that we're perfectly fine when we feel like we've gotten hit by a semi-truck over a thousand times. Just because I don't look sick doesn't mean I'm fine.

6. Are You My Doctor?

No? Then stop telling me what to do. Stop telling me that I need more fiber in my diet. Stop telling me that I should do yoga, or whatever the most recent internet trend is. Every single person with an IBD or IBS is completely different, and therefore we all need different things. We know what our bodies can or cannot handle, even when it sometimes shifts from one day to the next. I understand that you care, but perhaps see if there's something you can do for us instead.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments