If IBS was a person, they would be the most disrespectful person I know. No one wants to be associated with a vile person who lacks respect and decency. But, unfortunately, having IBS is like being in the presence of your arch-nemesis all day, and no matter how much you try to ignore them, they always find a way to remind you that they’re there and ready to mess up your day.
IBS can be so disrespectful
Sometimes, I picture IBS as a person with a remote that controls when and how bad I physically feel and will even overuse it during the most stressful and inconvenient times. When I’m stressed, they dial up the pain level. When I’m calm, they decide randomly to hit the urgency button. How terrible would that person be if they were real? In this article, I’m going to talk about different ways how IBS can be so disrespectful in my life in hopes that others can relate.
Different ways that IBS can be disrespectful
- Wakes me up before my alarm clock… EVERY MORNING! Imagine someone standing over you with a blow-horn and blasts you with it when you’re sound asleep. Yeah… that’s IBS.
- Many times, IBS makes me late to anything I may have to attend. Seemingly on purpose because there are times I run to the toilet and nothing happens. The cycle never seems to stop because I keep feeling an urge to have a bowel movement even though nothing happens every time
- IBS rudely interrupts me when I’m trying to have a conversation with friends by either jabbing me in the stomach, making loud gurgling sounds or urging me to run to a nearby bathroom
- Even worse, IBS interrupts me when I’m trying to be intimate with my wife and can make the experience only semi-pleasurable, if not at all
- IBS constantly distracts me when trying to be productive because it doesn’t want to see me succeed in life
- I constantly feel pressured by IBS to stay home and be antisocial, which is disrespectful because it doesn’t want me to be around the comfort and care of others
- IBS reminds me of all the things I’ve missed out on and will miss out on, due to the flare-ups brought on by anxiety
- Finally, IBS eats away at my self-esteem by preventing me from exercising and eating healthy balanced meals the way I want
IBS does not quit
The number of ways that IBS has and will continue to disrespect me seems endless. In fact, I’ve called this condition a downright bully on several occasions. If the situation involves some form of anxiety or stress, then IBS will most certainly activate its most horrible symptoms and at the most inconvenient time. How messed up is that?
It’s like a very annoying coworker who purposely sabotages your attempt to complete a challenging task at work, especially knowing that the task must be completed before the end of the day. Trying to manage IBS under stressful circumstances daily can be very difficult, to say the least. For me, it’s been one of my biggest struggles over the past decade.
Can any of you reading relate to the disrespect from IBS that I’m talking about here in my article? Do you feel that if IBS was a person, he or she would be the most disrespectful person you know? If so, please feel free to share it with us in the comment section below! Thank you for taking the time to read my article and I look forward to your responses!
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