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Wondering how many of you are able to hold down a job with IBS-D. I believe I have the worst type of job to be dealing with mine. Has anyone out there been refused bathroom privileges at a public business because you don’t make a purchase first? Also need to know how to go about getting a medical emergency bathroom privilege card. I can only find these available for Crohn’s and Colitis. Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated.

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  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    5 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out Chalupa12. I hope others in our community chime in to share their personal experiences with you. In addition to speaking with your doctor, these articles may be helpful to you: Also, this article on the restroom access card: Your best bet for getting a card is to check with your doctor’s office as they may offer cards to patients or have more information on obtaining them. Hope those help! Wishing you some relief ahead. Best, Kelly, Team Member

  • JohnnyNW
    5 months ago

    Well, I had it for 5 years – and I have the luxury of leaving the lab whenever I want (bathroom only 20 feet away). I tried everything for a cure – FODMAP, Fiber, walking miles a day, massive amounts of water…to name a few. Try peppermint oil, I’ve been eating 6 pieces of Ice Chips Candy Xylitol with Peppermint (yeah, long name) – been able to eat anything for over 10+ days and no IBS-D what-so-ever. I wrote a post about it, but it’s currently under review.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, @chalupa12. While we wait for others to chime in, I thought I’d share this article with some tips for dealing with IBS at work: If you haven’t already, you could speak with your doctor about finding a bathroom card. Hopefully, she/he will know of something specific to IBS. Take care! – Chris, Team

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