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How to hold down a job with IBS??
      #370459 - 10/15/13 09:48 AM

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My daughter (still in college) has been diagnosed with IBS for years and has good days and bad. However, as she gets closer to graduation, I'm beyond anxious about how she'll ever hold down a job with her issues/symptoms. How have others fared with this? I'd appreciate any hope you can give me.

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Re: How to hold down a job with IBS?? new
      #370722 - 12/14/13 08:59 PM

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What are the nature of your daughter's symptoms? Is she IBS-D or IBS-C? Does she have frequent attacks where she HAS to get to a bathroom right away?

What were the recommended treatments for her? How are these working for her? Does her current diet minimize her symptoms?

Is she on the FODMAP diet? What foods and beverages can she tolerate well with no or very few symptoms?

I would recommend that your daughter carefully assess her symptoms and if she needs to, she should postpone even starting a job until she has her symptoms well under control.

A huge congrats on her finishing college and I wish her ALL the BEST!

I am very surprised no one ever replied to you before I didl

Take care and try to answer these questions when you can.

Originally diagnosed with IBS-C in Spring, 2008. During spring to fall of 2008, had at least 10 acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs. IBS went into remission. IBS returned in late July 2013 after taking 2 oral contrasts for a CT scan for cancer follow up. Had more acupuncture with different practitioner in summer 2014, but received little benefit.

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      #370957 - 03/04/14 09:04 AM

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Thanks for the reply. My daughter has IBS both
Mostly, tho, she has IBS pain. Food she can have that doesn't cause an attack is basically plain rice with slivers of protein (chicken, salmon, tofu, some lean beef). She has a long list of things that trigger attacks(particularly fruits and veggies, dairy, seeds/nuts--the usual IBS triggers). She's also on a gluten free diet which seems to help. She takes a probiotic every day and of course, has her acacia fiber twice a day.

Like many people with IBS, we can go for a week or so without any attacks at all and then out of the blue (with no discernable trigger food. Maybe it's anxiety?) she'll have a whopper. When that happens, she takes her meds (valium with gabapentin which stops even a full blown attack for her) but then she's out for the next 8 hours or so.
I'm very afraid that she's not going to be able to work. it's one thing to work around a class schedule, another thing entirely to work 8 hours a day every day and not lose your job because of IBS. I guess I just don't want to face the possibility of her not being able to support herself, of not having a "normal" life. Sorry to be so maudlin. This disorder is just breaking my heart for her.

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      #371352 - 08/15/14 01:02 PM

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Don't know if you are still out there but I am experiencing a similar issue. I am actually stuck at the job I am doing because it IS IBS friendly. Thank goodness for that, I know, but it means that I cannot leave. Anyway, an issue for her to consider also is any commute she may have. Each day I have an hour drive one way with most of it on a highway (read no bathrooms). It is VERY stressful. So, that is something...try to find employment with an easy commute. Also, find a position that is not dependent on her being right there all the time. I had to give up umpiring my local Little League because you just can't stop a game so you can go potty! I am an office manager. I can get up and go potty whenever I need to and the bathroom is in the building (of course) unlike positions outside (driving, field work, etc). Think of all of the jobs that require you, for various reasons, to stay put unless you get someone to relieve you. Avoid those.

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