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How Do People Manage A Relationship When You Feel Like Crap Most Of The Time

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Look I'm not in a relationship atm but sometimes I feel it would be lovely to find someone just to hold me a say everything will be ok. The sad thing is I'm not sure I could give much back atm. How do you go on when you don't feel great a lot of the time. I don't want to live a lie and pretend everything is ok, I do this enough at work and in front of my friends. Any advice would be appreciated

posted November 17, 2017
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A myIBSteam Member

Iā€™m so glad I found this site as I thought I was the only person that felt like this. Iā€™m lucky I have a wonderful caring husband but I feel I hold him back. I would love to be able to eat out more but I get terrible toilet anxiety and as soon as I get anxious my ibs gets worse and so the cycle continues šŸ™„

posted October 22, 2018
A myIBSteam Member

My wife has been very understanding...we don't do much anyways.
If I have a flare up and something is going on...she goes without
I have been very good this last year now being able to not have issues... stopped drinking milk...drink lactose free milk. Stayed away from garlic and onions...learned this combination is bad for people with IBS or any intestinal issues.
People look up garlic and onions and ibs !!!

posted May 27, 2018
A myIBSteam Member

I hate that I have to discuss the fact that my bowels can control me. People feel if you take a pill it will solve your problem. My husband is very understanding and supports me 100 percent. But most people cannot grasp how much it effects our lives.

posted February 12, 2019
A myIBSteam Member

Yes, getting worked up or anxious about something will bring it on. like getting stuck in traffic or everyone wanting to go out to eat for birthdays or special occasions....I dread that...I usually dont eat anything (soup or small appetizer) as soon as my thought process says "I hope I dont have to go to the bathroom" it happens in the next 10 min....

posted January 22, 2019
A myIBSteam Member

Hi Joanne, CBT does help a lot with the anxiety because you will be able to identify you triggers better

posted October 28, 2018

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