Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is not only painful and discomforting, it’s embarrassing at times and is linked to anxiety and stress that may be a part of one’s everyday functioning.
An irritable bowel syndrome psychosocial aspect certainly includes the embarrassment suffered and fear of going out into public.
There is nothing wrong with being embarrassed about your IBS. Almost everybody has experienced a period of embarrassment about something. Getting over the embarrassment of IBS is what you need to work on.
By understanding what the symptoms you suffer from are, and gaining control over them, it may help alleviate your embarrassment and fear of going out in public.
During the lengthy diagnosis process for IBS, the adult patient normally needs to continue working while their doctor is investigating their symptoms. At this point, the patient should arrange for a way to record, even at work, the important symptoms that need to be reported to the physician.
It is important to realize that IBS is that it is not just a disorder of the digestive system. It is directly linked to nerves from the brain to your stomach and intestinal tract. Because of this, it is important to understand that things such as trauma, stress, anxiety and tension may be causing your digestive system to dysfunction.
Are you having problems at work? With life home life, your spouse, kids? Or have been through a traumatic emergency recently? This stress is what may be causing your digestive system to react.
Another important fact to consider is the feelings that you may get from the symptoms, embarrassment, and fear of being in public, etc. IBS is not discussed much among friends and there are no extensive resources available, those with IBS may often feel that they are alone with their symptoms.
They may then either choose to ignore the problem or isolate themselves when dealing with the symptoms and flares. There are several ways to treat this psychological aspect.
One of the places to look for IBS support groups is online. Do a search for “IBS forums” or “IBS support groups”. You’ll find a number or groups and fellow suffers there to support others who have IBS and are trying to treat the problem. By becoming part these communities, you will be able to remain anonymous help and information you need, as well as help others who are going through the same experience. Chat rooms are unique because you can get help at any time of the day from a variety of people.
Additionally you may be able to find a support group in your area where others with the same problem can meet with you. You can ask your local doctor or physician if there are support groups for IBS that you can become a part of.
Often, just having someone to meet in person will help you to deal with the symptoms easily. By sharing these problems, it may help to relieve some of the stresses associated with this disorder and help you find new ways to prevent and treat the problem, both physically and mentally.