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Should I tell someone at work that I have irritable bowel syndrome?

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It may help to talk with a trusted and sympathetic co-worker or boss about your IBS. Be honest with your supervisor as well; let her know you have IBS without giving too many personal details. This may mean explaining IBS and its symptoms.

It's also important to let your manager know that while you don't always have control over IBS symptoms, you are a dedicated worker and will deal with the situation accordingly. Let them know that symptoms may force you to leave a meeting or go to the bathroom often, but that you'll be able to do your job after the pain and discomfort subsides.

If your supervisor isn't sympathetic, you may want to ask your doctor to write a note explaining that IBS is a real illness, and that certain symptoms may occur.

SOURCES: Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group. Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group in Summit, N.J. Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." web site: "Irritable bowel syndrome in a community: symptom subgroups, risk factors, and health care utilization." Hulisz D. 2004; 10 (4): pp 299-309  




American Journal of EpidemiologyJ Manag Care Pharm, .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES: Jeffrey Roberts, president and founder, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Self Help and Support Group. Lynn Jacks, founder, IBS support group in Summit, N.J. Medscape: "Diagnosis, Pathophysiology, and Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome." web site: "Irritable bowel syndrome in a community: symptom subgroups, risk factors, and health care utilization." Hulisz D. 2004; 10 (4): pp 299-309  




American Journal of EpidemiologyJ Manag Care Pharm, .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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