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so sick of people asking if I've tried a probiotic cuz it worked for them...

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#1 sofrustratedwithibs


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Posted 01 June 2019 - 11:37 PM


And then when I say yes, it didn't work for me they go on about how it worked for them.  That's great...but it really didn't for me. And then they try to play doctor and come up with random solutions...Why is so hard for people to just accept that if doctors and researchers don't have the solution, then I am frustrated.  It doesn't mean they are going to magically think of something that no one else has...Like I've been dealing with this for yeaaaars getting probed and prescribed every test and medication out there but sure go ahead and try solve it in 2 minutes without ay medical training, research, or clue whatsoever about what you're talking about. I just need to be believed and for people to show a little empathy...but I don't know how to communicate that without coming off rude.

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 11:54 AM



I have IBS-C and whenever I tell people they usually tell me to try eating more fiber. Then I tell them for about 85% of us with IBS-C more fiber makes matters worse, not better. I usually end up telling them, "Unless you're an expert on gut flora and the intestines? You're probably not going to help me."

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 02:52 AM

Ouch. I've never experienced this about IBS before but for a different situation. Sorry you had to go through people telling you all sorts of things. It's one thing to share their experiences but unless they know your medical history and everything you've tried before, they really don't have to go out of their way and play doctor. In similar situations I just find myself telling them: "I appreciate your concern but that did not work for me. I'd rather you just empathize with me, thank you." Something along those lines.


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