Can anyone out there please tell me how to deal with people who just don't understand the impact ibs has on our ability to function normally? It is not exactly a topic people want to discuss in depth. I feel sick with one symtom or another every single day. I am frequently unable to keep plans. I am scared to death to go to restaurants. And it is so hard to watch people be able to enjoy food. I went on a date and played with my food and pretended to eat. Can't exactly tell somone on a first date about your ibs!!! Only thing worse is having an attack with your date there--talk about first impression!! I am afraid to miss too much work. My boss doesn't understand ibs. I feel like I live in constant fear with every bite I take-everyday. When I get an attack I am weak for days from electrolyte loss and have to stay in bed. I can't eat anyhing for several days following. It is like having a stomach virus. And people just don't understand. And my friends and family and coworkers are just plain sick of me talking about it. I feel very alone. Any advice on how to talk to people? Also anyone else experience the symtoms I described?