I'm sure this topic has to be somewhere else on these boards. I'm a college instructor coping with IBS. There have been many times when I had an attack during class. I usually made up some silly excuse about having to use the restroom because "I drank too much soda" before class. My students must think I'm suffering from incontinence! I'm tired of lying and making up stupid excuses, but I don't want to be honest either! Most of the time I don't have diarrhea but painful gas that I simply cannot "sneak" out. I need to leave the room FAST or make a complete idiot of myself, if you know what I mean.Also, there have been many times when I simply cancelled class for fear of having an attack in class or while driving to work (I can feel the cramping begin before I even leave, and all hell breaks loose once I'm in the car!). I usually miss about 2 or 3 class sessions a quarter because of this. Even though it doesn't affect the flow of the course, many students complain about the missed days and the higher-ups have also taken notice. I have told my division chair of my affliction, but I don't believe he's taking me seriously. I'm sure that I'm safe since I'm tenured and have over three months of sick leave built up, but I still feel terrible every time I pick up the phone to call in sick. I just knowthat I'll catch flak for it! Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one suffering from this. Can anyone offer any words of comfort or advice??