IBS gets me bullied at School
by Michael (Aged 12)
I was told I had IBS by my doctor last year. He gave me some medicine (Imodium) and said that there wasn't a lot more he could do.
My mum did some research on the internet and tried me on all sorts of diets where I have to cut out different foods like bread and sugary things and dairy products but none of it seems to be helping.
All the time I have had this IBS It has been causing me to get bullied at school. Some of the other kids make fun of me because I have to go the bathroom often; they think I'm weird and abnormal. Sometimes I have to leave during a lesson which is the worst, it feels like a walk of shame as I leave the classroom. Whenever that happens I know I will be getting grief after the lesson and more fun poked at me. I try to hold on until the lessons are over but it’s not always possible and I panic sometimes. One time I had a real near-miss and nearly never made it to the bathroom in time. Luckily I did make it, but if I hadn't made it, I would have died of embarrassment.
It is really frustrating, and it's starting to get me down now. I'm only 12, but I'm finding it harder and harder to hang out with my friends and just do normal stuff. When we do go out, I worry all the time about being near a bathroom.
We have a school trip coming up soon and I'm really worried about it. It involves being on a coach for three hours.
I wish this wasn't happening to me, but it is. All I can do is keep trying new and different things to try to lessen it. I'm glad I found this website; it's helped a lot with ideas on what I can try.
I just wanted to write this in case there are any other kids like me out there going through the same. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone.