As someone with irritable bowel syndrome, I am so grateful to finally be settled in a long-term relationship with somebody who knows all about my problems. Being in the handful of other, mini relationships I had before was a nightmare. Spending regular time with someone, sleeping at someone else’s home, and having meals with someone when you don’t want to tell them about your IBS because you do want to appear graceful and perfect is a challenge to say the least. I don’t miss those days at all. But when you have irritable bowel syndrome, dating is just a bit harder. Your own routine is very important to managing symptoms, but when you throw a new person into the mix, you’re suddenly mixing and matching routines. It throws things off. Here are realities anyone with IBS in a new relationship understands.
Lying about going to the gym
You pretend to go to the gym, but you actually just go use the bathroom at the gym. You can’t really find another natural way to just disappear for 45 minutes to an hour, which is about how much time you need to be on the toilet.