Re: Life consuming or not....
Yes, I feel the same way. My life has to work around IBS - my mind is constantly occupied with what-ifs: specifically "what if it changed and I can no longer handle things the way I currently do" or "what if things are being changed without my current knowledge, but I find out later the hard way". I'm also always having to deal with the question "How do I get this down to zero and keep it that way, without getting caught?"
On the other hand: I have no washroom worries. Phew!