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Old 04-25-2002, 06:07 PM   #1
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How do you explain?

As you may have guessed by my name, I am very very frustrated. I am new to this syndrome, but I do not if I have it or not, Over the past year I have had all kinds of tests. I am so afraid of going out because I am afraid of having a stomach problem. How do you explain it to other people. I get the distinct feeling that I am not believed?

 
Old 04-26-2002, 01:46 AM   #2
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Re: How do you explain?

Hi,

Are you taking any meds to help your stomach?

If the meds you take help you, then you should not worry about having to go out. If you are worried though, just make sure you go out somewhere that is in easy reach of a toilet in case you have problems.

It also depends on how good your friends are as to how much you tell them. You could always says that you have an upset stomach instead and are a little worried about going out.

Good luck

Sarah

 
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Old 04-26-2002, 12:07 PM   #3
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Re: How do you explain?

Thank you very much for your reply. The reason is that I have been to several restaurants and I have to go through a series of questions to ensure that i do not get sick. Usually if I am with company they either get a blank look or are really great about it.
But there is usually a air of disbelief, oh noone couild be sick from this or that especially when there is potluck at work. I am usually confined to vegetables and punch.

Thanks

 
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