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How does IBS affect people at work?  Patient.info

Balancing work with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can pose great challenges, particularly as IBS is often linked to anxiety and stress. IBS symptoms can take a real toll on a person's physical and mental well-being, especially when they might require accommodations but feel too embarrassed to confide in colleagues or employers who don't understand.

The IBS Network reports that around 10-20% of the UK population is currently living with IBS and Britain's businesses lose almost £3 billion every year through sick days related to gut health.

The debilitating effects of IBS frequently cause those struggling to take days off, arrive to work late or finish early.

In some cases, if IBS limits someone's ability to complete their daily activities, they can be classed as disabled under the Equality Act 2010.

While employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate their employees at work, these alterations aren't always enough for people with IBS. Even if changes are made, severe symptoms of IBS can still be difficult to manage when someone feels humiliated by needing to use the toilet or their stress levels are high.

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