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Life With Bile Acid Diarrhoea
Working with BAD is another significant challenge for sufferers to manage. Prior to diagnosis many of us have had a tough experience managing our BAD symptoms in the work place. These range from feeling embarrassed and humiliated, being off sick a significant amount of time or having to stop working, change job or hours to accommodate our symptoms. Sadly a small minority have been socially excluded in the work place because of their symptoms and/or victimised and bullied by colleagues or their employers. Since diagnosis many of us have found a significant improvement in our ability to work although some do find that they do require some adaptions to their working hours and practices.
When you go back into work after a diagnosis and you are starting to feel better it can still be very daunting for some. Now the brain fog has lifted, you are feeling less tired and you are beginning to feel more emotions once again; you may find that you feel even more embarrassed by the symptoms you had, more aware of how bad you felt when you were at work prior to your diagnosis, worried about how much you let your colleagues or employers down by not working at the top of your game or angry about how someone has been with you previously when you were unwell. It is normal to have all these feelings and emotions along with still feeling anxious and worried that the medication may not work or a "flare up" could occur. Having lived with such debilitating and humiliating symptoms it will take time to gain your confidence in the medication and build your self-
Helping your employer (and if appropriate your colleagues) understand your condition is really important for both you and them. Some of us found we could talk openly about our condition whereas others found it hard to talk about it so gave employers written information they had devised themselves or information from the websites. Sharing information about BAD has had a positive impact for many of us. However, we are aware that a minority of people have not had such a positive response. If you find you are having problems with your employer then it is important to be aware that BAD is now recognised as a disability under the Equality Act and employers have a duty to consider reasonable adjustment in the workplace. For further information and and overview check out the Disability Rights section of the UK Government’s website.