This is just a small starter sampling of all the advice (most unasked for) I have received over the years. I have found that many people get angry (I think, with me) when they learn there is nothing “the doctor can give me”. They are also unhappy with the diagnosis of IBS (as am I). They want something more definitive and formidable-sounding, and still ask me, “So, did they ever find out what was really wrong with you?”. I also get a lot of “I hope you feel better tomorrow”, which is sweet, but treats a chronic situation as if it’s a cold. I suppose a better way to say it would be to wish a better day tomorrow. I know, it’s semantics, but it does mean something. There’s a certain impatience out there that I’m not better, and I do believe that leads to the “it’s all in my head” theory. I don’t think people respond that way to diabetics or other, more serious-sounding chronic diseases. Since no one knows much of anything about this functional disease, all of the advice is trial and error anyway. We actually have to be our own Dr’s. Of course, that doesn’t stop those giving the advice from being absolutely sure of themselves, some even fanatically so.