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Colleague's STOMACH!

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StomachRumblingsDriveMeMad Wed 05-Aug-15 15:14:38

I am sat here, a mere 6 or so feet away from my colleague and all I hear ALL DAY LONG is their stomach rumbling and gurgling!

Said colleague is for want of a more pleasant word, large, but eats less than I do. Yet all I hear all day is the rumblings and gurglings of their stomach and it makes me feel sick! I actually shudder when I hear it sadshock

AIBU to feel this reaction?!

MamaLazarou Wed 05-Aug-15 15:15:58

Well, they can't really help it, can they? Wear earphones.

Goshthatsspicy Wed 05-Aug-15 15:16:34

Maybe she needs to go to the toilet.
I know someone who puts off going to the loo, their stomach does that.

StillStayingClassySanDiego Wed 05-Aug-15 15:17:20

Well if you're fed up I would imagine that person is more than fed up and embarrassed.

I imagine your reaction is making them uncomfortable as well.

WorraLiberty Wed 05-Aug-15 15:17:26

No-one can be unreasonable to feel any reaction surely?

It must be annoying but there's nothing you can do.

Unless could suggest having a radio on or something?

RubyRedfortSecretAgent Wed 05-Aug-15 15:18:29

Look for another job.

SinglePringle Wed 05-Aug-15 15:19:00

Yes. Mine can behave similarly because I can suffer from IBS (and I am 5.8, 10 stone and a size 10, so weight has nothing to do with it hmm).

I know someone with ulcerative colitis who also has a growling gut and there is nothing she can do about it. It causes her a huge amount of embarrassment and not inconsiderable pain.


PHANTOMnamechanger Wed 05-Aug-15 15:19:27

have you got supersensitive ears or something? because in the normal course of events I wouldn't hear someone elses guts rumbling , unless I was hugging them or in bed or something.

maybe there is a medical issue, like IBS, coeilac etc, and maybe she is embarrassed about it too.

don't be so mean.

PHANTOMnamechanger Wed 05-Aug-15 15:22:15

Said colleague is for want of a more pleasant word, large

^this is not very nice. Its as if you have decided the noise is down to her size, and she is therefore at fault rather than deserving of any understanding

StomachRumblingsDriveMeMad Wed 05-Aug-15 15:22:59

I do feel mean having this reaction but I've heard it constantly for the last few weeks. The sound is making me feel nauseus! So OTT I know sad It must be embarrassing for colleague but argh! We have a radio on and I can still hear it. Earphones not a possibility as is looking for another job!

Never heard of a growling gut Single I will look that up.

No, not sensitive ears... This is quite loud. I am part deaf in one ear. So can imagine it IS quite loud to those with full hearing!

SinglePringle Wed 05-Aug-15 15:25:26

She has ulcerative colitis which makes her gut 'growl', rather than that being a condition in itself.

SirChenjin Wed 05-Aug-15 15:25:42

You literally shudder?

I don't know if YABU, but you need to get to a GP for a spot of CBT or similar to help you overcome your OTT reaction to something that is perfectly normal.

MargotLovedTom Wed 05-Aug-15 15:26:22

I presume you mention their size and how much they eat as you think their stomach is rumbling because they're hungry.

Really, what can you do? You're just going to have to put up with it.

StomachRumblingsDriveMeMad Wed 05-Aug-15 15:29:37

SirChenjin Didnt used to bother me but when it became a soundtrack to my day, it just makes me feel sick!

I dont know why I mention their size - not "their - so I am not denoting male or female. I am worried, concerned, i dont know, in that they are larger and yet eat hardly anything. Yet every conversation is about food? If they are hungry, just eat!

SirChenjin Wed 05-Aug-15 15:31:29

Presumably they are concerned about their weight and have decided that massively limiting their calorie intake is the way to do it.

Why can't you wear headphones because you are looking for another job? confused

chickenfuckingpox Wed 05-Aug-15 15:31:29

yanbu some noises just crawl right up my arse

they need to drink more make them a coffee and ask them how they feel about having a radio in the office?

StomachRumblingsDriveMeMad Wed 05-Aug-15 15:33:16

SirChenjin... Because I work in an office. Not going to leave my job because of this lmao!

Its like some people hate the sound of someone slurping a drink, or nails down a blackboard.... The sound of a rumbling tummy just makes me feel sick.

WizardOfToss Wed 05-Aug-15 15:33:19

If it really bothers you this much, you need to ask yourself why. There's nothing you can do about it, after all. grumps off wondering how adults get through life when trivia upsets them this much

FenellaFellorick Wed 05-Aug-15 15:34:03

Perhaps they feel self conscious.
I am fat and feel like I don't have the right to eat.
I avoid eating in front of people. I feel ashamed to.
Like people dont know i eat!!! grin theres no sense to it! It's all very complicated.
Perhaps they feel like that?

SirChenjin Wed 05-Aug-15 15:36:35

I work in an office too - I wear headphones and listen to the radio via my PC. If you've already got the radio on then presumably it's not an office with lots of people calling in by phone or in person? Or you could wear an ear plug in your good ear, but you'll still have residual sound in the other?

Or as I said - a spot of CBT.

StomachRumblingsDriveMeMad Wed 05-Aug-15 15:36:44

Wizardoftoss You're telling me that someone slurping a drink or constantly sniffing rather than blowing their nose wouldnt annoy the hell out of you after 2/3 weeks?!

Perhaps. They know they can eat in frotn of me. Im always nibbling something or other. And drink GALLONS of tea (always offering them one too which they usually decline) Fenenlla

WizardOfToss Wed 05-Aug-15 15:39:51

Doubt I'd notice it, tbh. Do you have a sensory disorder, do you think?

Theycallmemellowjello Wed 05-Aug-15 15:41:33

Can you move desks? Can you put earplugs in? I don't think it U to be distracted by the sound, no one can help this, but you cannot raise it with the colleague I'm afraid.

StomachRumblingsDriveMeMad Wed 05-Aug-15 15:44:33

I know I cant raise it with the colleague, nor anyone else for that matter and I feel like a turd for feeling like this but ARGH!

No Wizard Its just a noise that grates on me.

SirChenjin Wed 05-Aug-15 15:46:59

So - could you wear an sponge earplug in your good ear? That would block out most of the noise but you'd still have the residual hearing in your 'bad' ear in case you needed to hear the fire alarm, phone, etc.

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