Hi.... I have had IBS since I was about ten years old... Now I am twelve. It is NOT fun thing to have. I have like spazz attacks everytime I have REALLY bad tummy aches or diarrhea. I had (and may still have) "Functional Stool Retention" where I was contstapted all the time, and now I have IBS. I feel so alone and different then anyone else. When people say their stomache hurts I think "Well, it definitly isn't as bad as what I go through!" That sounds rude, I know...... but I feel like no one knows what I go through... except for other people with IBS may.I need to learn how except the pain when I feel terrible and now FREAK OUT. I also need to learn how to not feel so alone. Maybe there is an organization out there that has pen-pals, where people with IBS write to eachother! Ha!It's hard for me since I am still pretty young, and I will most likely have all this pain when I am older. But the good new is: as I get older there will be more medicines and ways to help IBS.I know millions of people have IBS, and some of them may just know what I am going through.You can e-mail if you have questions or comments.