I have been batteling a problem with my bowels for the past 4 or 5 months. Unlike some of this board, I know how I got the problem. Basically I have a lot of gas. I is a general feeling of discomfort and then sharp stabbling pains in my lower abdomen at times--especially in the morning hours. In the evening it seems to get weaker, but never completely goes away. My stool is firm but a lot softer than normal. When I pass gas it is very loud and sometimes I have to force it out. My stomach makes all kinds of churning nad gargaling noises--especially in the morning. Another symptom is that there are frequent sensations that I suddenly need to go--it's like I'm having a diarrhea attack. But, I really don't have to go. It's just that feeling. Anyway, I got this disease from a prostitute. I "dated" the same girl about 3 years ago, and I got very similar symptoms, but that time they went away after a few days. For some foolish reason I "dated" this girl again a few times recently, and now they symptoms did not go away. I don't mean to be rude or graphic, but for the sake of clarification I did not have anal intercourse with this girl. It was either contacted oral or vaginal. So, my point is, this disorder is some kind of bug. I don't discount that some people may attribute their problem to something other than a bacteria or virus. That could very well be, but in my case I know it was a bacteria or virus type issue. I haven't sought a cure yet. I don't much believe in doctors. I haven't worked in over a year either due to it being difficult to find a job now. I wonder what kind of job I can get that I would be able to deal with this problem. I thought about driving a truck, but I'm not sure. Another strange thing about my problem is that when I pass gas, the gas has no odor, but it comes out very strong and loud. Anyone else with symptoms similar to mine? Thanks for listening. BTW, my handle "Endzone" refers to a football field End Zone. I used to post on a lot of sports forums.