For the past few years, I've been dealing with what I think is IBS but my mom and my boyfriend are really pushing for me to go to the doctor and rule out any other possibilities. I am petrified of what they are going to do to me there. I remember a few years back I went to a doctor for headache problems, and three hours later, I walked out of the hospital diagnosed with a heart murmur which mysteriously disapeared a month later at a check up appointment. Freaking doctors...So what can I expect when I go? And should I see my general doctor before going to a specialist or just call and get a referral?