I have suffered from IBS for over 20 years. During that time I have consulted several doctors but have so far been unable to find a solution to this problem. Often I will be constipated and sometimes I have diarrhea. I have tried mebiverine but it didn't seem to have any effect. I often take colpermin which helps slightly. However, by far the worst symptom is the excessive gas I have to handle every day. The doctor advised to limit things like beans and vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli from my diet. However, if I cut out fibre contained in fruit and vegetables I become even more constipated and that makes me produce more gas. If I eat more fibre and vegetables that gives me diarrhea and makes me produce gas - so I can't win either way. I have noticed recently that the gas problem seems to be getting worse. I seem to have no control over it - without warning I will notice a smell then be really embarrased when I realise it is in fact me! Sometimes it will just come out when I am on public transport or in the office. I know my colleagues have noticed it (as I work in an open plan office) and some made comments that were very unsympathetic and quite nasty. The problem with gas usually gets worse throughout the day. By the afternoon I am often just so bloated. Because of this excessive gas usually I only eat my breakfast and then eat nothing until my evening meal when I get home at 8pm. Sometimes I am feeling faint and exhausted from lack of food but I cannot take the risk of eating during the day because that will make the problem even worse - there would be no way I could function in an open plan office where I cannot keep rushing to the toilet.Apart from IBS I have no other health problems. I am slim and keep myself fit through regular exercise. I think one good thing about IBS is that in fact it has made exercise more important in my life than it would have been if I had not had IBS as I know that exercise helps to relax me. However, the gas is so socially embarrasing! I am now in my 40s and single. I haven't had a partner for years. I still hope that one day I will have a partner but I am worried about explaining this problem and if they will be sympathetic or not. I have kept my problem secret from everyone but my close family. Occasionally I have mentioned IBS briefly to friends to test their reaction and they do not seem sympathetic so I don't own up to having the problem. I really want to make the most of my life but despite trying to keep positive I feel that this holds me back in many ways. For example, I cannot holiday with friends because I cannot share a room because of this problem as I am worried they will notice it - so I have turned down holidays. I cannot stay over night at a friend's house for the same reason - so I have declined lots of social invitations. If I go out for a meal I cannot relax as I am worried about the effect of the food on my body. I still force my self to go out socially but it is hard to relax even though I love meeting people as I am aware that they may notice my problem.If anyone can offer any advice I would really appreciate it.