I'm 19 years old and IBS has affected my life so much. I hardly ever went to any friends houses or had any friends up to mine. School was a huge problem for me, especially middle school and high school. My IBS started when I was very young and started getting very bad in 4th or 5th grade. I tried to be homeschooled in high school it got so bad but the doctor wouldn't sign the forms. I had a colonoscopy when I was 4 or 5 to make sure there was nothing wrong with me. Then I had a bad flareup in high school and had another one but there was nothing wrong and the doctor said it was just IBS-D. I went to the doctor constantly through high school to try to find something, anything, to help my symptoms. The doctors put me on everything they could that wasn't addicting or very dangerous. Everything from a pill you take before you eat to coat your stomach to a nerve medicine. None of these helped me to any degree. I've also been diagnosed as lactose intolerant but due to my intense love for chocolate milk lol, I had a big glass every now and then, and when I did, sometimes my IBS didn't seem to bother me as bad, well none really. But then sometimes the milk would cause diarrhea because of the lactose intolerance so really it was a lose lose situation. But I never had thought about calcium having anything to do with my stomach problems. Neither had the doctors apparently, but I started taking two calcium vitamins a day and for over a month now my IBS-D has improved dramatically! I'm now staying with my boyfriend and his parents a lot and his parents bedroom is right beside the bathrooms and I was always so embarrassed to have to go to the bathroom but since taking the calcium, all of the embarrassing bathroom noises are gone! But when I miss just two vitamins I begin to have problems again. I just hope this method continues to work for me and I wanted to share with EVERYONE who hasn't tried this. Best of luck to everyone with this problem!