Hi All,I am new to this site. My name is Nicole, I am 33 years old and have been suffering with IBS-D since I was about 19. My IBS comes in waves usually. I can go months episode free and then months where I have episodes weekly. I thought I was "cured" of my IBS when I got pregnant with my son - I actually suffered extreme constipation towards the end of my pregnancy - which I never in a million years thought I would experience. I found myself taking Metamucil 3x a day. Well that all came to a screeching halt. I had an episode on Thanksgiving - I blamed it on eating too much. Then the episodes started. And when I say "episode" - my IBS starts of as VERY BAD PAIN in my lower abdomen, and it feels like it comes in waves until I can move my bowels. I will feel relief until the next wave of cramps come. Each subsequent wave causes more diarrhea until finally it is done. Usually an episode will last about an hour for me. The pain is so intense I get tears in my eyes. Two weeks ago I had the flu. On the third day of being sick I got very bad diarrhea - I actually went to the ER. They gave me Immodium and sent me home. Since then I have had nothing but loose stools. The past two nights I have been awaken by IBS cramps and diarrhea. I don't have to tell you that it sucks. I haven't even been eating anything crazy - I have been sticking to "safe" foods like grilled chicken, rice, toast, etc. My GI dr did a stool culture, which came back negative. I had a colonoscopy 3 years ago. I had an abdominal ultrasound about 2 weeks ago. All tests came back fine. My personal life has suffered b/c of this condition. There are some times I am playing with my son and I have to stop immediately b/c I have to run to the bathroom. Whenever I am in public I make sure I know where every bathroom is just in case. Bottom line is I am frustrated. I have tried eating organic yogurt - which I thought maybe might have helped me. My cousin recommended taking caltrate but I am skeptical. So here I am on this forum looking for band aids to this problem. I say band aid b/c I know unfortunately there is no cure for it. They say stress aggravates it. I am a VERY nervous person. I don't know if that plays into it. So I thank you for taking the time to read this extremely long post and I am open to suggestions.