Hi - sorry if this looks like an essay - I've just included absolutely everything I feel is relevant,I'm 19 this weekend and have had diagnosed ibs (didn't say which type- my best guess is A) for almost 6 months now and it's becoming an unbearable problem. Prior to university I went to a public school on the immediate outskirts of the city centre where I was in many of the schools sports teams and a leading figure in one of its largest extra curricular activities (the cadets). My group of friends lived all across the city and without thought I would find myself venturing miles out to go clubbing, play or use the gym at the rugby club, and spend hours in parks or on the golf course.Since moving to university over 100 miles away I've gone through many considerable lifestyle changes. I've been in catered accommodation where the food has been "substandard" although I never would expect the university doctor to admit that. Also I've spent most of my time in my room (a city centre apartment block) with little to do. I had a job as an RAF(VR) where I played rugby on a Sunday and attended a training night once a week, and joined the university rugby club - although strayed from that because I wanted to play rugby, not pick up an £80 drunk and disorderly fine.Approximately 8 weeks before Christmas I sprained my elbow and came down with a heavy cold. This was when I stared getting midweek bouts of D and recovering over the weekend. Convinced by my mum to see the doctor a week later I had given "samples", over Christmas I had a colonoscopy and at Easter I had a barium meal. Of all these tests the only substantial information was that I had a 15 minute passage of time for my digestive tract and Loperamide should help this. There is no real discernible result and I've been getting steadily worse ever since.I've been back at home a week and have stopped taking Loperamide to see if a healthy meal can help. (I'm keeping a food diary). I'm slowly becoming more regular but when I go to the toilet I get the sense of not having passed completely. "Like ribbons" is the medical simile I've found. Also I suffer incredible anxiety from simple things like picking up a prescription from the town centre or exams (I had to ask to leave a 2 hour business exam). I'm also unable to make the half hour journey to the gym or do anything on a definite basis.With so much contradictory information on the internet and such an incredible variety of treatments - how do I tell which is right? I've lost my job and all the effort I put into physical training - 1stone is a lot to lose when you only weigh 10 and still can't understand how i can just go from 18-21 hour days in military training to struggling my way though a 7 hour day. Are there any suggestions you have that might help?Thanks.