Hello Everyone,I suffered for a long time before this finally got some recognition. I thought I would share this info with you due to the fact many Doctors are just now starting recognize it.I had my Gall bladder removed about 4 yrs ago, 24 hrs after the surgery, I tried to eat a small sandwich. I don't think I was 2 bites into it when I got ran to the bathroom with extreme abdominal pain. I didn't think too much about it until the next time I went to eat, then Boom here we go again. My life was never the same after that. One month after my surgery, I ended up in the E.R. from losing 15 lbs and being totally dehydrated from not eating. The Dr. that performed the surgery was a great Dr., but he prescribed a powder called Cholesterine and I had to mix it with water and drink it up to 2 times a day, this was not a cure all and did not help very much. I was working 65 hrs a week and everytime I would even think about eating a meal at work I ended up in the bathroom reeling in pain. At home I would cook for my family or order food out and sit and watch them eat. People almost didn't even seem concerned about this, and just looked at me like I was weird or had a disorder. I would mention to the Dr's that it happened right after my Gall Bladder was removed and that had to be a link, they would just blow me off.Forget about going out to eat or eating at parties, I missed out on a lot! Finally, about 2 years ago a Dr. finally mentioned IBS to me and prescibed a anti-spasmodic called Bentyl. It works well, but I almost ended up with my head on the table. Aftermuch experimentation with nutrtion and studying several articles on latest findings I have learned a lot that may help other sufferers. I'm now learning of several people who have had their Gall Bladders removed and are now being diagnosed with IBS, and people are not putting 2+2 together. Some of this info may be applied to people who have not had the surgery as some principles apply and should look into it.1. Your Gall Bladder releases a bile that breaks up certain fats in your food, this is needed for proper digestion of food, w/out it, all those fats are going right to your intestines never broken down. (Then you go right to the bathroom)2. After your intestines and stomach have gone through this abuse over and over again, you destroy the natural good bacteria that is vital to your digestive system and the bad bacteria sets up camp causing the bloating, the pain and bouts of the runs and bouts of not going at all. 3. In the end, your poor nervous system has been put through the mill, (because pain causes stress!) you now end up so tied up in knots that even being a little anxious turns into an erruption.SO, what do you do? Get your digestive system back in order first! No saturated fats! Stay away from the chemicals (pesticides, additives, artificial flavoring etc..) No red meats! If you have to eat meat, eat Tuna, Salmon or Chicken cooked very well, and please wash all your meats properly before cooking very important! Your trying to evict evil bacteria. Water, Water and more Water! Filtered only not from the tap! Cleanse that body out, no sugar and lay off the dairy for a while, both of them cause inflammation in the body. Drink Green tea instead of coffee or cut back on the caffeine, it makes it worse trust me! Stay away from the fiber drinks, they make IBS bloating worse. Drink pure un-sweetened cranberry juice mixed with filtered water, tastes pretty bad but this works miracles in washing years of garbage out of your body. Do not skip meals! We all know what not eating for hrs then stuffing our faces does for IBS!Small healthy meals up to 5 times a day if possible and get the good veggies out and eat!!!!!!, replacing the good bacteria in our stomachs will come from plant life and its the Phytonutrients we need most. This works wonders and its not just putting a temporary band-aid on the problem this will help get you back in shape and may even cure some people of the problem. Remember, that they say their is no cure, but Professionals are discovering these things that are helping, I learned all this from a few brave Dr's that bothered to look a little further than writing prescriptions.Hope it helps! Good luck all!