I have IBS-A (both). My illness seemed to start right after I had complicated gall-bladder surgery in March 2007. I never had any abdominal problems before I had my emergency gall-bladder removed, didn't even know my gall-bladder was acting up. I was out of the hospital within 20 hours of my surgery. The pain was horrible, even worse than having my previous 4 C-sections (all I used for pain-relief was extra strength Tylenol because I was too scared to use anything else). The pain was so intense that I could barely breathe, let alone move but I did go to my doctor and the hospital. I was told not to worry because the pain would eventually subside. My 3rd visit to the emergency room, in 2 weeks, proved that I had gall-stones stuck in my bile duct and my liver was completely infected with an absess on it. I had surgery AGAIN and a stint was inserted in April (removed in August). I was released from the hospital after a few days and sent home with buscopan, morphine and antibiotics. MY LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME......I lost track of the numerous times I went to the hospital or saw my doctor....I had severe pain, nausea, constipation, bloating and ocassional vomitting. I was told far too many times to eat healthy, fibre, and drink plenty of water. In the beginning, my illness would only act up every few weeks with different symptoms, on different days. I was rushed into the hospital by ambulance (August or September 07) because the pain was horrible. I had various tests done that ruled out anything and everything and was FINALLY diagnosed with IBS. I felt better, mentally and emotionally, knowing that I had a specific illness because I was doubting myself and thought that I was going insane, but I still had a life because my symptoms would act up occassionally......In MARCH 2009, I was treated for H-pylori (sorry about the spelling) and my IBS got progressively worse. I was having numerous symptoms frequently throughout the week, and that is when the diarrhea kicked in with urgency. I found it harder to manage or cope with my hectic schedule, and family (6 kids active kids over the age of 11). I would wake up at 330am and go until 930pm, I am a professional city bus driver. I tried my best to manage my IBS by changing my eating habits, and various drugs. Nothing seemed to work, so by June it got the best of me. I had a schedualed appointment with a GI specialist, however it is not until June 2010. I was stressed out because my IBS affected me virtually every day so I was unreliable and tied to my bathroom. I finally came out of denial in September and no longer work, it has lessened my stress level, a bit. I was, and am, afraid to eat anything and go anywhere because I never know what my body is going to do. I have never found any food triggers and I still switch between C and D, having more problems with the C so I just let the D run it's course. I return to THIS WEB SITE daily, hoping I can find a solution. The good news is my persistance has paid off, I have an appointment with a GI Specialist on February 4,2010........ I have to travel for 8-9 hours, to a different province, inorder to see the GI Specialist. I want to be prepared for my appointment because it is so far away, so I WONDERING what should I have with me? What kind of questions should I ask him? What should I tell him? I am sorry for being so long winded but I just wanted to share an accurate discription of my illness. I am excited and nervous about my trip to see the specialist. Thank You, Carol.