This is my first time on the board. i have been reading this board for months now, wondering if I should type how I feel about ibs and its dealings. I 'm 23 years old and i have been suffering with this since i was 12. I am so EXHAUSTED from not only the symptoms but my social life as well. See, i mainly suffer from extreme episodes of gas. It is very hard dealing with this problem and still having a social life. I am on my own so I have to work and pay the bills. Also i am in college seeking a degree in nursing. Everytime i leave my apartment i feel like i am going to die. I have gas at least every 5 minutes. I can go days without eating and still suffer from it. My mother and doctor thought maybe it could be "nerves". I do not know what to think. I am tired because of all the worring i do. I worry if people won't like because of my gas and don't won't me around. Also having this problem makes you more aware and observant. Often i do not know i am gasing because i can not 'smell' it. Does this make since? Ihave become so paranoid and depressed. I am just tired of dealing with this. My mother supports me to a degree. It's like i find myself not wanting over stay my welcome when i visit her or anyone else because i don't want to make them throw up!!! I feel so horrible about myself. I have a boyfriend. He is very supportive but i still can nto imagine someone loving me so much that they overlook my problem. I guess i can go on for hours, but i will spare you any more depressing details. I guess all I am asking from anyone out there , is to let me know i am not alone. I feel like i am the only one suffering with gas constantly. I feel like hollering to all who talk behind my back "I am human and I have feelings". Feedback appreciated.