I remember the day my IBS symptoms started... was the end of my first year of bible college, right after I started dating the wonderful man that is now my fiance. It started with severe constipation with a lot of pain that last a day or two then turned to D with pain. I have suffered off and on with IBS ever since. At times I would spend every evening alternating between a fetal position and sitting on the toilet. The IBS attacks come on so suddenly. There have been times when I have been with my fiance and I am shaking, sweating, hot/cold, hurting so bad... and he has been wonderful enough to sit by me, stroke my head and try to hold a hot water bottle on my lower back... unsure how much it helps but it makes him feel like he's helping.I have lost probably about 10 lbs since this all started less than 2 years ago. I have not been above 120lbs since then. I have gone through periods where I am afraid to eat anything. Now I eat little bits here and there, rarely do I eat a full meal. I am progressively cutting out all dairy products... started with cutting out cheese, ice cream, and drinking milk, now I am cutting it all out all together as I am still have IBS attacks. I am trying to cut out fatty foods but that is tough as I live in a college dorm and HAVE to eat the cafeteria food... for some reason EVERYTHING is deep fried. At times I am so depressed. I have had to miss work, and walk out of classes due to IBS.I have a few questions like... will I have to deal with this for the rest of my life?How can I learn how to control it?I went to a few doctors and it seems that their consensus is that I have IBS. They basically said to try cutting out caffiene, eat some fibre, and cut out milk. Beyond that they have offered very little info. I think that they don't know much about it maybe. I was tested for a ton of things in the earlier days... seems I have spent a lot of time in the hospital for testing in the last 2 years.www.IBSvillage.com has helped me recently understand IBS more.Again my main questions are... is this for life? and how do I control it?