After 3 days of on/off acute pain in the lower right quadrant of my abdomen, I finally drove myself to the ER of my local hospital. Doctors said I had a classic case of appendicitis. I told them I had a slight problem with that diagnosis...I had my appendix removed in 1984 along with my gallbladder.(which probably would have been their next diagnosis!!) After every imaginable test, everything showed up negative. My surgeon decided to do an exploratory laparoscopy because he could see that I was indeed in extreme pain and SOMETHING had to be causing it. After being in the ER for 10 hours, I underwent surgery at 7PM Saturday night. 2 hours later I was in the recovery room with the doctor telling me he found a massive amount of adhesions from my previous surgeries and one particularly large band of it was surrounding and constricting a section of my lower bowel. He removed that band and about 80% of the rest that he could reach without opening me up. He has a feeling that this could be the reason for my IBS that I've had since shortly after my surgery in 1984! I've been home now for two days and have had no pain except for the surgical discomfort. No D, no C, no gas!!! I may be getting a little ahead of myself but I'm praying that my personal battle with IBS is done! I'll let you all know in a week or so when I go back to have the staples removed and have a checkup.