Hi all!I've noticed that a few people on the board who have IBS also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Well, that's me. The anxiety I can handle, but I had major panic attacks a couple of years ago. It was horrible. I felt like I was losing my mind. Doc had me on Xanax for that. That helped. I have finally learned how to handle these attacks and anxiety while NOT on medication, which I like. But having anxiety in the first place makes me feel a total hypochondriac. I mean, every little ailment and I'm conviced it's something terrible....cancer, or whatever. Of course, every time it turns out be nothing major at all. I absolutely hate being like that, but...I am who I amBefore I was diagnosed with IBS, I was convinced I had colon cancer or something. Is IBS and anxiety combination a common thing? If so, is it the anxiety that causes the IBS or is it the IBS that causes the anxiety? Or maybe this is the "chicken and the egg" universal question?