Hi! I am new to the forum, but not new to IBS. I have suffered with IBS, mostly constipation dominant, for 35 years. I go through brief periods of what some might call remission. In 2006, severe IBS cost me my job because I was missing so much work. I would have painful bowel movements that would keep me doubled up with pain for hours. I have had fainting spells during painful bowel movements that would make me weak for hours. I recently went through a long period (6 months) where I was on a regimen of laxatives and prune juice which helped but my bowels were never normal. I then started having diarrhea and nothing I took stopped it. I have had to start wearing protective under garments because I was having bowel movements during the night and I did not wake up. I decided to lay off of the laxatives and prune juice and within one week I was constipated again. I was having spasms and pain which required me to take my medication prescribed for pain and spasms. This syndrome never goes away. I have been to the hospital ER several times for fecal impaction and the thought of when this might happen again, scares me to death. I am hoping to find others who go through the same thing.