Ok, I've been reading for probably 3 hours now about IBS, and I've come to the conclusion that I am probably a sufferer. I meet many of the symptoms. I have had HORRIBLE lower abdomen pains and D since age 13. They used to be horrible when I first got it, then it went away for the longest time (I was in a relationship that made me extremely happy and I was in the best shape of my life) I am now 18, and have put on a good bit of weight in the past couple of years. I recently graduated High School and participated in a college options program as a senior. I had a tough year adapting to the difficulty level of college calculus and I have been more stressed than usual in this new situation. I have recently in the past month or so experienced a fairly regular occurance of the symptoms again, and tonite after another attack, I was compelled to do something about it. Seeing that I've experienced a good 5 year period of virtual remission (with VERY few incidents) I believe that if this is my problem, then I am fortunate to have a mild case. Having read many of your stories, I sympathize, and I am inspired by your ability to take this syndrome head-on! Basically, I am just wondering everyone's opinion on my case. Do you feel I have IBS? And if I do, it is definitely D. Please advise guys! I need some help here!