Do you go all the places you used to go, all the new places you'd like to go? Do you have enough friends? What kinds of reactions do you get from people in general, people next to you, and friends and family? Do you try to hide your problem, if you consider it to be a real problem? When you're in a public place, do you sit there hoping nothing happens/nobody notices? Or are you able to just be cool about it, since it's not hurting anyone? As for me (I've just in the last few months developed a lot of gas, sometimes very unpleasant-smelling. I had this a couple of times long in the past--IBS--but it's been so long that I thought I'd never have it again. Oh well.). Anyway , I don't go to public places nearly as much, especially when I'm in "stormy" spell. I never had a lot of friends or spent a lot of time around them, but I enjoy it when I can be together with the ones I do have. I've been talking to them only on the phone lately. They don't know about the gas, but I'd like to tell them and be able to be around them again--except that I can't quite bring myself to do it.