HiI am so glad to have found this site as at last I can feel that I am not alone in the suffering IBS can cause.I never had any problems at all until I was pregnant with my second child and following this, the problem seems to have got worse.The worst part of this is that I feel I cannot control how I feel or what I look like no matter how I try and the more stressed I become about this, the worst it gets. I have been to the doctor time and time again and they have done blood tests, scans and can only say yes you have IBS. When I ask for advice in food they seem to scratch their heads and dip into the medicine list. Heck, have I tried them all! One time, to my horror, I walked out with a carrier bag full and that cant be good. I would recommend not going down this route as when you look at the small print on the tablets you see that they are for depression (how can this be the same condition?) are for short term use only and as they can be addictive, you need to be weaned off them slowly. As a working mother of two, please tell me how becoming a tablet junkie can help with the quality of my life?.This leads me to a general plea, why cant food testing be available via the NHS and or using a dietician to help to ensure that an exclusion diet should work and that this still contains the necessary vitamins, minerals needed. Fasting or skipping meals doesnt help and just adds to the bloating problems.Just not feeling alone or having someone to help is so important with a condition like this and constructive help is vital.