I found this site last night when I finally decided that I need to try to figure out what is wrong with me and did some searching. I've been trying to avoid the doctor because I hate the idea of being poked and prodded in the rear. When I first saw the commercials for Zelnorm, I thought that is me but never asked about it for that very reason. Here are some of my symptoms, what do you think? Ever since I can remember I have had problems going to the bathroom. But it is getting much worse lately. I am constipated most of the time but get really bad diarrhea too. I go for days without going, sometimes I take a laxative because I get so bloated, gassy and feel like I am full of poop but they usually make me very sick before I go - terrible cramps then diarrhea. Of course then that results in a sore behind that I can hardly touch to clean. I have discovered that baby wipes help a lot with that problem. I have really bad gas most of the time. Loud stinky gas, it is just terrible so embarrassing especially at work when I have to try to hide it. My husband gets mad at me because I fart so much but, I can't help it I sure can't hold them in. Believe me I am not impressed with it either. I mean they are really explosive at times. I get sick to the stomach often, feel like vomiting but don't, more bad gas, heartburn and sometimes dizziness- this usually ends with me running to the bathroom with the diarrhea. Some times I wake up in the middle of the night so sick - horrible stomach pains, gas and sweating. After about an hour or so of suffering, I have to run to the bathroom. I feel like I might pass out or die, terrible diarrhea and pain. Some times I just lay on the bathroom floor because I feel so bad I don't think I can make it back to bed. These night time attacks are the worse. I have a lot of what I'd call brain fog, kind of a spacey feeling hard to concentrate.When I do go lately I have been having a terrible time getting clean. I wipe really good then a little later I will start to itch and I go back and check - there is more there! Where the heck did that come from? I was sure I was clean! Also, I feel like there is more there than what comes out at times. Or I have the urge to keep trying to go even though nothing else wants to come out.I've never discussed any of this with anyone and here I am telling a bunch of strangers about my pooping problems. But, I've been reading the posts here and you seem like you know where I am coming from. I'd give anything to be able to go normally. Is there any help out there that is not a prescription drug? Still trying to avoid that dr. if at all possible. Are there foods that you avoid or that seem to help?