I have been in this not so merry-go-round or Dr. appointments for years. And really I am sick of it. Like most of you all I have been to a g.i. that said well maybe we should look at the other end, then drink this, do that, then said well you are depressed and stressed and quit eating chocolate. Well really after so may years I have just figured out what to eat and drink, and what not to. Some times I really lose control when I am to busy of just forgetfull/lazy enough to not make that bowl of fruit and have some salad that I can still flair up and when that happens my low back just hurts like no other. Is this common to anyone? I just went to the dr. and did lots of internet searching myself and have found that the nerves in you colon/bowles and the nerves in your brain are one in the same and that effexor and venlafazine has been working with great results. I know an anti-depress sounds like a stress thing but the more digging I do the more this seems worth a try. Any comments/questions just looking for some one else out there that may relate. It seems not only like constipation but finally when I do catch up with proper eating then I will get rid of everything, then actually be empty and then my insides really seem like they start to eat themselves and the pain is almost as bad as being backed up. I really want to figure this out not for me but my son is 12 and he has been having bowel issues as well but was always to embarrased to admit it until I started to talk about it more openly and he, after watching him for a few months, is following right in dads footsteps.