Hi,I'm new to this forum - which I'm so pleased I found! Seems a little scary to "Bare all" openly but I hope I can get some advice from everyone!I have had IBS every since I can remember - think it started when I was 16 (I am now 52). In the early years I "treated" it with laxatives because in those years I never knew about IBS! I became so dependent on laxatives - sometimes taking about 50 at a time. Nevertheless, in my thirties I managed to come off the laxatives - I was eating High Bulk Bran every morning which seemed to do the trick, but after 7 years became intolerant to it - and wheat! So back onto laxatives again. I have since been able to get by with taking probiotics (with a little fibre - cannot tolerate anything with a high fibre content) I have had the odd chronic "episode" of constipation which usually lasts for 2-3 weeks, but this time everythng has changed. It has lasted for 6 months now - "incomplete" (if at all) elimination;hard, black stools. The probiotics are not helping at all any more. I am now so tired, so depressed. This condition has always ruled my life as I'm sure you all will agree it does - but I really don't know what to do anymore. It's as if my colon has just given up on me. I REALLY don't want to start taking potent laxatives again - back to SQUARE ONE! My tummy is distended all the time - I feel nauseous most of the time and also very lethargic.by the way, I am a health fanatic - so I do exercise, eat very healthily, drink water!! I am at a loss!Any suggestions out there?