Hello, my name is Celestine and I'm new here. I've been lurking for about a month. I was diagnosed with IBS after a three-day hospital stay in 2000. Until I found this forum, I had never known another person whose IBS was serious enough to trigger ER visits or hospital stays. As much as I hate that others suffer at this level, it's so nice not to be totally alone anymore. I'm looking forward to posting and learning.