I want to give folks hope, but not false hope. Just something to consider, and I'd love feedback on it. The short story is that after combined treatment with Paxil for nervous anxiety and Lipitor for cholesterol my IBS problem seems to have stopped(for the past year or so). Previously it was an almost every day problem.My history: I'm a 40 year old male. I used to have alternating C and D. Earliest occurrences were in my late teens. My worse symptom was 'panic attacks' ... needing to use the bathroom in a hurry ESPECIALLY in inconvenient public settings. I knew where most of the public bathrooms were. Never any public accident, but some close calls. Sometimes but not always cramping and/or pain. I never got an official diagnosis that this was IBS, but from everything I read figured that it was, especially because my mother, a nurse, suffered from it as well and said that's what she had.AND THEN ... Started seeing a new doctor. I talked to him about my nervousness/anxiety in social situations. I ended up on Paxil for anxiety and Lipitor for cholesterol. Bang - no IBS problems. My mother also went on (just) Lipitor because cholestrol is a family thing ;-) and HER IBS became much better.