hi chastity. im a 21 year old college girl, and yeah, ive had ibs since i was in fifth grade, but it didnt hit me hard till i was in college. what i meant by that was my ibs just got worse over time. anyhow, i used to be very popular in hs and have lots of friends. now, i have "phone friends." i used to hang out with them, but my ibs has gotten so out of hand that all we do is talk on the phone. i hate it. i cant go to parties, neither drink, nor go to clubs, social events, NOTHING. i do have a wonderful bf who always hangs out with me at my house. he doesnt mind as much that we dont do anything. im really lucky to have him. but as far as relationships go, im only down to maybe...4 friends. i dont hang out with them AT ALL. we just talk on the phone once a week. i hate ibs but its just something you gotta learn to live with.