heyomg its so great to know we are all finding it equally hard. im 17 as well, just about to finish school (thank goodness) but am terrified to go out into the 'real world'! ibs totally changes lifestyle and sometimes i just dream what it would be like to be living without it (is this sad?) ...imagine not having to get up 3 hrs earlier in the morning to go to the toilet,,,not sitting in class worrying...neways...what i hate most about ibs is the way it wrecks my social life. i think my sisters think im a total loser cos i never go out...but its just to much hassle...rather stay at home....please tell me this isnt just me!??!?