I am new to this board and have some questions if someone would be so kind to respond.I am a 41 yr. old female, married, 2 children. I take no medications other than an occasional Tylenol for headaches. I am a smoker and drink a lot of Pepsi. In mid-April my son was sick & I was very worried about him. I wasn't eating and began having diarrhea. The diarrhea lasted for approx. 2 weeks. There was no major discomfort with the diarrhea just lots of rumbling in my gut, and my stomach, for lack of a better word, felt "nervous". No nausea or vomitting. I also had a "burning" sensation in the center and toward the right of my upper abdomen & below my ribs. Am not losing any weight.I went to see my doctor who never touched me, only asked me some questions. He gave me a prescription for Librax (which I filled but did not take), Aciphex for 7 days(which stops the production of acid in the stomach),& ordered stool samples for occult blood. He then diagnosed me with IBS.The Aciphex alleviated the "burning" sensation, I only have watery stools on occassion (usually at the end of a formed bowel movement), and the occult blood test was negative.I questioned him regarding the possibility of more tests. He said the barium swallows (Upper GI) was pretty obsolete, didn't think a blood work-up was necessary but he did order an ultra sound of my biliary tree (gall bladder, spleen, liver, pancreas) after much coaxing from me which I had done yesterday morning. The technician led me to believe that everything there looked fine.Because the "burning" sensation I described previously began after 7 days of Aciphex he prescribed a 1 month regimen of the drug.My major problem now is a lot of gas and fear that the diarrhea will start up again & that I have more wrong with me than IBS. Whenever my stomach or intestines start rumbling I start getting nervous - a viscious circle.Is this the typical symptoms of IBS. If so, how do you alleviate the symptoms?Thanks in advance for your opinions.