By way of introduciton I'm a 24 year old UK national who had just finished what I guess US people would call 'grad school'.I've had D type IBS on and off since around 1992. I've finally accepted that, for me, the cause is psychological and not physical. I lost my parents quite close together (dad when I was 17 to Cancer - Mum when 19 to motor accident). For a while I had a mild panic disorder which I'm seemingly now cured of. Haven't shifted the IBS though. It's funny what a leap forward I've found it since I accepted my cause was mental and related to post traumatic stress. Whilst no-one likes to think of themselves as 'barmy', admitting it does take away all the anxiety you get about possible food allegy's or cancer that drive you nuts when you can't narrow it down.Anyway, I take my knocks in life head on and recently decided that I'm only here once, god knows life is short enough, and I wanted to travel. On finishing my grad degree I decided to take a year out backbacking around Australia. Anyone who suffers from D will know what a hard decision that was. But I decided to go for it anyway.I wont pretend I didn't have problems. There were one or two moments of agony, particularly on the massive coach journeys. However, I found that with use of immodium, I could in the main manage my Symptoms. I was away about 8 months and saw and did everything I wanted to do. I learnt to get blase about going to the loo behind bushes in the outback which was another step forward - you don't have to worry about looking for a bathroom in the outback - there is a bush never more than 10 meteres away!The trip was wonderful for self-esteem. It was me sticking two fingers up at my IBS. Don't let your condition stop you living you're life - it is simply too short.However, my one worry with my approach is how much I'm relying on Immodium. Is there any known long term health risks assosiated with overuse of this drug?