I posted in the Introduction forum, but I thought I'd post here also. I'm 27 and I was diagnosed with IBS-D four years ago. I had symptoms as far back as late high school I know, and was misdiagnosed quite a few times. My primary doctor had ordered upper GI x-ray and endoscopy at one point, and after seeing the results, he diagnosed me with gastritis and later, GERD. Of course the treatments didn't work, and my mom finally had me see her Gastroenterologist. After just talking to me a few minutes, he knew I had IBS and of course the test showed I did, in fact. He had also told me I had no evidence of any of the other disorders I had been diagnosed with, so that's interesting. I was on Hyoscyamine for a couple years, and it worked well for me. I had to leave my job a while back to help out a chronically ill parent though and so I've lost my insurance. I've slowing been figuring out how to better control my disorder with diet. It helps some, but some days are better than others. I'm also curious if anyone knows about the connection between IBS and allergies/intolerances? I had read something about that before, and wasn't really thinking about it. I've struggled a lot with allergies, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's related. I had a lot of allergies as a child, and in my early 20's (probably not long after the onset of IBS) I began developing hives, and have on and off since then. I did extensive allergy testing, but nothing showed up. Through the process of elimination, I discovered dairy products were the culprit. I found that after cutting out dairy for a while, I could have small amounts, and then later I would have to cut it out again. It was an endless cycle. The same thing happened with wheat products about a year later. It had been some time since I've had a problem with the hives, and they came back with full force this week. I ended up going to the ER and was diagnosed with allergic dermatitis, which I was told is most likely caused by an unknown food allergy. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?