There are so many of us and although I can match my symptoms to several people on this board, there are some people who have vastly different symptoms than mine and for many varying reasons. I seem to be especially susceptible to food aggravations and lack of sleep and water. Some people will get symptoms no matter what they eat but they have anxiety problems. Some people are mildly aggravated by their IBS while some are nearly house-bound. Some of us can work, some of us can't. The range of symptoms is wide, and the mixture of symptoms within individuals has an unlimited number of possibilities and can change over time, like mine did. Some people are lucky enough to go into remission for a while and then suddenly have the IBS again.We all have been diagnosed with IBS but what if we actually represent a conglomoration of different disorders and/or diseases that the doctors just haven't been able to sort out yet? How can my IBS, which at the moment anyway is basically C with occassional bouts of painful loose BM's be similar at all to people who are rushing to the bathroom with D all day long? I can relate to say, nausea and bloating and C but I can't really relate to severe lower abdom. pain, having accidents, panic attacks, etc. At the beginning I was definately more D than anything (except nauseous, of course) but now I'm more C. Do I have the same problem but in a different way? Are any and all gut motility problems lumped together as IBS? Fiber helps some of us and puts others flat on their backs (or tushes, as it were, on the toilet) and calcium, good for D, is a killer for those of us prone to C. And what ever happened to the doctor who thought IBS might be considered "asthma of the gut"? Could it be an environmental thing? I know for myself that the IBS is much less severe when I'm in the mountains, in clean air. I'm sorry, I am totally babbling here. I think the barium has made me a little ditzy. Actually I had a very bizarre dream last night and have been very introspective all day long.time for bed...my brain obviously needs a rest!