Greetings,My real name is Martha. I am a 43 year old woman that just found out she was not alone.Maybe I should not be posting yet as I just found out what Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was. I went to my doctor (a referred one about 150 miles away from my home) today thinking we were going to set up a surgical appointment to fix my Hiatial Hernia.Ever since I had my gullbladder removed, I have had CONSTANT dirriha, (pardon me, I am the worst speller by the way), pain and bloating. It is so intense when I go to releave myself that I am almost in tears. On bad days, it feels like I live in the bathroom.I also have alot of nausea, pain in the upper stomach, and what the doc called reflux with gurd or something like that. I THOUGHT all these symptoms were from the herina and could be fixed with surgery. To my surprize the doc told me I had 4 different things. 1)IBS 2)reflux with gurd 3)(a name ten miles long so I'll describe it) because of no gallbladder the bile goes directly to the intestine. Very few people have adverse effects. I am one of the lucky ones that causes severe problems with the bile going directly to the intestine, which causes diarriha even more. and 4)the hernia.You know, after I got home from the docs, I got right on the computer to find out exactly what the IBS was. That's what led me here. It was such a releife to see that I was not alone. I still am scared because this disease keeps me near my ladies room constantly. It seems that I am a prisoner to my home.The doc did prescribe 2 things for me. One for the bile stuff that causes the runs... it's a mix that you drink. The second is pills. I can't read his writing on the prescription but one looks like it starts with a Q, and definatley can't read what the other is. He says it may or may not work. I go see him back in August.Anyway, back to reading again and learing more about how I can learn to live with this nasty disease.