I have been reading your messages for the last couple of days and learned so much already. I am not an IBS sufferer (thank God!!)but I have a good friend who has been having terrible problems for the last three years. I was surprised to learn that vegetables and cereal might actually trigger attacks and that meat might actually be helpful! Is this true for the most part? Sounds like taking Caltrate is the one thing that seems to work for a lot of people, I will certainly pass that information on to my friend. I hope you don't mind if I ask questions once in a while, my friend has no computer and I'm excited that I found this place where I might find help for him. My heart goes out to all of you. What a terrible affliction to have and yet I see good spirits, lots of support and great info.Thanks for any advice!