I've been dealing with IBS on and off for about 10 years now. The bout I'm currently experiencing is the worst one since the first one I had 10 years ago. EXTREME muscle spasasms is the current worst symptom. For the past week I have had nothing more than saltines and white rice, with some salt, a little margerine added. Today I had some chicken broth made from a boullion cube that stated on the label that it had no MSG added. Well, I'd like to sue this company(Herb Ox) because it obviously does have MSG in it...I learned after the face about the dozen or so other names MSG is hidden under. I do not feel like eating anything, however I forced myself to eat some saltines, about 10 of them, earlier today. I went to Wellspring(Whole Foods southern style) and bought some peppermint oil tabs, ginger root tabs, and Boirons Carb-Veggie tabs. So far I've tried the Peppermint, but just one of course did nothing. I've had two doses of the Boirons with no response. I'm seriously considering going to the Emergency room this evening just because I really don't know what else to do. I have antispasmotics but they aren't making a dent. My abdomen on the right side is especially tight and the feeling goes up under the rib cage a bit. It is seriously more taught than I can make my bicep or calve muscle. Most uncomfortable. So...what would you do in my situation? I don't think anyone could understand this feeling unless they had had IBS before, or were maybe 14 months pregnant. I am male, so I don't know what that feels like, but I can imagine it's a little like this. I guess I should also tell you when this started. Tuesday of last week(6 days ago), I had a Cat Scan for an unrelated(or perhaps it is related) ailment. The barium they had me drink gave me severe diahrea. After this came the cramps and bloat. The Cat scan showed nothing wrong, so I'm fairly sure the feeling I have now is just severe IBS. Tired of reading yet? I'm tired of typing for sure. Please give me any advice you can that might help. Thanks much!