Hey everyone. I am new to this site and so I apologize if I am wasting space with a new thread. I am 22 years old and have had IBS for about 3-4 years. I was diagnosed with it about 2 years ago and then re-confirmed about 2 months ago. My IBS has gotten progressively worse throughout the years. Like most of you, it controls my life. Any time I am going out or away from an area that I am comfortable with, I am nervous about my stomach and how I feel and if I will have an "episode". My symptoms are simple: cramping and diarrhea. I have learned that garlic, surprisingly, immediately upsets my stomach. So far, that is the only sure thing that I know upsets me. I know of the "triggers", which include fatty and spicy foods, beans or other gas-producing foods, alcohol and caffeine, food allergies (like garlic for me), and stress. All of these things, besides garlic, affects me sometimes and doesn't other times.The biggest issue I am having now deals with the fact that I am a collge soccer player. One thing that REALLY upsets my stomach to the point where I can do nothing but lie down, is vigorous exercise. It is weird in that I will feel okay to fine for a while, but once I start to get fatigued, my stomach gets a cramp and then I have to stop playing and run to the bathroom because I have diarrhea. It has come to the point where I was taking immodium a.d. before every game and at halftime of every game. That prevented me from going, but I still had bad cramps and was unable to play to the level I wanted to. I have tried to change my diet. I have tried to vary the times when I eat before working out/playing/running. I have tried to really hydrate myself well. Nothing has worked. I was hoping/wondering if any of you could possibly suggest anything for me. Are there any miracle drugs that could help me? Right now, my doctor has me taking Levsin. Some cramping seems to subside, but the drug does not prevent the diarrhea after/while vigorous exercise. I have become pretty good at preventing myself from having an "episode" when there is no excercise involved. For the most part, I know what I can eat and when. I would still like for me to be able to eat whatever I want whenever I want, but that may not happen. The most important thing to me is the exercise aspect. I am afraid that I will never be able to really play any sports when I am older. I am afraid that I will not be able to play with my kids without getting cramps and diarrhea. It may sound extreme to you all, but I think that the diarrhea has to do with fatigue and the more in shape I am in, the more it will take to trigger the IBS. So, as I get older and am in worse shape, it will take less to trigger the IBS.I also want to mention that I have Gilbert's syndrome, which is supposed to be benign and asymptomatic. However, I have read that one can experience "bouts of abdominal pain" from "vigorous exercise" or "missed meals". So, I was also wondering if anyone knew of any connection between Gilbert's syndrome and IBS.Thank you all very much. I need a place like this to talk out my problems. I really appreciate any advice you can give me as I would love to help out any of you who need it as well.