I'm new to the IBS Self Help Group. I'm 38 and have been suffering with IBS off and on for nearly 15 years. My father also was diagnosed with it. I've been to doctors who have prescribed meds that help control, but I still suffer at times. I'm often afraid to go far from home unless I'm working. I've had some bad experiences. Long car rides are stressful. I'm trying to work on my diet, but pinpointing foods that may cause problems has been difficult. I used to drink 2 or 3 glasses of diet pepsi a day, so I'm wondering if nutrasweet is a culprit. I also like chocolate, so I'm cutting way down on that. Dairy doesn't seem to bother me, though. I'm thinking about seeing a naturopath, maybe also a therapist. Any advice from fellow suffers? Thanks!