I've been a long time lurker on this site, just went ahead and registered today. I'd thought I would post.I'm a male, in my mid-20s, married. I'm self-employed, so I don't have the work problems as many here seem to have. I am a member of the Army National Guard, which I go just 2 days a month and two weeks out of the year. My wife is VERY supportive. I've known what my problem is since September of last year (D). I've had problems much of my life, just never knew what it was until my wife talked me into seeing a GI doctor.Guess I'm stubborn, but I don't let it get me down. I eat most of the same stuff I ate before, excpet for salad (which KILLS me). I do try and avoid eating certain things when we go out and do things. I really don't know why I don't eat right, again... I'm stubbornMy family and I are going to Italy this summer and wanted some advice on what to take for my IBS when over there. I LOVE to eat Itailian food, even though it triggers my IBS most of the time. I currently have Levbid for my IBS, but I HATE taking the stuff. Also, again... I'm in the Guard and they go on annual training every year. This year they are going to be out in the woods for two weeks, with nothing but a port-a-potty in the woods. I requested to get out of "annual training" this year, but they medically cleared me! I guess they just don't understand what it's like to have IBS. I told my CO (commanding officer) that I either want out of the AT or I want out of the guard. I'm currently trying to explain to these people what it's like to live with IBS. Anyone ever had this problem? Thanks!