Hi, My name is Karen I'm 22 and from NJ.I've have this problem since I guess about 5th grade(19990) I guess I'm an emotional person.......it all started when I was getting nervous about going to middle school-ever since then I've had it. When I was really little like elementary school I had stomach problems as well but upper.........I had an Upper GI done and nothing was found, I used to get so nervous for school that I'd lose my breakfast every morning. By middle school I could no longer tolerate soda and milk, and had constant bouts of D and C. Mosly D........There was a sleep away trip for school and I really didn't want to go cuz of D I used to take bottles of a medicine call Donnagel(sp)it then that would cause C. Didn't end up going on the trip anyways. I have alternating bouts of both but I'd say I'm more D. I knew there was something wrong with me for the longest time but I'm known as the family's hypochondiac so I was pretty much ignored.Finally 2 years ago when I was in college I went to a Gastro and he did a colonoscopy on me and found no evidence of swelling or disease so he said I had IBS. He didn't feel that I needed medication and said take as much Immodium as I wanted and said try counseling.......he said I need to learn to control my emotions and he said biofeedback has been found to be helpful. Before I saw him a psychiatrist prescribed Librax, it was a wonder drug for me, it controlled all my symptoms, but my mother made me stop going to that doctor.....she was a bit of a quack and was prescribing drugs to everyone,ex. if she found out my mom was having a bad time with my elderly grandparents, she'd give my mom a few pills to feel better. My mom is very anti medicine she thinks I need to learn to control myself. I have attacks for no reason. Right now there are so many things I can't eat......breads bother me 90% of the time especially bagels and pretzles, spaghetti, steak, corn, potatoes. I'm so frustrated, it doesn't always happen but it's enough to make going out with friends a problem. The only drink is really soda, I never drink it when i'm out, I get horrific gas pains, but at home i'll occasonally have a can. Alcohol........I really haven't been that observant about, I get a crampy feeling in my abdomen but only with certain things usually hard stuff and beer, mixed drinks are ok.