Hello.My name is Janelle , but I go by Nell. I am new here. I am 24 years old and have had stomach problems for as long as I can remember. I have also suffered from light to heavy anxiety most of my life. My mother has IBS and although I have not yet been diagnosed by a doctorï¿½I do believe from all my symptoms that I do also have IBS.It has gotten progressively worse with age. I noticed about a year ago that my bloated had started getting really bad. I have not gained but maybe 5 pounds in 2 years but I have gone up to about 2 pant sizes due primarily because of my bloated stomach. I almost always feel full, and no matter how much I exercise or ï¿½dietï¿½ I cant lose it in my stomachï¿½.further leading me to believe it is bloating.I also have been a ton more gassy on the past year or two. What seems to be my pattern is I am constipated for a few days and then will wake up and start to get ready for work and I am hit with horrible stomach spasms and they usually last on and off for all day. I canï¿½t eat anything and my stomach becomes so bloated that I feel as though I am going to burst. My stool is usually just very soft and lighter in color. I rarely have full on Diarrhea .It seems like the past few weeks though , no matter what I eat or when I eat or how large the portionsï¿½I have stomach spasms each day and have loose stool. I havenï¿½t had a ï¿½normalï¿½ bowl movement in a very long time.I have been having pains in my stomach lately and as I type this my stomach is very enlarged with bloating.I usually have nothing for breakfast, as I wake up and am not hungry as my stomach is bloatedï¿½..then have a few crackers and a bowl of chicken noodle soup and I do make sure to drain the liquid from it so that I do not get too much sodium and such. I then eat a light mealï¿½. small portionsï¿½but not very healthy. Usually TV dinner or soup again. I am perplexed by my stomach though, because sometimes I can eat a couple pieces of pizza and not be affected and then other times Iï¿½ll eat the same kind of pizza a few minutes later I am in the bathroom in sever pain. I do restrict my splurges with ï¿½badï¿½ food as I know thereï¿½s a chance I can be in pain and I have to be sure not to eat anything that could possibly upset my stomach days before I have something important to doï¿½such as an eye doctor appoinment..etc. Because I know that I will have a very good chance of missing anything I have planned or being late because I am in the bathroom.I am in search of any and all info I can get on IBS. And , what I can do for it. I have printed off the information in this site and will read it over carefully. What I would like to know is if this does sound like IBS to you all who suffer it too ï¿½.. as I do feel thatï¿½s what I have.And , what would be a few important things I should do to control this and be able to live a somewhat ï¿½normalï¿½ life with it.I would like to be put on a medicine to control or cut back my stomach pains and the sever bloating. Would anyone be able to recommend a certain type?With me being only 24ï¿½. Would the regular doctor just take my word for it , listen to all my symptoms and be able to prescribe me a medication? See , I did notice that there are a lot of tests they can put you through but I do not want to have to wait months or weeks for them to decide this is what I have before I can get some meds for the pain. As its affecting my Dailey life to a point where its interfering with my work.I started suffering panic attacks about 2 years agoï¿½and was treated with prozac off and on for those two yearsï¿½I recently got off itï¿½.about 3 weeks ago and am now taking nothing for the panic attacks as I seem to have them under control for the most part.Iï¿½d say what I want to accomplish the most is to get rid of this painful bloating and the painful spasms. Oh, and forget itï¿½when I am on my periodï¿½the first day or two of it I am 100% worse offï¿½.and NO MATTER what I do or do not eat ï¿½ I have horrible stomach cramps to go along with my menstrual cramps and my IBS bloating to go along with my menstrual bloating . Not to mention that I am in the bathroom the majority of the week.Iï¿½m sorry this is sooo very longï¿½.But I have come to my witts end with this and I do not know what to do and would like guidance on what I can do myself to stop thisï¿½I do not smokeï¿½one year quit. I do drink Pepsi on a daily basisï¿½should that stop?I know you all arenï¿½t doctors and you cant diagnose me but any advice would be great.I do not have a family doctor so I am now researching my local doctors to see which one I want to go to. Would I just walk in and say I think this is what I have and give them my symptoms?Anyway, I do thank you all for your time and I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.I am so thankful I found this site.NELLPSI am from the usaï¿½Missouri to be exact.And , also one more thing. I have been losing a goodAmount of my hair and was wondering is that can be at allRelated to IBS?And , does a fiber supplement work in helping make youRegular and if so , what one would you recommend?