Hi, I'm new to this forum.I have had IBS for about 30 years. It started when I was about 18 and I was told I had a Spastic Colon which I later learnt was a term for IBS. The doctors have never really shown much interest, just given me anti-spasmodic medication and told me what to avoid eating. One doctor picked up that my problem seemed to be anxiety related and gave me mild tranquilisers which seemed to help.I even went to a psychologist for a few months, just to understand how the anxiety effected my colon.I know that I always get a flare-up when I have had stress or am feeling anxious and that once I'm relaxed again the pain passes. Trouble is, that I'm a VERY anxious person and spent years battling panic attacks and all sorts of anxiety related ailments. It's a vicious cycle as the anxiety causes the IBS flare-upo and in turn I worry about the pain (always assuming it's something very serious and prbably terminal) and that worry causes more pain...............My brother died just three weeks ago from cancer and I spent the last 6 months watching him slowly waste away, so it's been a bad time for me. Of course the IBS has now kicked in and in turn I feel anxious about the pain, imagining that it could be something far worse. Even though I have reasoned with myself that it can only be IBS I'm still anxious and of course in pain.Does IBS cause a passing of mucous? Does anyone else get this?I'm glad I've found this forum, it's good to be able to share.Thanks for reading.