I've been living with IBS for about 5 years now. and kinda figured it was somthing you just learned to live with. That there was nothing one could really do. Except take the scripts prescribed (Dicyclomine) But the Pain? How the heck do you deal with the pain. How in Gods name does one go through life always feeling like having to pass a tennis ball. I'm tired and sad and fed up. But I do have hope. I found this forum this morning while looking to see if chocolate could be causing my colon to go into a rage. I'm so stupid sometimes. I don't always make the food connections. But I think the overall concern in my life is how to get the support from my husband and close by family. They continue with life as if there is nothing wrong. They don't understand why I don't want to drink with them or have a big juicy rib eye off the Q. They are put out that I don't comply.GOD! and I thought chocolate reeked havoc. Beer? (their faves) WOW and OUCH! Wine? not too bad but not worth it. beef ugh NO CAN DO! And really...It's not that fun too hang around drunks...I have found. I feel like nothing should changed and I am to be witty, vibrant, diligent at my wifely chores. I FEEL GUILTY if I am otherwise. He (my husband) has not voiced this expectation. It's just that he has not voiced anything concerning my condition. Even after talking to him about the diagnoses.I'm just miffed. And way too tired of being pleasant all the @#$^&* time. There I said It....So someone either shoot me Or better yet, PLEASE give some advise.