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Hi everyone,I've been reading through these posts, and so let me start by saying how sorry I am to hear of your symptoms. Like so many of you, I find myself here looking for advice after failing to find help from several different doctors. My symptoms have been ongoing for about a year now, and the whole ordeal started when I moved overseas and took up a different lifestyle and a VERY different diet (I was living in South Korea). Anyways, it started with awful constipation which then led to an awful cycle of alternating between two painful extreme ends of the spectrum. I have now been back home for 3 months and went back to my normal diet (mainly vegetarian, never red meat, fruits, veggies, whole grains and limited dairy). It seemed like it was getting much better, but now it's like I've relapsed without any apparent cause. My family doctor thinks that I developed IBS as a result of the extreme changes but doesn't seem to think any of it is a big deal (which seems to be the trend). It seems that all the usual suggestions like uping the fiber and water intake aren't working. Anyways I guess I'm wondering what to do next...Should I go back and ask for more testing (I've had an x-ray, colonoscopy, and a stool sample test - all "normal" aside from the x-ray that revealed constipation)? Should I just accept the IBS diagnosis and hope for the best? (It just seems so strange to me that an active 23 year old on mainly a plant based diet would have these problems...but maybe that's just the nature of the disorder??)Should I be on medication? I haven't been offered anything except the choice to go on a daily laxative but do you think this is advisable? Especially if I also experience the big D? How bad should I let it get before I resort to the over-the-counter medication?Anyways, your advice would be greatly appreciated!