Hi all,I'm new here...just found the site today, and I can't tell you what a relief it is to finally have somewhere to read about IBS and chat to people suffering the same thing! I live in Sydney Australia, and most people don't have a clue what IBS is all about.I haven't been diagnosed by a doctor (whenever I mention IBS they either dismiss me, or think I'm a self-diagnosing hypochondriac trying to do their job for them), but my symptoms seem to fit the descriptions on these pages. Over the last year or so, I have experienced problems particularly with severe alternating constipation and diarrhea. Embarrassingly, I have soiled myself several times in public as well. My energy levels have dropped dramatically...I'm just so tired all the time. Plus, for the first time in my life I have experienced painful indigestion. It's incredibly upsetting and nobody seems to understand. I'm so relieved to have found this web-site, and I thank you all for your stories...they really have helped.