hello.. this is the first time i post.. i'm 16 and, although i haven't been diagnosed (haven't been to a doctor. terrible fear of doctors/anything related to doctors), i have been reading a bit, and i think i've got IBS.. i don't take any medications or anything, for i know it's dangerous to do so without being sure what it is that's wrong.. anyhoo, for the past year i've suffered from gas and bloating, mainly, and it was good to find a place like this, with people who live through similar things.. hmm, this gassy stuff has really screwed up my living. i am terrified of going to school everyday; i'm embarrassed all the time. i am of a rather pessimistic and anti-social nature as it is.. now with the bloating and all of that, i'm far from keen to go out of my house at all; depression has worsened, and it's really just a hell to wake up everyday fearing being in closed spaces with other people and knowing that i can't escape school, and i'll have to be there, for hours, with my stomach upsetting me.. anyway, i dunno why i'm rambling.. well, that's it i guess. forgive my english, it's not my native language.