New to the forums and by the looks of things I'm probably fairly new to IBS. I have had this since I was 15 and I'm now 20 so 5 years now. I don't really get a lot of pain but do get the bloating and diarrhea and all the other little pleasures this thing has to offer. So I was never a really social person but I did okay. When I got IBS-D that all stopped. My doctor prescribed Imodium which got me through my highschool years. I was only using it occasionally until recently when I went through a very bad stage. It has now stopped working.I am now homebound. I can't get a job because of my requirements, and now that Imodium has stopped I can barely walk out the door. More than the actual syndrome it's panic attacks and general anxiety of anticipating an attack which keep in this state.[cry me a river I know]I see a lot of people here who are worse than I was before and there don't seem to be many options. I've heard Lotronex (Alosteron) is effective. Has anyone tried it and can you get it in Australia?Also has anyone else built up a tolerance to Imodium? There are a lot of sites saying you can't but I definitely have (so there).Any general advice on how to get my life back would be great. Anything I post will probably be a little whiny/self-centered but it's how I'm feeling so...meh.