I few months ago I was diagnosed with IBS-D. It has been out of control since I got food-poisoning in June. These are my symptoms: severe abdominal pain and cramping (keeps me doubled over)severe nausea (wakes me up at night and sometimes prevents me from eating I take Phenegren)fatiguebloating and gas (usually only when I have my period)heartburn (I take Prilosec and it doesn't really help)loss of appetitesour taste in mouth and coated tongue (it is horrible, I brush my teeth constantly)fibromygilahair loss (probably due to the shock on my system)weight loss ( I have lost 50 pounds since June)tremors (Sometimes I shake so badly I can't hold a cup)intolerances to food (I have flare-ups even with IBS-safe foods)sensitivity to heat and cold (I get really irritable if I'm too hot or too cold)ringing in earsdizzinessmigraineseasy bruisingyellow stools (my stools have be yellow since my gallbladder was removed)passing rectal mucus (sometimes bloody, clear, or yellow - sorry to be gross)weaknessweird cravings (sometimes I crave nail polish remover and other times I just crave a bowl of Froot Loops)anxiety and depressionMy monthly cycle is all out of wack too. I get constipated and my cramps are severe. My PCP put me on birth control pills to help my periods be more regular and less painful. I have cramping and spotting mid-month as well.My doctors did all the tests and they found my gallbladder wasn't functioning so I had it taken out. I felt okay for about a week then all my symptoms returned with a vengence. I went back to see my surgeon in September and he referred me to a GI but I had to wait until December 1st. Meanwhile I got a kidney stone and had to have it blasted. That relieved my symptoms for about a day then they all came back. I got the stomach flu back at the beginning of November and had to be hospitalized for rehydration. I was so sick it took me almost a month to recover. I couldn't eat or drink anything for two weeks. So my GI appointment finally comes and the GI tells me I have out of control IBS-D (DUH!) and I need to find a therapist. She gave me Symax duotab and Xifaxan (200 mg 3x daily) neither of which seem to work very well. As soon as I go off the Xifaxan my symptoms return. I have been pretty sick the past two days since my precription of Xifaxan ran out. I was in the bathroom for hours yesterday. I don't know what I did wrong, I have been so careful to eat right. I can walk to exercise but usually I stay away from exercising because I feel like I am going to throw up all of the time. All of my doctors are aware of all of my previously mentioned symptoms. All of my blood, urine, and stool samples came back normal. I had a colonoscopy and an upper endoscopy with normal results. I was even tested for heavy metal poisoning which came back normal. My GI office is like a conveyor belt, the doctors move you though quickly and don't seem to listen. I have a follow-up in THREE MONTHS! So in the meantime I have all of these symptoms which prevent me from living my life. I am trapped inside my house because my flare-ups have no warning so I have to be close to a bathroom. I just don't understand, I was healthy as a horse this time last year! I missed Thanksgiving with my family because I was so sick. I won't be able to visit relatives this year for Christmas because it is a 2 hour car ride. What if I have a flare-up in the car or while I am visiting? It is horrible and humiliating. I am completely devestated. My life is ruined. I am a stay-at-home mom but I can't even take care of my family anymore. I cannot get my symptoms under control. I have tried, really tried and I may feel good for a few days but then I get sick again. It is like taking one step ahead and three steps back. My husband has been taking care of me this whole time (thank God for him!)Thanks for listening to me whine.