I was first diagnosed in 1988, and suffered every year since. After becoming connected to the Iternet a few years ago, I read everything I could on IBS including messages on this bulletin board. I tried stress relief, changing my diet, calcium, just about everything suggested to the point where I thought about what I was doing and eating and drinking every minute of the day. Recently two things happened: 1) someone on a site (possibly here) mentioned artificial sweeteners, and 2) I got sick and tired about worrying about what I was eating. I decided I did NOT have a problem and I wasn't going to worry about it. I also made a connection between being diagnosed at the end of 1988 with IBS, and a change to diet soda. I had been a smoker and coffee drinker for 16 years, so when I quit smoking I also quit coffee (which I associated with cigarettes). I started drinking diet coke in 1987. Three years ago I read on the internet that some of the most common triggers for IBS included alcohal (which I don't drink anyway) and caffeine. So I switched to diet caffeine-free drinks but still continued to suffer several times a week with IBS. When I read about artificial sweeteners a few months ago, something clicked and I quite drinking diet soda or using anything with artificial sweeteners. I have been IBS FREE for over three months now! I can't believe that it took me over 12 years to figure out that one of my main triggers included artificial sweeteners! But now that I have, I feel great! I can eat normally. I no longer worry about social engagements (which was a trigger itself). I don't NEED to KNOW where the bathroom is located everywhere I go! Its incredible. If you haven't tried eliminating artificial sweeteners, you just might want to give it a try. We all have different triggers. I found mine. I hope you find yours.