i'm desperate and tired of not knowing is this ibs or something else? please read carefully if you are going to respond saying you have these symptoms - just b/c otherwise it will be confusing to me.i'll try to be as descriptive as I can:abdominal cramping - that involves the muscles that hold up the trunk, and for breathing and turning, talking - when I turn and reach for something - I look like I have a serious neuromuscular disorder. when talking, shrugging, etc its as if all my muslces are frozen into a solid hard mass - and i have to move my whole body - people think i'm tense, seriuos and nervous - but I'm fighting to look as "normal" as I can - sometimes when I'm talking and the muscles want to move crazily - looking normal makes me sweat and red in the face. my face is constantly tense due to the constant muscle tension. i am hunched over and my stomach has dips and ridges where the muscles are squeezing inTENSELY. when i pass gas these feelings go away somewhat, but never entirely. it feels as if passing the gas just distracts my gut muscles momentarily. my stomach undulates constantly and when it does I feel hard scraping sensations around my ribs. my shoulders and neck and face always feel like they are sitting on top of a pile of muscles way too high up. i don't talk or laugh or gesture like i used to - b/c I can't. my voice and laughter sound "canned" b/c i can't exhale all the way and let my abdominal muscles drop. I have to wear something tight & low around my waist at all times otherwise my muscles aren't "distracted" and start squeezing inward and out over and over again. even when i'm "emtpy" this is occuring however it does seem to help to pass gas. my symptoms are brought on by wearing clothing that touches my body around the waist or higher, or being naked - I'm guessing not enough sensation to distract, by trying to sit straight up and suck the gut in just a bit, but exercising, by talking, by laughing or just being.my symptoms are relieved by crying, sleeping on my stomach, alcohol and other depressents, muscle relaxers, temporarily by passing gas and wearing low waisted restrictions (but i see these as distractions).my back muscles feel as if they've shortened and I can't bend over or sideways all the way anymore - my abdominal muscles feel as if they've lengthened and I can't fit them in my gut anymore.sometimes my calves get really tense and huge and feel like they will burst - within a few minutes. the swelling is visible and muscle as hard as a nut - I also get this when shoes fit my feet in the wrong way - not tight - but touching in the wrong way.can anyone PLEASE tell me what this is? my good old friend Flux?my "normal" ibs symptoms are mucous and frequent urgent bowel movements that sometimes are diarhhea/sometiems not. at certain times i have intense pressure under my diaphragm. do I need to see a neurologist or will they say i'm nuts? my only clues are dystonia (but usually does not involve the stomach) and stiff peson syndrome (a possibility, but mine doesn't seem severe), is it possible that my abdominal muscles are jsut reacting overly to sensing pressure in my gut?