As a long standing sufferer of IBS I am nearly at my wits end. Continual pain with alternating constipation and diahorrea. This is combined with panic, nerves, anxiety, depression etc. I tend to hide away and avoid my friends (and some of my family who I'm sure don't believe me and think it's all in the mind). I take tryptanol at night (helps me sleep) and xanax from time to time. It also affects my urine (frequency increases and discomfort). When I do poo I have to wipe and wipe. Are these the normal symptoms of IBS? Life is not worth living much of the time.