Hi, i'm new here and really looking for some advice. A bit of background about me, I am a single mum of two kids, one in secondary, one in primary. I fist noticed some stomach problems just over six years ago when I had my daughter. I was stressed at the time as I had been left on my own by her father who didn't want anything to do with us. Well since then my stomach has been getting progressively worse and my stress levels have been through the roof. It has been a bad few years, i've had so many problems. loss of a loved one, burglary, redundancy in 2004. Another redundancy in 2005 plus a horrible tribunal. Problems with my son's dad in 2006/2007 when he had a breakdown. 2007/2008, forced into a new job at work with a huge responsibility yet no power, at the mercy of a useless boss and a another boss who decided to stalk me. The end of 2008 my daughter's dad swanned back into our lives after never meeting her, and we tried again to make it work. Early 2009, I was made redundant again and found out a week later my partner was cheating on me with two women at least, so I ended our relationship. I remember so vividly this was the day the vomiting started.I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression but two weeks later I started my new job. Around this time I was attacked by my ex-partner in front of our daughter and harrassed by his other women until I had no choice but to cut all contact with him.The stomach problems unfortunately have continued since. My office thankfully was near to the toilet so I managed to get away with being in there quite a lot but then yet again, last summer I was made redundant and have had a lot of stress over money and my son being bullied at school.I have recently been diagnosed with IBS which the gp seemed to think was triggered by all the stress i've been under. I have tried everything possible, I take the tablets i've been prescribed but they don't work, I have changed my diet to the point I can hardly eat anything...when I do eat the smallest meal I feel full and need the toilet immediately afterwards...sometimes before i've even finished my meal. It's probably around 10-15 times a day now. I have lost most of my friends as I let them down constantly...I arrange something and then cant attend at the last minute because of this problem...I think they're convinced i'm making excuses because I cant be bothered. The same with my family, they think i'm just being dramatic and don't understand why I can't visit them. I have missed parents evenings, school plays, mothers day lunches etc, my mum and dad have accused me of not caring how my kids are doing in school because of it.My life is a miserable existence...there's nothing I want more than to be able to control this and do the things I used to. I mean, I have a broken tooth but cant get as far as the dentist, i'm well overdue for a smear test but obviously that's out of the question. It's ridiculous. I need to get another job...but how on earth can I work like this? I'm a prisoner in my own home. I have hardly any friends, no partner and no way of meeting one, no job and therefore no money, no life. I sit here day after day on my own, the internet my only way of keeping touch with anyone.I know it's an essay and i'm sorry about that but I would really appreciate some advice/support on how to get my life back, hope someone can help.