Hi y'all! I am new here, and I am not sure if I have IBS or not...getting any info out of my doctors has been like pulling teeth.Just background. I'm 20 years old, and I first started having chronic constipation at age 5. I saw a doctor who put me on laxatives, then disappeared from the face of the earth (to this day I have no clue where he went). My pediatrician kept me on laxatives for, let's see...7 years, until at 13 I put my foot down, as they weren't helping any. I then saw yet another doctor, who said he could find nothing wrong with me, and it was just chronic constipation and I would have to live with it. When I suggested that I had done some research and could it possibly be IBS, he said no, because 'kids don't get IBS'. Since I have gotten older, I have gotten better at controlling my symptoms, mostly through diet and exercise. My main symptom is constipation, so I am 'normal' most of the time but still suffer from recurring (VERY painful) bouts of constipation. It certainly sounds like IBS to me!I am very glad to have found this group; college (esp. life with roommates) can be very stressful especially about dealing with this. I'm so glad to know I'm not alone!Thanks for listening to me ramble!