well... i just got back from the doctor. got my 2nd opinion. this guy, who i trust very much, asked many (many) more questions than my last doctor though his diagnosis and level of concern was about the same.he said it was IBS and because of my age (28) and family history, he thought doing any further testing was unnecissary. (my last dr., who i didn't care for, did hemogram/diff - blood test, sed rate - blood test, stool for wbcs - stool test, stool culture - stool test, o & p screen - stool test)he said i could contact a gastroenterologist and schedule a colonoscopy if i'd like, but he didn't feel it was necissary.symptoms presented:diarrhea / loose stools (AT LEAST 4 1/2 years)flat stools when "solid" - no change or improvement with fiber. no "round" stools in at least 3 yrs.D is worsened when eating certain foods or when under stress.mucus in stools if having bad Dfrequent undigested food in bmstomach "pain" (2-4 on a scale of 10)/cramping near belly button - both sides occasional pain under breast bone - left sidepain is NOT relieved after bowel movement. just comes and goes. usually lasts for a few seconds at a time. have gone days w/o pain but sometimes have pain on/off all day.occasional feeling of incomplete evacuation (1 out of ever 3 or 4 bms)frequent "terrible" (ask my fiance) gasfrequent belchingmorning nausea (if i don't eat soon enough)occasional light headednessmoderate heartburn and acid reflux.no family history of colon cancer or polyps (though father is still in very early 50s)no blood in stool (occasional on toilet paper after multiple BMs in a day)no weight lossno color change (it's normal)what would you guys do? look for a third opinion or accept what you were given? i am a bit of a hypocondriac and can't get the "cancer" thought out of my mind. everyone (and i mean everyone) feels i'm making a big deal out of nothing and because i know i needlessly worry about things, i could use some outsiders' opinions.