I am 21 and have just been told that I may have IBS after enduring years of pain and suffering that has affected my social and work likfe. Oddly enough I have been wishing that it was something acute and serious that they can cure. IBS just seems like a cop-out diagnosis when they can't think of anything else to test you for, I don't even know what causes it in the first place I go for a few GI exams in a few weeks to rule out Chrons ect but am extremely nervous about the prep and feeling ill. I work as an EMT which is a stressful job by nature and really couldn't bear the thought of leaving the profession because I have a condition aggrevated by stress....If anyone can offer me any words of wisdom and tell me of any educational resources so that I can educate myself. Or for those of you who have had to go through the testing process if you could let me know how you dealt with it and what to expect...pain, sideeffects, time to recover. That would be greatly appreciated.