Hi - so glad to find this site! I was diagnosed with IBS-C, severe lactose intolorance and GERD all within the last 2 years. I've eliminated all milk products from my diet, and 99% of the spicy food I had been eating, I take a stool softener every day and I've increased my soluable fiber intake significantly. I'm still riding a rollercoaster though. It can be really hard to know what's going on, what triggered a flare up and which thing set the other off. Last night I had just a taste of someone else's spicy Indian curry dish at dinner, and I was on the toilet literally every 1-2 hours all night. Normal consistency, but almost no involuntary movement pushing things out. I had painful gas that would not pass, my characteristic backache, mucous in the stool, and a constant full feeling (not surprising, since I was only eliminating a little at a time). The symptoms did not let up until almost noon today. The back pain was on one side and came in spasm like waves. The worst symptom however was a feeling I can never explain adequetely. I felt sick in a way that I don't feel with other things, very different than when I've had the flu or a virus. It feels like something is really very wrong. I get so lethargic I don't even want to move. The doctor thinks that's just my anxiety, but I disagree. It's a real physical sensation that I only react to with anxiety. Any of this familiar to any of you?