Hi! I am new to this board. I stumbled upon it through and internt search and boy am I grateful. I have suffered with IBS for about 13 years now. I was always nauseated, crampy and constipated. My physican diagnosed me and handed me a prescription for Donnatal. I never took the medication and lived with my problem. At one time, I suffered from severe diarrhea and after about 1 year of suffering, I went to a GI physician. Believe it or not, I was found to have chronic samonella poisoning which was sucessfully treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately since that episode ( 8 years ago), I have been unable to rid myself of the diarrhea. I underwent further testing and was told that it was just my IBS acting up. Pregnancy and menstruation have been nightmares for me. I now have 2 young children and it is difficult to go anywhere knowing that I will probably have to find a public toilet and drag 2 kids out of the car ( it helps that my oldest is alomst 3 and I use his potty training as an excuse to use most of the restrooms--less embarassment for me!)I am sorry to ramble, but I just want to thank all of you who post on here. I am just reading bits and pieces, but all of what I am reading is encouraging and helpful. There are people out there who understand me!! I have limited time online , but I will try and keep up with what I am reading. Thank you all so much!!