Hi y'all! I have been suffering from -- what I feel is severe -- IBS for more than a year now.. though I think my real problems started when I was 14 years old. (I'm 28 now.) I'm so grateful to have found this site. But reading the chats tonight make me so scared, and I almost want to cry. I can't imagine living the rest of my life like this. The pain, the attacks. The pending embarrassment. I can't even remember the last time I felt comfortable on a date. (I'd actually rather not date just so I won't have to worry.)I'm in an extremely high stress job. I'm at the point now that I can't even sit through meetings for fear that my gut will start churning. I can feel the sweat start when I think I'm going to pass out from holding my breath.I don't dare eat anything till I know I won't have to be in a room alone with anyone.. sometimes that means I don't eat till 4 or 5 in the afternoon.A year ago, I ended up going to the emergency room with severe D -- I lost 11 pounds in that one week. It's now a year later, I've gained 20 pounds, and I've tried everything from taking Aleve (like my ob/gyn sugggested), to altering my diet.I've moved to a new city.. and I am going in for a colonoscopy later this month.. I'm terrified.On the positive side, I started a new exercise regimine this weekend.. and I'm trying out the diet on the www.eatwithoutfear.com site. Today was a good day.Is there anyone out there who's been able to get over this??? How did you do it?? Will this get worse? And what makes it that much worse?Thanks for any advice you can give me.