Hi! I am so glad to have found this group. I am a 25 year old female from upstate New York who has had IBS symtoms for about 4 years. These include terrible cramping in my left lower quadrant almost every time I eat, gas that gets caught in my left side that I can't get rid of, constipation, tummy gurgling, and sometimes runny stools. I was diagnosed with IBS this summer by a GI specialist at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. He made the diagnosis based on symptoms alone and did no tests except lactose intolerance (which was positive). I am following the diet he suggested but in terrible GI distress every night in my left side. The only thing that helps is having my fiance rub my lower left side in a hard circular motion--we can actually feel and hear the gas bubbles and stuck "stuff" moving. Sorry! Luckily he is a doctor himself (oral surgeon) so he does not get grossed out by all this and is sooo supportive. I am beginning to question whether I have IBS or something else though. Could I have an ulcer? Celiac disease? other? The fact that the pain is always so centralized to my lower left side of the tummy (the same level as my belly button but to the left) worries me. I see my doctor tommorow and want to ask him to do some tests to make sure I really have IBS and not something else. Does anyone know what tests I should ask for? I know he will do tests if I push it, but he said this summer he does not like to do any invasive tests unless the diet he prescribes does not work and until he knows the patient's mental status better? That seemed a little odd to me because-as you all know-this is not something I am making up! Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.