peter,IBS spares no one, nor does panic. One of my favorite acquaintances with nearly immobilizing panic is a 325 lb. former state police Lt.who was afraid to go out of New England because he was terrified of crossing bridges. He's now on Prozac and drives to Fla. without problems. I spoke with a 73 year old rich businessman today who has had IBS for 50 years or more. I think what's great is that these people did the best they could in their lives with a definite handicap. I suppose career choices would be limited (tough to be a flagpole sitter or astronaut wit IBS-D.) Take care.