Had an endo-rectal ultrasound today and was told that I had damage to my external anal sphyncter-childbirth related. Have been telling doctors that my IBS started the day after delivery but was told it was all in my head-stress etc etc. My main symptom has been urgency but I'm sure that the stress of this has caused IBS as well. Don't know if I will be offered any treatment but was asked why it had taken 25yrs to get to ultrasound! How many years do you have to tell your doc you have a problem and not be listened to. I don't know whether to laugh or cry but maybe now I won't be told it is all it my head. I suspect after all these years I'll be told to live with it and keep taking the imodium and antidepressants.