I also have felt sorry for myself recently for my IBS. But then I think about a friend of mine who went through breast cancer last year, had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and will continue to have treatments to try and keep it from returning. She never complains, but I am sure she feels like complaining sometimes. There are way worse ailments out there. And for me I think my problem gets worse the more I think about it. I know my IBS is not as bad as yours, but when I first started going through this I also sat on the can for many hours and wound up having many small BMs per day or none at all. That made it worse, b/c my colon lost its natural timing. If I go more than once or twice a day I know the next morning it is going to be hard for me to go. Now I give it one shot a day at the same time in the morning and it has been working again most days. I ignore any feelings later in the day to go again--I purposely wait until the next day if at all possible. I try to do something to keep my mind off of it. This has forced some regularity for me once again. I do not take any laxatives or stool softeners--I am trying to let my colon readjust naturally by eating the best I can possibly eat at all times (although I think the 2 day fast and laxatives prepping for the colonoscopy helped my colon reset itself and clean itself out). I now eat activia yogurt once a day every afternoon. I eat a salad every single day now. I also eat a fiber based cereal for breakfast every day. I avoid eating anything with too much fat content. If I feel pain in my left side I drink some peppermint tea or take a peppermint capsule, do some yoga/stretching, or ride my bike, which seems to help a little. I can honestly say that for me it is getting better after about 3 months of difficulty with this. It is still not back to what I consider normal yet, but I hold out hope! Although I get a little depressed about it sometimes, I also consider this a blessing in disguise. If I didn't change my eating habits to eat healthier and add fiber to my diet, I may have been looking at colon cancer in 20 years.