First the wow part: I've had IBS since high school and this is the first time I've felt "not alone" on the subject, now that I've found this message board. This past week and a half I've had over three bad and painful days on the pot. My wife gets ticked off at me when I'm howling in pain and guess what: it doesn't help much, I assure you. LOL! Now the crazy part: next week I'm leading a group of 20 on a three-day trip into the U.S. from Canada on a business trip. If I get stuck with a flare-up I am toast as the group is on the go doing site inspections here and there on a tight schedule. I tried to get out of it but I'm stuck with it. So, ladies and gentlemen of IBS--pray for me please.I'll pray for you guys too. After reading about what many of you go through I just shuddered. Late next week I'll log back into this message thread and report on how I survived or suffered. Cheers,Mr Bowels.