My doctor thinks I have IBS. She is not basing this on any tests just by my symptoms. I am going for a colonoscopy at the end of the month and it will probably be followed by an endoscopy. In the mean time I am in the middle of an attack of something. It seems as if I have always craved sweets, lately to the point where I have no will power to resist. Usually these cravings follow meals. I even wake up in the morning looking for something with sugar in it. I have noticed when what I am calling an attack ( constipation, shortness of breath, gas trapped in my chest and abdominal area, chest pain) happends , if I eat candy, cookies, brownies, or cake, I feel better. Once it is digested the symptoms return. 5 days ago after talking with a friend I decided to give up the sweets and see what happend. Today has been the worst. All of my symptoms have hit me full force. I would love to know if anyone else has experienced this and what should I eat to calm the whole thing down? I did notice that the day before I gave up the sweets I had lunch at Red Lobster and I think that started this attack. I vaguely remember that I had a similar reaction back in December after eating there. I know stress plays some part in this as well. I just want to be able to sit down and eat something without feeling like I am going to pass out from lack of oxygen.