Hi, her problem at staying home is the fear of a car ride and not finding a restroom. Or if we go somewhere I have to make sure there is a restroom, BUT when I have done this, (finding a restroom) we would go and the bathroom will be out of order!!! That has happened twice to us, so in her mind, this will always be a major problem. So, go out and have a heart attack or stay home? The answer, to her, is stay home and deal with it. This is no life for her, believe me we have tried everything, but NO medicine, the side effects are worse that the problem itself. I have done research and IBS can cause some phobias, depends on the person. The only test done that night in the emergency room was from a Doctor that had IBS running in his family!! He knew exactly what it was. ( This was after 4 emergency rooms visits, stool samples, and about 5 office visits).