I've been diagnosed with IBS for about a year and a half now. I have noticed that extreme stress seems to bring on the worst of it. Although for me that means extreme bloating, gas pains rising into chest pains and major constipation. When I get these attacks I am unable to eat more than 300-500 calories a day, usually some type of rice product. It takes about 2 weeks to slowly get to some sort of regular diet. I have begun to notice that recently (the past 3 months) these attacks seem to start within a week of getting my monthly cycle. They seem to calm down within a week of it ending. Is it possible there is a hormonal connection? My doctor seems to be flaking out lately and every time i ask for more tests she keeps telling me to go to the gastroenterologist. He can't see me till the end of Sept. I won't have a colonoscopy till Oct (or an endoscopy). I have been on zelnorm but I don't think it made a difference, hyoscyamine, and nexium. Anyone have a suggestion as to what I should ask for next?