Hey, I feel your pain, literally! I decided that after the holidays I would, for sure, finally, after much humilation, embarassment and social isolation, make an appointment with a GI doc. I have mixed D & C with tons of bad gas. To my surprise, they got me in the next day (yikes...I was hoping it would take longer!). I was really relieved and comforted that I went. The doc was kind, understanding and told me many things I didn't know. If this makes anyone feel any better (LOL), he told me that if you are in a line of 10 people at the store, 4 have IBS or likely symptoms. I gave him a long list of what I have tried over the years, the diets I have tried, the Activa, the Citricil, the Digesterol routine, etc....I had written down all the symptoms, all thr vitamins & medications I was taking, all the research I had found on this site as to treatment and possible tests. He complimented me on doing my homework...thanks to this site! In fact, he said I had a list of my own treatment plan. He said he would recommend all the tests I had researched for all the possible problems. He said I may have to live with IBS for a lifetime (yuk) but he can help me keep the symptoms at bay or lessen the problem. Of course, the first thing on our list was colonoscopy/endoscopy. The lab drew tons of blood to test for celiacs, gall bladder, H-Pylori, etc. (research this site!). I have to cut back on the Citricil. No Omega 3. No salads. Add 1-2 stool softeners per day (Peri-Colace), keep a calendar of what I am eating, how much I am going and what it is like, what triggers the bad stuff. Also a perscrip. for Zantax for the panic attacks I have developed as a result of this. On Jan. 17 I have to have the horrible colonoscopy thing but he assured me I'd be out for the procedure (thank you!). We are going to meet after that but he also said a lot of this is due to stress and we are going to work on learning to manage it better (don't know if that's going to happen). Anyway...I really was happy I found a great, concerned doc right away. I feel he will help with at least getting to the bottom of it and maybe getting it under control. Good luck to all of you.