Hey guys I just joined. So I am a freshman in high school, I found out I had IBS recently, but I have been having symptoms for 2 years now. School completely sucks. Ever since 8th grade I have been terrified to go to school. It's so embarrassing when your in a class with 30 students and it is dead quite and your stomach is making weird noises. I always feel so sick and get really bad cramps when it is bad. I have really good friends, but I feel like I can't hang out with anyone anymore. I've been depressed lately and my parents don't understand AT ALL. The only person who has been helping me is my cousin, but it sucks that my parents get mad when I say I don't feel good. I stayed home sick today, but last time I stayed home sick my dad punished me because he said I should have been at school. They don't understand how bad it is and most of the time I feel like I don't want to live anymore. I've been taking Imodium for 3 weeks now, and it's helping, but I still have terrible stomach aches. Most of the time I feel like a bunch of gas is trapped inside me and I get bad acid reflex so I feel like I'm going to throw up. Another thing is I'm lactose so that doesn't help. What do I say to my parents to make them understand that I'm not going to always feel good and sometimes I need to skip school? Somebody please help I can't deal with this anymore.