I was first diagnosed with IBS about 30 years ago - flare ups involved lower abdominal pain & cramps (like very bad period pain) but no constipation or diarrhoea. I had my gall bladder removed 11 years ago. For the last 9 months I have been suffering with bloating (whole abdomen not just lower) and much looser stools (though not diarrhoea). It got to the stage I felt like I was 8 months pregnant (but I can assure you I am not!). My GP has done blood tests and ruled out anything sinister and believes this is IBS. Has anyone else had a huge change in their IBS symptoms. My next step is to do a food elimination diet - if I can get my head around it.