I am 61 and have suffered with IBS since the age of 9. Unfortunately my condition has worsened in the last 3 years and I have become anxious about travelling and if I wasn't retired, there would be no way that I could work. I am on the low fodmap diet, which seems to help but I have lost all enjoyment in food. I'm fed up trying to second guess what causes a flare up. Although I have been on several medications to help with my IBS symptoms, my doctor decided to take me off all of these a month ago. Since then I have had two major flare ups which now include vomiting as well as sudden cramps and unpleasant visits to my friend/enemy the toilet! I'm tired, cold and miserable. But hey...it's only IBS! I feel once diagnosed some doctors dismiss you and I can't remember when my abdomen was last touched. A two minute consultation without hands on? I don't find this embarrassing but I do find being dismissed frustrating. I'm here, I'm in pain, it's affecting my life!