hi - I'm 21 and have lived with IBS for nearly a year and a half however have only been diagnosed within the last month. Initially I was referred to a specialist after :2 sets of blood tests, carried out 6 months apart, came back positive for coeliac disease. I had an endoscopy and a colonscopy both of which came back clear. The specialist informed me he was diagnosing it as IBS and left it at that. I have taken loperamide, colofac and bucospan. I also have eliminated most dairy produce from my diet and take peppermints and peppermint tea. There is rarely a day that goes past where I don't take loperamide. I'm finding it really hard to cope and the thought of the year ahead of me makes me more anxious. I find the whole situation very embarrassing and difficult to talk about (mainly because of the age group that im in) I have stopped going out socializing with friends because it seems to flare up around these times. I'm very lucky to have an extremely understanding boyfriend who's female friend suffers from IBS on a worse level. Generally i have loose stools cramps headaches tiredness bloated extreme nausea however in the past week the cramps have become agonizingly painful. It has also gotten to he stage where i have the painful cramps and real need to go to the toilet however the stools have become harder and as a result i am in alot of pain. Any advice at all on what steps I should take would be really appreciated!