Reading posts on this site has been illuminating. I have had IBS for as long as I can remember (I'm 66). Even as a small child I can remember saying I had a 'funny feeling and tummy ache' and doctors scratching their heads about the cause, which was never found. Over the years I've had barium meals, barium enemas, sigmoidoscopies and colonoscopies and apart from diverticulosis, nothing else to explain my symptoms has ever been found. IBS therefore is the diagnosis. Most on here seem to have 'flare ups' of their IBS whereas I have the severe abdominal pain 24/7 - I'm never, ever free of it. I don't have diarhorrea and not really severe constipation, just bloating, flatulence, gurgling, nausea and hard stools. My problem is the pain, which at times is unbearable. I used to work for a GP who always said the old thing - it's anxiety' and used to say that the only anxiety I had was the IBS! Having recently been on anti anxiety tablets, I can report no change! I met my husband when I was 14 and he tells everyone that he has spent all the years we've been together massaging my painful stomach and abdomen. Well that's got that off my chest. It's good to have people who understand, because if I tell those that do not suffer that I have pain ALL the time, I don't think they believe it can possibly be true. I'm going to buy the Irritable Bowel Solutions book, although over the years I've read everything I could get my hands on, but I'm always willing to try another book. I'm also going to try the Fodmap diet, but I'm not that hopeful, having tried all sorts of diets in the past. I'll let you know how I get on.