I was first diagnosed with IBS when I was 17 years old along with having a problem that causes "skrinkage of the bladder". So having those both, really killed me. I missed 40 days of school my last semester in high school!!! I hated that. I took some kind of small blue pill that I had to stick underneath my tongue before I ate meals. I had to go to therapy for life changing events because stress only made it worse. And, I had to also change my diet. I drank nothing but water, and ate rice and very bland foods up until last March (2002). It was horrible! I sometimes have the same problems, but I try to ignore it!! Now, with the bladder thing, I had to have surgery. I had it last March...they streatched my bladder to be "normal" size. After that...NO PROBLEMS WITH IBS! The frequent bladder infections and IBS went away...something tells me they were very related. But, if I can figure out what the blue pill was...I could tell you. BUT! It really did no good for me...the surgery really helped me overcome IBS!