I've been around here for a while as I sought to deal with what I thought was IBS (constipation, bloating, gas), and, after an endoscopy a few years back that came up clear, this was confirmed by the doctors. I've always been open to the mind/body theories so I have had no resistance to following the approaches set out by Dr Sarno and others. Last February the symptoms changed to ongoing diarrhea and bloating, which was extremely alarming and has made it difficult to function, indeed on some days to leave the house, and that's when the alarm bells started ringing in my head. I had a colonoscopy two days ago and have now been given the diagnosis of diverticular disease/diverticulosis. I'm thankful that nothing more worrying was found. So I'm taking stock again. I'll be seeing my GP at some point to discuss the way forward, but as I understand it many older people such as myself (I'll be 70 in a few days time) develop diverticular pouches in the colon and go to their graves completely asymptomatic. So even though there is a physical reason for my symptoms, I believe that there is reason enough to continue the mind/body work that I have been doing for the past couple of years (I'm currently following Nicole Sachs' protocol). I fit the TMS personality type to a T and I know that stress and anxiety and the "fight or flight' reflex can wreat havoc on the gut. In addition have a history of disorded eating and food binging when I was younger as a way of dealing withe stress, so the poor old digestive system has taken a battering over the years. I now consciously choose to eat healthily, though with the diarrhea the temptation is not to eat as much (for obvious reasons!) but I have been advised by my GP that I have to keep up my normal food intake as the body needs the nutrients more than ever now. It feels as if I'm starting a new chapter here. It's a question of managing the symptoms rather than fixing the problem as you can't make the diverticular pouches go away, aside from bowel surgery which I would like to avoid if possible, and anyway I'm not at the stage where that would be recommended. I really hope that with patience and persistence, and at the right time, the symptoms will at least die down and enable me to live a reasonable life for the rest of my time here. If anyone has any thoughts, or experience, I'd love to hear it.