Like others in this room, i remember the very first day the smell started. I was in a place where I was trapped with other people and i stunk. I had never smelled that smell before....it was like someone set fire to a bag of poop. Immediately though, I somehow knew it was me. The problem for me continued for about 3 months and went away on its own. (THANK GOD!!!!) Those were the worst three months of my life. I went to a doctor and he told me that he had never heard of such a thing. Someone on this message board posted something about a pheremone to repel others...I think that is an interesting theory. At the time I was in a place where i was forced to be around alot of people more closely than ever in my life. I would get extremely nervous and then the smell would come...especially when i was around alot of people. I began to believe maybe i had an incontinence problem. But when i would go to the bathroom and wipe, there would be nothing there. I believe that it was a physical problem that can react to you level of stress and nervousness. Once I was able to be around people and not think about the problem, it went away on its own. Like i said, I believe it is a physical problem that can be triggered by fear, anxiety, your want not to be around poeple (for fear of smelling) and being uncomfortable. The problem actually first presented itself when i was in high school. When I was smoking pot, i would get so paranoid that my sphincter would start spasming and release the smell (which led to me quickly quitting). I think that my fear of being around people because of the smell led me to such a level of paranoia about the smell itself, that it caused the problem. I do believe that the person who said something about the pheremone may be onto something. This is a problem for me that started physical. There was one day (the day before the smell started, where i was having unusually thin bowel movements and i had to strain to get them out, which i think started the physical problem, but it soon became a physical problem triggerred mentally and emotionally. When i thought about whether or not i smelled, like clockwork, i could feel a reaction happening, but i couldnt keep the thought out of my head. BUT THERE IS HOPE. As soon as i learned not to be afraid of smelling or even acknowledge it, it went away on its own.