Hi- I am new here. I will write more later, but here is my general advice. I am have alternating C and D, both with cramps. Immodium is great, but it causes C which leads to more pain. I take Gas-X (simethicone)and it is amazing, I wish I could take it more. Bean-o is a great enzyme, that helps wih most foods.(you can find it at any gorcery or drugstore) I am trying to take the multiple enzyme, but so far it leads to D. Occasionally, it has worked miracles to take an enzyme with food. The problem with G and Bloating could be caused by digestion that is too slow- enzymes would help a lot. Citracel is great. The mental connection to IBS is very real for most people. Worrying about IBS makes it worse, which is sadly ironic, because IBS is a condition that creates great anxiety and social phobias. What has helped me the most is the anti-depressant, Remeron. Unfortunatley, the fabulous side effects, which made IBS disappear for a time, tend to fade away, and I am having problems again. The drug continues to treat my depression well. Remeron is the only anti-depressant that had such a positive effect on me. Meditation and yoga,journal writing,and basic stretching, as well as a LOT of exercise have helped to decrease all symptoms, esp C and G. These activities just make everything work better, and the body can resolve itself to some degree. I have struggled with panic disorder and anxiety for several years, and have concluded that the IBS will all but vanish once I am mentally under control. The down side to that, is that I can't even imagine being under control of my mental state for an extended period of time!
I am a 6-yr vegetarian, and am just about ready to become a Vegan out of desperation. Recently, I heard about the new drug to come out in the market to treat IBS (hopefully in Jan-2000). I am praying it will be the "cure" for as many of us as possible. I will make a better effort to stay on the topic at hand next time! Thanks