Posted 07 June 2007 - 06:35 PM
Hello, I've been reading this bulletin board for several months, but this is my first time posting. I am thinking of trying some kind of probiotic supplement, but I'm not sure if that's right for me. I have had IBS for ~4 years now. The major symptoms are abdominal pain, bloating, and mild C that is controlled somewhat by a fiber supplement. Usually a normal day includes several trips to the bathroom, starting in the morning and continuing after lunch, and only after those several trips and a sense of "complete evacuation" does the pain start to subside, and then I feel relatively normal in the evening. Previously, I have tried Bentyl, which only made the C worse, and Zelnorm, which just caused massive D (which I never have otherwise). My next plan is to possibly try taking a probiotic supplement, perhaps Align or acidophilus; however, I am concerned that either of these (and especially Align) might worsen the C. In general, it seems like probiotics are much more effective treatments for IBS-D than they are for IBS-C. Has anyone tried probiotics for IBS-C?Thanks!