I looked/googled and saw a lot of things about smoking cigarettes making IBS worse, but is it at all possible they could help?I started smoking in January when I moved to London, and I remember vaguely wondering if smoking could help IBS because I noticed on the days I did smoke my stomach felt way better. Then I started smoking more and more, and the whole time I was in London my stomach was fine. I could eat whatever I wanted, I was never constipated or had D. (I have both symptoms.) Literally, it was like I didn't have IBS at all for 5 months.I quit when I moved back to the states, and ever since my stomach has been HORRIBLE. The past two weeks have been awful, and it JUST occurred to me today that maybe this could be why. I talked to my doctor before, and we talked about diet change, etc. and my diet has been the same, I've exercised more and drank less alcohol since being back, so there's no reason I should be so sick. The only major difference is that I quit smoking. Is it possible the cigarettes were what was keeping my IBS in check? I want to quit smoking because of all of the horrible consequences, but every day since I've been back I've ended up curled in my bed with the worst cramps, feeling so incredibly ill.