I joined this message board a couple months ago when things started getting pretty bad. I don't really post a lot but I came here mostly for support. I had no idea that there were so many people suffering from the same awfulness! I'd always relied on Immodium (or offbrand versions) but I didnt want to build up a dependence. So I started going through the forums for ideas and suggestions of things I could try. No one knows about my 'condition' so to speak and I am too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone but this board so I needed to come up with something and fast! Specially since I knew I was going to be taking a couple day/weekend trips with friends and my boyfriend. The following is what I've been doing for roughly 5-6 weeks and it has made my life SO much better! I dont feel as nervous going over to my boyfriend's house, I don't feel as nervous going out to dinner with friends, and I'm not as worried about our big new years eve party this year. • I started keeping a food diary. Every day I wrote down everything I ate. How many of what pills I took. When I felt okay. When I felt bloated. When I had D. Etc. to see if I could notice a pattern. • I started taking:- Calcium (just one tablet every other day so I wouldnt overload myself. I heard that can cause C.)- Vitamin D (recommended dosage according to the bottle)- Digestive Advantage (just one capsule a day though the box says some people might need 2)- Peppermint Pills (just one unless I feel particularly iffy and then I'll take one before leaving the house too)- Acidolpholous (I've always drank that kind of milk since my mom is lactose intolerant, but I found that adding 1 - 2 capsules a day really helps too specially if I am not eating as much cereal or drinking a lot of milk that day).• I gave up coffee, caffeine and soda. I actually gave up soda over the summer and have felt better in general so I thought why ot also give up coffee. I allow myself a small cup maybe once a week but I now drink Peppermint Tea every single morning. This stuff is awesome! Whoever on this board recommended it to me, THANK YOU. I also sometimes drink a cup before going out to dinner, or going over to a friend's house. I dont know if its all in my head or if its the peppermint, but I feel soothed.• I always always always carry 4 - 6 Immodium in my pocket just to feel 'safe'. I've found that if in my HEAD I feel 'okay' and not as nervous or concerned, then that worry won't transfer to my stomach and I'll be okay a little longer. • I started exercising back in August and I think that is also helping. I exercise 3 - 5 times a week depending on my schedule, doing a combination of pilates, yoga and zumba. I'm assuming that this is at least helping me get healthier, not sure if its directly affecting the ibs or not, but as it is a change I've made in the last few months, I wanted to put that in here. Like I said, I don't know if this is all in my head or not, but after I started the Digestive Advantage, about 10 days into using it, I noticed a HUGE change. I realized I hadnt had any 'attacks' in several days. I could make it through the night without getting up except to pee. I could go out to dinner with my friends and as long as I didn't eat anything fried or dairy-based, I was generally okay. It has totally changed my outlook! Not a cure, I still worry about the D, but I havent had any bad, embarrassing or exceptionally painful episodes in at least 3 weeks. And I didn't have to give up red wineI wanted to share just in case any of this might work for someone else! Happy Holidays everyone!!!