I have not visited this site for awhile because I was starting to get really discouraged listening to all the things that people were having to do to live with IBS. Since then I have been seeing a Homeopathic doctor. When I told her about my IBS she immediately tested me for food allergies. All the regular doctors I had gone to in the past had never even thought about testing me for food allergies. All they ever said was not to eat spicy foods. Well, it turns out that I have several food allergies, the most severe being dairy and garlic. These are two foods that I used to eat several times a day. My husband's family owns a dairy and ice cream plant, so this was hard news to take. I have been trying my best to stay away from all of my allergy foods and it has helped my IBS greatly. When I do eat something I'm allergic to I pay for it either the next day or two days after. Food allergies may not be the diagnosis for everyone, but I suggest you give it a try. It's worthwhile. It's a simple blood test. Homeopathic doctors can also help your whole body. Because of my food allergies, my immune system was working overtime causing me to get infections very easily. Now I am not having as many problems. One of the great things about the homeopathic cures is that you don't feel any bad side affects. There's no medication that makes you feel drowsy or gives you headaches. I'll stop preaching now, but I wanted to share this with all of you in the hopes that maybe I can help a little.