in your own experience with IBSc, how important is the use of a stool softener?The one I hear most success stories about is sodium ducoosate. In your management, do you take this product? do you take it regularly? Do you take it combined with a laxative. Incidentally, I am unfortunately having to deal with low back pain as wellas IBS for which I take oxycontin whcih is an opiate and causes constipation in additiomn to the IBS. ALways performg a balancing act as to the dosage of this drug to counter the effects upon the colon.