My doctor never really told me how to deal with IBS so I kind of had to figure out on my own. One thing I found that helped quite a bit for me was music. Kind of a mind over matter thing. Keeps my mind from wandering to thinking the worse when I get the pain. It doesn't always work completely but made a difference with me. I was wondering if music helped anyone else and what they listened to to help. A large part of mine consisted of Owl City, Death Cab for Cutie, Andy McKee, weirdly enough Christmas jazz music.