I've been suffering on and off from IBS since I was about 6, with years of health (well not really, but no IBS) in between. Then in my late teens it came back, and I used to be sick fairly often, but now it's been 4 or 5 years that I almost don't have any problems. I get some D/C evil mix with cramps and everything *maybe* every 3 or 4 months and it's not that bad. I noticed that what helped the most was:-knowing what I was suffering from. I used to think I was about to die, especially as a child,knowing I didn't have anything deadly helped me to relax during the D attacks making them not so unbearable. -eating whatever i want to eat whenever i want to. i eat what my body feels like eating. so if one week i want to eat fried foods and greasy chicken and the next i can't eat anything but carrots, bread and yogurt so be it. nobody forces me to eat in a way i don't want to. -antidepressants. I'm on them because of depression, but I noticed my IBS got better as well. the first weeks on them it was actually worse because of side effects, but then they helped me relax as well (including some freaky zen sessions to the bathroom i can't really explain. but uhm...it helped. zen poopin' technique.)-finding out that analgesic and antispastic drugs don't do anything at all for my cramps, but some drops of lexotan (insert your antianxiety of choice here) help a lot. just a few. much less than you would take for a panic attack.and, just to get the cramps a little better, not a long-term thing, i put myself under the covers, dressed, sometimes with the coat on, boots, and sweat a lot. it helps. am i crazy or someone else does it as well?