I have literally just joined the forum, even though I was diagnosed with IBS-D 17 years ago. I was put onto Immodium and buscopan to control the symptoms, and after 6 years, one day I was suddenly symptom-free (the doctor had said this was always a possibility but I thought he was just trying to make me feel better being 11 at the time!) and this lasted for 7 years. However, at times of great stress the symptoms started to re-appear, usually a few months of hell, which was always semi-controlled by Immodium and buscopan.
This is another one of those times. However, now there seems to be much more info on IBS and I would like to ask if anybody has used Saccharomyces boulardii (a probiotic yeast)? It has been used in Europe to treat diarrhea for a long time and a clinical study has shown its use in helping to treat IBS-D and IBD. There is a lots of info on the web about it and you can buy it in the form of a pill called 'Diarsafe'. I have started taking one pill in the morning and one at night for the last 3 days and have found it already has decreased the volume of diarrhea and the pain that comes with it. It has had no side-effects (naturally extracted from lychee and mangosteen fruit) and I tolerate it better than probiotic bacteria.
It would be really interesting to know if other IBS-D sufferers have had the same experience?