Hello, I am a fellow IBS sufferer.
Let me give you a little background on myself. I was diagnosed with IBS in college in 2000 by my GI doc.
My previous years my stomach has been alright, when I started taking antibiotics for random bacterial infections (strep) is when my stomach went to HELL.
I started taking ammodium every day to control my BM. It worked a year a so. The side effect of taking ammodium every day is that you cannot control your anal spincter muscles (leakage).
I stopped taking ammodium when I noticed I could hold my BM less and less. I tell you drugs are a great miracle to help you with the immediate problem, but the long term side effects are terrible.
I stopped taking anything and just lived with the D. I tell you I have to keep gatoraide on had b/c you loose so many electrolytes at a given time and it destroyes your day.
One thing that is starting to help is a probiotic, I have been taking Activia (strawberry fruitista) and I see that it is starting to help a bit. I need to establish normal flora again, b.c these antibiotics have wiped out my flora.
Glad I found this forum,