D = DiarrheaC = ConstipationA = Alternating between C & DYou will also see the following acronyms:BM = Bowel movementMIL = Mother in lawmo = momentw/o = withoutGI = Usually means GastroenterologistPC = Primary care physicianGP = General physicianSBFT = Small Bowel Follow Through (barium swallow)EGD = Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (upper GI endoscopy)OTC = Over the counterRX = PrescriptionI'm sure there are many more but that's all I can think of at the moment. If I remember anything else I will come back and add it.I have IBS-A (alternating between constipation and diarrhea), you will find many members on this site have IBS-D (diarrhea predominant IBS), and a handful have IBS-C (constipation predominant IBS). I didn't know about any these acronyms either; this site has sure taught me a lot.Yes, absolutely veggies cause gas. Especially raw. You don't need to throw away your veggies, just cook them thoroughly. Or eat them raw in moderation. Big gas producers are onions, bell peppers, garlic, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, salad and beans. Fruits do it too, especially apples.You are correct, Beano is bought OTC.I'm not sure which probiotic is best; they're all great for you. It just depends which is easiest on your body (kind of like fiber). I can't take Acidophilus because it causes me way too much gas, however, there are tons of people on this site that take it religiously and love it. You just have to pick one and give it a shot for a couple weeks.
I found this somewhere online its called "Good Nutrition and Great Food When You're Eating for IBS" By Heather Van Vorous. Author of Eating for IBS.
She really helps in explaining foods that are Soluble Fiber Foods, which you can eat with IBS and Insoluble Fiber Foods (that she suggest you don't eat them alone or on a empty stomach. She suggest that you eat the insoluble fiber foods with a larger quantity of soluble fiber. She gives a list of both. This has helped me more than anything in knowing what to eat. She suggest that you watch your portions and eat small meals.
I've started having problems about 2 months ago. I thought it would finally go away but it hasn't. I did go to the doctor which diagnosed me with IBS. He has gave me medicine (which I have not started taking because I'd rather just do it naturally) and he told me to start taking Benefiber. Which hasn't bothered me in anyway. Its actually helped.
Hope this helps