You have come to a good place to talk about this. What are your symptoms? Are you IBS-D, C, or A (alternates between diarreha & constipation)?
I have only had IBS-D for a year & a half now, but it has totally changed my life so I know what you are saying. It is frustrating. It is scary at times because you wonder if it is really IBS. For example, I worry that it could be something worse causing my diarrhea everyday. I've heen to 2 GI specialist, plus my normal Dr. They all say the same thing. I personally believe they think I'm crazy...which really makes me upset. Itis true that this IBS drives me crazy!
Let us know what kind of IBS you have an I know you will get some reassuring words.
This is a great and knowledgable group of people though we are all different in what we can tolerate food and medicine wise and our lifestyles are all different as we have all ages. Right now my IbS is in remission so to speak. Often we find things that will trigger attacks so a food diary is one thing that is often recommended. Another things it probiotics, either Digestive Advantage for IBS or another type from the drug store or health food store. I would say those are the main things that I have seen come up the most. One thing that many people are bothered by are the artificial sweetners so you might try avoiding them totally.
I have certainly never heard a Dr. say that about being so full of it that it causes diahrea and frankly that makes no sense to me as usually when we are constipated it is because the stools are just too hard and not moving properly so I don't know why that would suddenly turn to loose stools. Perhaps someone else has heard that. We have people on this forum that do go for weeks and people that go all day longs so you will find a good cross section of people. I am glad you have a new Dr that is trying to help. Frankly, they don't seem to know what to do but never seem to mention some of the things we see on here that help.
Everyone here is experiencing in some degree what you are so don't hesitate to say anything. It is a subject that can be somewhat embarrassing until you realize it is something we all share, unfortunately. Welcome
The AANP is a Seattle-based organization whose members have completed four years of academic training at the doctoral level and who are licensed or could be licensed and who want the profession regulated. Its directory lists about 500 members. Generally, this group favors extensive scientific education and licensing. It represents something of a cross between traditional naturopathy and conventional medicine and would like to achieve the status of primary care physicians. These naturopaths are trained in clinical pathology and use many conventional diagnostic procedures including, x-rays, electrocardiograms, ultrasound, and clinical laboratory tests to make a conventional western diagnosis. These practitioners also make a diagnosis using physical and laboratory procedures to access nutritional status, metabolic function and toxic load. They may use virtually any known natural remedy, which is viewed as a great advantage because it allows tailoring of the remedy to the individual without the need for multiple referrals. They perform minor surgeries, prescribe drugs, deliver babies, and diagnose and treat illness. In those states where they are licensed their role is much like a family practitioner or internist. When treating serious illness, they may choose to work jointly with the patient’s doctor, as their training recognizes that conventional healthcare is sometimes necessary.
Sabre, I found this link which lists naturopaths in Iowa. You can select the city closest to where you live.
I know this might sound bogus coming from a D.O.-to-be (not selling anything - I'm a medical student), but you might consider seeing a D.O. who has experience with osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). D.O.s learn the same embryology, histology, anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, etc. as M.D.s (four years of post-graduate education) but they have an additional educational component of OMM. They are able to perform surgery, prescribe meds, etc. (they can specialize in anything, including GI or neuro or internal medicine - same as an M.D.) There are peer-reviewed studies on the effectiveness of OMM in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Essentially, it's manual treatment of the musculoskeletal system. I first experienced OMM as a pre-med after a car accident. Really amazing stuff. I could tell you more about it but I might bore you to tears talking about myotendinous junctions and the like.