I of course do not feel qualified to offer expert advice but based upon recent posts from the Vets here, most would be asking you for more background info, etc. And if you have been tested for food sensitivities, etc. You may have a gluten allergy, just for one example.
I've personally discovered that managing my IBS symptoms is like assembling a puzzle. If all the pieces are in place I do okay. Not great. The only time I seem to do great is after a bowel prep for a colonoscopy. I have an almost normal (minimal bms per day, no D) 1 or 2 week span. Until all the stool builds up again.
I feel my best when I follow a plain, low residue diet, keep my stress level as low as possible, eat small, very light meals, do not eat after dinner, take 50 mg of Colace each evening before bedtime, avoid foods/beverages I know I shouldn't have, have moderate exercise per day, and have the freedom to say no to certain social outings that would make things difficult for me. Add anything to the mix such as - traveling, family vacation, gearing up for a party, the entire xmas schedule, shopping, cleaning, baking, socializing - then my IBS goes into overdrive. I'm a mess. So consequently I do well when I follow the above and lead a very quiet lifestyle.
It's perfectly fine to say the word no - no to many things. I've actually perfected this!
But it's taken me a long time to get to this point. 10 years now.
Hopefully someone else will be of real help to you. I do think IBS can be individual, what helps one person, may not help another. It's up to each of us to become our own advocates and often times figure all of this out on our own. Until a doctor walks a day in our shoes, I just don't think they can even fathom what we all go thru. It would be nice if they could though. Then we'd be making some progress.
Hang in there.....you are certainly not alone in this struggle. Give it time, others will respond to your plea for help.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening