If it hurts don't eat it..... It's been with me for some time, I am 28, and feeling good, I was 14 when I found out. I suffered until I realized I had the control to choose the foods, I stopped working full time a couple of years ago, becuase it would be C and then D, and back and forth, I had gotten severl fisurs back to back. And then I would have panic D, in the middle of a meeting. I realized that my stress was controlling my life, and It didn't help that I was eating nasty cafiteria food on top of it.
So when stress comes up I try to steer clear, but if I can't then I know I will suffer for days, with cramping and bloating. I am on somewhat of a routine, that I am sure will stop working at some point, but for now it's good. My biggest problem is C, for days 6-7 at times, and once you are in, there is no getting out, you loose any hunger feelings so you don't eat, the biggest thing I have found Lots and Lots of water, and it will save your life...hehe I don't eat to much at one time, and not until i feel hungry. I have 2 stong cups of coffee first thing in the AM to make sure I am moving right, then a cup full of dry frosted mini wheats. Then I have fruits and veggies through out the day, I stay away from most meats, especialy red ones, becuase they stick around for days. If the coffee doesn't do the trick in the am then I am working on more fiber in the afternoon, along with extra water. Most OTC meds, cause me to be C, so that doesn't help with the nausia. No Cheese, of any kind. small amounts of milk, never a glass of milk though, If I choose to have ice cream, mmm be aware of severe cramping, sometimes worth it sometimes not, this will cause the D, too many starches can cause concern. But when I am down and out and know that the coffee fiber and water are not coming to the rescue fast enought, I eat something really spicy, maybe a jar of salsa, a cajun dish, or something really fatty or something fried. I make sure I do lots of walking, not a lot of sitting, or nothing is going to move. And if I decide to take a night out on the town with the girls, there better be bathroom near by, I am not ashamed but I am discrete. I always know though, the biggest red flag for me is, if I'm not passing gas then I am in for a bad one. So go at your own pace, everyone is different, and good luck