Thanks, dbab, for putting a topic sentence on this. (I didn't know how.) Gee, it was SO encouraging to see so many responses so soon!!!
KERIAMON - Thanks for your suggestions about banana chips & jerky. Yum!!! Seems to me you're lucky 'cuz you can nibble on figs and swill down prune juice...both fruit that I just love but can only look at, ha!
COSMOLUNA-I didn't know Lotronex was back on the market. Sounds like it doesn't work all that well for you. Is it still dangerous...or have they "fixed" it? Cutting out coffee is a bummer...I'm down to 1 cup per day. I'll give the potatoes a try.
I only had cramps the first 3 years. I believe at that time I tried to eat lots of yogurt w/ live cultures. Also, got a lot of relief when I finally convinced my Dr. to re-up my Paxil prescription...help for IBS seems to be a by-product of this medication. (I used to think it was placebo effect...but now there are white papers out about this.)
I'm incontinent, too. Not everyday incontinent...not even every week...or every month. But out of nowhere, I occasionally live up to my screen name...which is ok if I'm at home (I live alone) but a DISASTER at work. There is absolutely NO warning. I just found a pair of mesh pants & pads on line...got the mesh pants the next day. (Impressive service, I thought.) Will let you know how this solution works out, in case anybody else has a similar problem. It was difficult to sort out the fecal incontinence products from the urinary incontinence products...urinary incontinence seems to be more "popular." Too bad they don't make black lace panties for the ambulatory incontinent, ha! Actually, they'll probably start producing them soon now that the baby-boomers are aging although some of the folks posting here sound quite young.
Does anyone know if this is a hereditary condition? Both my mother & grandmother were diagnosed with "Spastic Colon." I'm sorry to say, I wasn't very compassionate at the time. They were both alcoholics, so I just told them to quit drinking. Looking back, I realize they probably drank heavily because of the condition.
Thanks, everybody, for all your help & suggestions!