Thank you all for your welcomes and information!
Lil, I have seen adverts for the yoghurts wth probiotics - is that the same type of thing? My doctor is actually really rubbish. I can't see the same doctor every time I go, you can only see who is available on teh day, so the level of care and attention you get can vary.
When I was diagnosed with IBS, I had been going to the doctors for months because I was complaining of mucus in my stools and stomach pain. No tests were done, I was just told that is what it probably was and was given Buscopan to try and relive the pain. I wasa fine for ages after that, and its just recently it has come back again. I have tried the same tablets, as they are now available without prescription but they didn't work.
I will try what you have suggested though, as I am willing to try anything to make me spend less time in the bathroom!