I also have D first thing in the morning. In fact, I go and think that I am done. Before I am out of my bedroom, I am back in the bathroom 2 more times. It doesn't matter how long I sit there, it always takes 3 trips.
After a meal... sometimes I don't even make it through the meal. I am up and running. It is awful, and I dread eating out and family meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas. My immediate family understands, as much as they can, but it seems as if no one else (extended family and friends) can get this!
Personally, my diarrhea is cyclical, and comes about every 2 months and lasts for about 2 months.
Sometimes I just have Phlemmy-junk. I also have ulcerative colitis. So, I have blood in my stools too. I am still not quite sold on the idea that I have IBS, as there is blood every time that I have diarrhea. I am seeking a second opinion and a new GI.
It is good that you finally feel like you can talk about this. It is certainly not a fun topic. I dread thinking that I will be spending the rest of my life looking in the toilet.