Posted 4/5/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)
Beano or Gas-x are both helpful for relief of gas symptoms, also avoiding gas-producing foods (although this never really helps me that much). Your symptoms sound almost exactly like mine - some milk intolerance (not sure if it's the lactose or the protein), lots of gas/bloating, mainly C with the occasional bout of D. Lying on your right side will help the gas to pass while at home (though I know you can't exactly do that in the office...), as well as moving around - could you get up and walk for a while, or pace inside the bathroom a little? And when you say it's affecting your employment, what exactly do you mean?
And yes, people are generally less than sympathetic about IBS, and treat it as if it's either all in your head, or something that you just need to try harder to fix, etc. Good luck to you with all the tests and things.