Welcome, I am fairly new to the site myself, but I have found you will get some good advice from the members; I have had IBS for 4 years now, and it is very hard to live with for me. I have the severe abdominal pain as well - constantly. My IBS began as Abd pain and awful diarrhea, now alternates with constipation as well. Either way, I always have the pain. Try to avoid red sauces for sure and greasy fast food, onions, peppers and things like that. Maybe try to eat some bland food; I also think sometimes heating pad or warm bath can help if you don't have any contradictions to that. Look around on the forum on other topics and you will find some helpful information. I hope you find the right med and get to feeling better soon.
severe post-infectious ibs d x 4 yrs alternating now w/ibs c; gerd; hx of c-diff; some type of myalgia; migraines, anxiety, depression, ptsd; endometriosis; gallbladder removed; liver adenoma removed; multiple hospitilizations for abd pain; hysterectomy + adhesion removal; meds: darvocett, cymbalta, mobic, vivelle patch, as needed= xanax, clonopin, maxalt, phenergan, levosin, amitiza & restoril.