I'm having an episode of IBS this weekend, so I'm not happy! It started about 20 years ago but I have long spells with no symptoms (which makes me think it's a fabricated illness -until the next episode!)
I have diahorrea-dominant IBS and have experienced faecal incontinence which is extremely embarrassing! I've been given Colpermin and have recently bought hyoscine butyl bromide/ Buscopan but neither seem to help.
I was on NSAID's for sciatica over the years which affect the stomach and was prescribed amitriptiline for the same condition but found it too sedating.
I understand the comments about becoming reclusive as I frequently remain at home instead of socialising for fear of not being near a toilet.
However, I do think there is a psychological aspect to the condition. It may be the chicken and egg question but I am usually stressed when I have a recurrence.
Maybe my activities stress me or maybe I'm stressed by the stomach cramps and need to find a loo!
I recently went back to running (with the NHS choices couch to 5k) and hope it will help...