For 12 months I have been struggling with a really bad flare up of IBS which started in earnest after a cancer diagnosis and then the death of my father. My GP has concluded that all my debilitating symptoms are mainly due to stress and anxiety and has prescribed cofolac and an antidepressant which are not making any difference to the daily lower abdominal pain. At one time it was so bad that I landed in hospital for 5 days and the gastro doctor asked if I had tried a good probiotic. I have done some research and ordered a strong probiotic (at quite a cost). However, these probiotics also contain prebiotics which they also call FOS which according to the FODMAPs diet contain all the things you shouldn't eat. Anyone had any problems with prebiotics and have I wasted my money? Sorry to be so long winded but I am at my wits end.