I've had IBS for 6 years and it is fair to say that it is really depressing and at time all consuming! The strange thing is that until about 6 months ago I had sort of accepted it as something I was stuck with! For me it is painful, embarrassing but worst of all when it is bad it really gets me down, especially when you don't really feel like you can speak to anyone about it!
It is worst for me in the mornings and what actually prompted action was my boss sitting me down and giving me a right telling off for being late (again). I realised at that point I couldn't let it carry on dominating my life and my emotional well being. I am happy to say that after a lot of changes I finally, after 6 years, feel like I've got a handle on it!! It goes without saying I am chuffed to have my mornings back without rushing to the loo every five minutes and feeling sick until lunch time!
Here is what worked for me:
1. I cut out overly rich or greasy foods (curry, greasy fry ups etc)
2. I (try) not to over eat
3. I ditched caffeine
4. I bought a treadmill and finally regularly exercise
5. I gave myself time in the morning - by not rushing I lowered my stress levels (which is one of my IBS' triggers)
6. This is the biggy - I started drinking Aloe Vera juice everyday! I must admit I was dubious but my fiancé pushed me into it and I thought it was worth a go. Thankfully it REALLY works (cue slightly smug fiancé). I noticed a reduction in pain/urgency to run to the bathroom within 10 days or so. Oddly with the exercise and no caffeine I also feel more energetic than I did when I was filling myself with Red Bull!
I now maintain this routine and touch wood I have been largely trouble free for the last 3 months or so - not bad after 6 years unrelenting IBS! I get my juice from here 440500005134.myforever.biz/... (they've also got a Facebook page called Heart of Aloe if you've got any questions) and I couldn't recommend it highly enough!
I hope this helps others as much as it has helped me!