I have had Ibs for 20yrs, not had a normal bm for 10mths. Had colonoscopy, ecat scan, lactose test, fecal & blood tests. Been on FODMAP which didn't,t seem to help.
My GP has been wonderful (I narrowly avoided having an episode in her surgery)!!! She prescribed Imodium which seemed to start me bed soiling so soon gave that up. The gastrologist prescribed codeine & fybogel which took a few weeks to kick in but did firm things up a bit. Then week before Xmas had three days nearly normal. Good Xmas, eating well and drinking wine. Two days after Boxing Day started having 'accidents' again. One night, I should have been in a social group of about 40 people but my partner couldn't make it so luckily for me I was at home when I had my worst accident ever. I couldn't get from my chair to the loo in time. Talk about the s...hitting the fan, I hardly knew how to clean myself up. What if I had gone out that night? How could anyone survive the embarrassment? But throughout all this I have been pain free which has to be a bonus.