I have IBS. I'm 30 and i've had it since I was at least 15 but probably before that, I just don't remember. I have extreme constipation, gas and I bloat every single day. I follow a low fodmap diet with extra exclusions. I've had every test you can think of, seen a gastroenterologist and have a dietician. I'm told I don't have a gluten sensitivity but being gluten free helps a little. I don't eat dairy and it helps a little but I haven't been tested whether I have a lactose sensitivity or not. Nothing has ever helped stop the bloat. I wake up flat and look pregnant by the time I go to bed. If I eat too many carbs than I don't even wake up flat. Sometimes I go up a dress size from the bloat and cant fit into my own clothes. I have lived with it everyday and it means I cant lead a normal life. I'm uncomfortable, hate myself, always worried about food. The only thing that has helped the tiniest bit is a very low carb diet. But all it does is mean ill wake up flat. I'm still bloated by the end of the day. And I cant sustain it because i'm fairly active and I got Adrenal Fatigue from going low carb.
Anyway that's just a bit about me. My actual question to you is has anyone had success with being put on a low dose anti depressant for their IBS? My Doctor has prescribed Escitalopram for me and I have been on it a week so far. No improvements yet but she says it can take up to six weeks to work.