I've been suffering from IBS for 3 years now, having started aged 36. I'm male and have had no other instances of IBS in my life. Repeated visits to the doctor have found nothing through blood tests or a sigmoidoscopy. I have tried all sorts of other things including Aloe Vera, grapefruit seed extract, exclusion of alcohol, caffeine, wheat. A private stool sample I had done found high levels of wheat in my gut but the proposed remedy (grapefruit seed extract) made no difference.
I struggle to classify my IBS. Constipation or diarrhoea don't really cover it. It is the same every day without fail, starting with discomfort in the morning alleviated when I first manage to go to the toilet around 9am. Mornings are bearable after that. As the day progresses I go regularly (5-10 times a day), but by the afternoon it is harder to go and the discomfort increases. By evening I'm in great discomfort and can rarely go (probably because nothing left to come out). I haven't gone to bed or woken up feeling comfortable for 3 years. It is ruining my life and I'm getting quite depressed by the relentless nature of it. Anti-depressants (now off them, probably going back on) have helped with state of mind I think.
I'm not convinced there isn't something else underlying it. I know IBS is very varied, but many people talk about avoiding the things that brings it on and getting it under control somehow. Nothing I have done has even touched the symptoms, and I'm getting steadily worse as time ticks on.
I'm really just hoping for more ideas. More suggestions of things to try, whether it be diet or other. Or has anyone had a similar version of IBS and found something that works for them?