I've just been diagnosed with IBS-D in the past few weeks and have been reading through the posts here, it's great to see so much help and support. I've been feeling totally lost about what to do to ease my symptoms, and it's been getting me really down as I don't want this to interfere with my life so much. At the moment, I am having to take time off work, and it's making me scared to go out with friends for dinner/drinks in case I have a bad episode, and I'm supposed to be going on holiday next week and I don't want my holiday ruined, I've worked so hard for it!
My doctor initially got me Mebeverine tablets, but these actually just caused extreme constipation (without meaning to overshare, I was at one point screaming with pain when I went for a poo), so I stopped taking these tablets. I was also worried that they would interact with my contraceptive pill.
I have also been keeping a food diary for several months now, and frustratingly I can see absolutely no pattern between my IBS-D symptoms and my diet. I have a fairly balanced healthy diet in general (bit of a sweet tooth, but *mostly* healthy ), and there doesn't seem to be any link between my bouts of IBS-D symptoms and anything like gluten or lactose. So I'm not sure if changing my diet would help, or what sort of changes would be best.
So, I feel a bit stuck with symptoms of heavy diarrhoea, cramping, and a pretty much constant gurgling unsettled feeling. I've also lost weight, I suppose because I'm not really taking much of the food in before I get rid of it with the diarrhoea. It's really getting me down and beginning to seriously interfere with my work and my life. If anyone has any thoughts on diet/medication changes I could make based on what I've tried so far, then I'd be really appreciative.