Hi! D here!
Male. Now over 40. Diagnosed with IBS in 2000.
Had probably had a few episodes before this but was then unbeknown to me.
Tried many drugs, anti-spasmodics, chinese medicine, acupuncture, CBT and probiotics.
Ask me if you want advice from my experience. Ive worked in Bioscience for 12 years (no, im not a doctor), but it gave me access to research, journals and stuff so I read a lot in that time!
I treat mine now mostly by life style changes and diet (sometimes) and with a few pills now and then as i feel i need them. (Buscopan, probiotics).
Im here to look into new drugs. There is evidence that probiotic *cocktails* may help as well as VitD supplements.
I avoid fiber and raw food (fruit fish veg). I eat a lot or carbs and that is a safe food for me. I still drink tea ok and alcohol...well the next day after alcohol is hell...and Ive recently found that anti-diarrhoea pills fix that! Im looking into the safety and efficacy of these long-term.