Hi I am new to this so not too sure what to write. I am a fun loving lady in my mid 60's I have had IBS and Diverticulitus since I was in my 30's. I have good phases and bad phases. My worst are when I fly, which I do a twice a year. Any form of stress can send me into an IBS D or C flareup. I also have Gastritus and I am on medication for this (Lanzoprazol). I refuse to let IBS stop me from doing things but some times I have to. I get very tired and have to have lots of rest. Getting over tired, having a simple thing like a cold will start it all off. I have tried many kinds of diets over the years. Some work and some don't. I don't have any cows milk products anymore, I get my calcium intake from goat milk products. Fruit and Veg are referred to has the devils food to be avoided at all costs. It is good to read the posts on here and see that I am not alone, because it sometimes feels like that. I feel sorry for my husband because he has to cope with all the strategies that have to go into place before we go anywhere, he's great though and very understanding. I have tried all the things like silicol gel, buscopan, fibogel(don't even go there) and the only thing that helps are anti diaorhea tablets and arrowroot biscuits, when things get out of hand.