Hi all. I've had IBS D for many years off and on. Frustratingly no clear triggers - some foods sometimes bother me, at other times they don't. Mood can be a significant factor. Very little seems to alleviate symptoms once they've started - apart from distraction (good book, film, telly, friends) - but sometimes I feel so rubbish that these don't help much.
I've just come back from a christmas holiday in Lanzarote which was spoiled by IBS and related anxiety/depression - every day I felt poorly with IBS symptoms and subsequently uspet and fed up about the way I was feeling.
Back home now my symptoms are improving and I'm dealing with them better. I'm now annoyed that this spoiled my holiday and with typical new year zeal I'm wanting to try to do something about it.
I feel that I've tried all the usual medical and dietary options, so am thinking more radically in terms of alternatives eg acupuncture or hypnotherapy. Or even discussing anti-depressants with my gp - I really am so fed up, and have read that low dose amitryptyline can have a beneficial effect on IBS symptoms.
Has anyone tried and had any success with any of the above?
Thanks in anticipation. Denisthemenace.