I thought I would post this in case it helps anyone here as much as it has me. I was diagnosed with IBS many years ago, and have had bowel problems most of my adult life. The wind and diarrhoea have spoilt my enjoyment of many social and exercise situations, and made life at work very hard. The embarrassment has meant I do not talk to anyone about it, and just try and hide the symptoms as best I can. One example of a really embarrassing moment was in a quiet yoga class - need I say more? I haven't been back since, which is such a shame as yoga is supposed to help with IBS, but the shame was too much for me. Anyway, I have tried all sorts of medications, therapies, dietary changes etc with no improvement, until I came across the FODMAPS diet. From Wikipedia, "FODMAPs are short chain carbohydrates and monosaccharides which are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, including fructans, galactans, fructose and polyols. The term is an acronym, deriving from "Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides and Polyols"."
By avoiding foods like apples, cabbage, onions etc, my problems are reduced considerably. It may not work for everone, but it has improved my life tremendously! Just thought I would mention it, as I really think it is worth trying if you have IBS, and it doesn't cost anything. I did buy a book though, by Patsy Catsos, IBS - free at last. She has a website too which is very helpful ibsfree.net/
I really would love this to help someone, so please let me know of any successes!