I always laughed at my friends/family when they complain about constipation because I can count only 3 times in my whole life I've ever had that problem. Honestly, I can only count maybe 5 times in the last year (12 months!) that I had an even quasi solid BM. I've had IBS-D for 15 yrs and official diagnosis and all. Tried all the anti-spasmodic meds, they don't work. Tried Lexapro for anxiety, barely did anything to my anxiety and upped the BM to 12 per day, so quit that after 5 months. Did food elimination diet to the Nth degree, found a lot more of food sensitivities. I tried every over-the-counter thing available, half did nothing, half made it worse. I lowered my stress to nearly nothing because I couldn't keep a job due to my IBS-D anyway, my husband agreed to have me be the domestic goddess. I take Loperamide when flare ups get to above 5 BMs a day. My diet is INSANELY restrictive but I eat carefully and get enough that my nutrition stays good when I'm not having a flare up. And I take Metamucil fiber supplement 1 tsp 2x/day (more than that just made things worse).
But to this day, I can't seem to have a solid BM. My energy levels are always subpar. I never eat out or eat other ppl's food because it's just not worth the possibility of a flare up for days. I still can't work. I still have chronic diarrhea. And let's face it, doctors are useless, as are all homeopathic doctors.
One thing I have noticed is during my period (sorry tmi) which I call Shark Week (look up image "uterus vs shark brain" and you'll see why) I take Ibuprofen for cramps, and strangely it always seems to make my IBS BETTER?!?! Now, everything I read says ibuprofen makes IBS worse, not better! Any ideas??? Has anyone had this happen?