Hello there.. Well, I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 19. I am now 24 and have learned to cope pretty well with it over the past few years. What I have learned to do more is drink plenty of water. That is the main key. I have totally changed my diet (I know it is hard to do) but it is so worth it!
I make sure I have plenty of fiber everyday. I have to consume atleast 15-20 grams of fiber everyday for my tummy to work properly. I am a petite girl, so I dont need as much fiber for my system to work. Some people may need more or less. I have been using a product called Fiber Sure... It is awesome. Only one teaspoon & it gives you 5 g of fiber. You can put it in or on anything and it doesnt get gooey or tast funny. You have to build up your tolerance though to adding the fiber. Your body will feel weird at first and very gassy... but this does go away. I also make sure I eat lots of yogurt. They even have yogurt now that has active cultures in it to help your digestive tract. In the beginning of all the IBS, I found that stress really made it worse. I tried to find ways to calm myself. You also need to find your trigger foods...( the foods that make your symptoms worse) For me pastries, milk, wheat products, &vanilla ice cream are a few things that really bother me. You should try to keep a log of what you eat and how you feel after you eat them. This will help you learn what to avoid. I was on medication called Robinul for the IBS symptoms for 2 years, but had to stop because of a blood clot in my leg. ( which was caused from birth contol pills. ) Because I am taking blood thinners, I had to stop taking my IBS meds. So, over the past 4 months I drastically changed my diet. No more junk food, no more fast food and I feel great! I hope this info helps. Let me know if there is anything else you need to know! Good Luck!