Originally Posted by bloatedbloke
Thanks indeed for your empathy.
I hope to have some solutions though.
Some folks have found Gas-X pills or Charcoal pills helpful. Others use Immodium to help with D. Since IBS can be unpredictable in the way it presents, it really becomes a balancing act. For me, taking medications that supress bowel activity (including the all-annoying gas) eventually ends up in constipation, which, for me, is unbearably painful. Everyone is different and you may have to try different approaches until you find something that works.
Those of us who experience a higher than normal amount of gas become quite adept and clever at covert expulsion! I have had this for so long that I no longer even try to keep it a secret. Friends, family, even co-workers all know that I have a persnickety bowel and understand if I have to suddenly "run" to the bathroom 10 times a day!