IBS can be very difficult to live with. I am having one of my worst attacks at he moment, day 2 of cramping and pain, very unusual for me. It has however had me reviewing home treatments. Number one trigger for me is stress, any stress can get things onto a bad track and once the pain start, well that only amplifies stress. There are some treatments that have a good track record, peppermint oil has done better than many of the drugs in testing, so that is an option. Another on the probiotic front is something simple like yogurt which doesn't have lactose since he bacteria that is used to create yogurt eats all he lactose. (one has to be careful with probiotic since even too much of a good thing can throw you system off. Being in college the stress of exams is your enemy. And most likely part of the problem. Talk to either your instructor, a councelor, or if the college has it a disability coordinator. Making arrangements to handle an attack during an exam will reduce the fear and stress of failing because suddenly you have to leave and you send the majority of the test in the restroom. Next find a better doctor either one that specializes in women since they suffer more than men, an internal medicine, gastroeneroligist, or even a physicians assistant or nurse pratitioner. Not all doctors are created equally and sometimes your best solutions is a doctor that listens to you. My husband's doc is great for him, but a very bad fit for me because he blows me off.View Thread
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