IBS is not a disease. It’s a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel doesn't’t work, or function, correctly. Its causes are unknow.Research states that that people who suffer from IBS have a colon, or large intestine, that is particularly sensitive and reactive to certain foods and stress. The immune system, which fights infection, may also be involved.
All the tests for IBS will come normal like endoscopy, colonoscopy, video camera,X-rays of the abdomen,barium meal studies & barium follow through tests. All these will come normal.There are other anti diarrheal medications. Also you need anti depressant medications.Taking probiotics will increase the 'good' bacteria in the gut which will help to ward off 'bad' bacteria that may have some effect on causing IBS symptoms and pain.
The prescription medications approved for the treatment of IBS are: Alosetron (Lotronex),Lubiprostone (Amitiza).Medications that affect certain activities of the autonomic nervous system (anticholinergics)are very effective in relieving the abdominal pain or stomach ache.
So I advice you to make an appointment with your doctor for these prescription medications. Till then you can take tab. naproxen. It is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Also take tab. Meftal spas. It is anti spasmodic. Both are availaible as OTC without prescription.
Please feel free to ask if you have any other question.
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Edited by Dr.David on 1/29/2011 at 3:25 PM EST