Thanks to all those who shared their IBS experiences. Iti is comforting to know I am not the only one. I am 74 years old and have been living with IBS with constipation since I was 8. During the past year, the episodes have become more frequent. I have pain in my left side and back, bloating, severe cramping and gas during an attack. When it is over, I am weak, and it takes me several days to recover. I told this to my new GP during a routine visit, and he informed me he also has it. He prescribed an antispasmodic and told me to take a magnesia product every night to "keep things moving." I also take the antispasmodic once a day proactively and as needed during an attack. This has helped lessen the frequency and especially the pain. The antispasmodic medication makes me a bit sleepy, but it is worth it to me to have some relief. Stress is my trigger, but I am sure my diet has something to do with it as well.