All things IBS. Mebeverine? Cramps and air. Breathing techniques?

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Hi all. been diagnosed with IBS for 20+ years and started having major flare ups again recently. I only get the pain and cramps, no toilet issues, its always there at least in a minor annoying way but now I'm going 24 hours in severe pain from trapped air and cramps. it's always on the right hand side often from lower to upper quadrant (under rib) and I can physically feel a huge hard lump of trapped air. I have tried buscopan and wind eze tablets when symptoms arise and doesn't seem to help but haven't taken it regularly. I recently took co codamol during a flare up and it def seemed to help, its the only pain killer that has managed to touch it..... I have just been prescribed Mebeverine which is apparently stronger than buscopan? Does anyone know if it works after first dose or how long it takes to 'kick in'? Also has anyone on here tried breathing techniques to manage pain and symptoms? i have tried almost everything over the years but I have recently found that breathing in EXTREMELY gently for a 1 or 2 count and then breathing out for AT LEAST double that count seems to really help manage the symptoms. Thought I'd throw that out there to see if it can help others. I believe it works to both calm you down and also reduce pressure in and around the abdomen. Doesn't solve it but certainly seems to help.

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    " but I have recently found that breathing in EXTREMELY gently for a 1 or 2 count and then breathing out for AT LEAST double that count seems to really help manage the symptoms"

    You should look at "kapal bhati pranayam" and "anulom vilom" which is a similar yoga technique that is used to control anxiety and digestive system.

    Did you try "Ibarogast". I have heard good reviews for IBS.

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    You need to try Buscopan regularly to find out if it works for you. I took it regularly at first to stablize my IBS, then I found I only needed it as and when required. I find even though I don't take it regularly now, it still really helps during my rare flare ups. Keep taking painkillers since they help. Mebeverine is known to irritate the stomach; I stopped it after 4 days because of severe indigestion. I tried it again with the same result and then threw them out. After the first dose, it felt like I had swallowed a

    pebble.. They were too strong for me. Only mild antispasmodics help me. I would persevere with Buscopan first.

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