My mother, 89 years old, has suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome for as long as I can remember. She also has Generalized Anxiety Disorder. She would give you a longer version, but basically, there are foods that she cannot eat without stomach distress. Periodically she gets to where she cannot eat anything, literally, without hurting. Latest bout is lasting longer than normal. Constipation is an ongoing problem. We have tried every type of fiber and laxative out there, but even when that is under control she still hurts, has gas and bloating. Every type of food, singly or in combination, including FODMAP. Worse when her anxiety is high (which she denies). She has also tried a number of prescription medications, including Carafate and Protonix, which she is using right now. Acid reflux is an occasional problem. She is on low dose amitriptyline and Lexapro.
Her doctor recently retired, and she refuses to go to a doctor right now anyway because of Covid. Over the years, I have bought quite a few OTC products for her to try. She uses lactose-free milk. Has anyone tried any OTC products that have helped similar problems? Brand names to trust or avoid?