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IBS or is it?

Posted by
Emma on August 19, 1999 at 23:59:04:

I am 31 years old and I was diagnosed with IBS in July 98. I have since under my own volition changed my diet to exclude all wheat and other gluten products, potatoes, yeast, maize and cheese.

As a consequence I lost the 10 kilos (20lbs) I had gained since January 97 and no longer suffered from long term problems such as asthma, hay fever, post nasal drip, raspy throat, heavy night sweats (all of which I've had since my early teens), and mouth ulcers from which I have suffered for 10 years now. The dull stomach ache after evening meals, bloating and bad flatulence problems also went but I had only had these since Jan 97.

However, I still had some problems with constipation as well as feeling very tired by late afternoon. I also don't tend to sleep very well at night, waking most mornings at around 5:30 to 6 am and not getting back to sleep again afterwards. I tend to have to make trips to the toilet at least once at night, regardless of wether I drank much liquid before bedtime or not.

In May this year, after increasingly prolonged periods of constipation (sometimes 2 weeks) I tried not eating any starchy foods (rice, bananas, some cooked vegetables etc) and noticed a marked improvement in my energy levels. I no longer felt tired by late afternoon. Unfortunately, although I stuff myself with salad to make up for the lost roughage I still suffer from constipation and have recurring diorrhea and/or soft stools, which show extensive signs of undigested food such as tomatoes (still red)! I do chew my food as much as possible but the signs are unmistakeable. I am also getting increasingly tired again, especially after meals or snacks (such as eating dried figs!?).

I have been taking evening primrose oil and multi vitamin and mineral tablets for a year now, but I think these aren't necessarily getting though as my fingers peel badly and are currently VERY dry. My facial skin is also beginning to get drier too, much more so than I'd expect at my age.

I have seen several doctors but unfortunately no luck yet, other than being told I have IBS and I might as well get on with it. My latest doctor may be more helpful. In the mean time any help and advice is much appreciated.



Re: IBS or is it?

Posted by margie on August 20, 1999 at 09:08:24:

In Reply to: IBS or is it? posted by Emma on August 19, 1999 at 23:59:04:

I have had IBS for about 15 years. After trying
a multitude of over the counter fibers and trying
to modify my diet, nothing worked. Not being
willing to completely change my life for this I
found a doctor who prescribed .25 mg. of "Desipramine"
which I take before bed that remedies the problem.
Suggest you look into this and good luck.




Re: IBS or is it?

Posted by Jody on August 20, 1999 at 16:29:22:

In Reply to: Re: IBS or is it? posted by margie on August 20, 1999 at 09:08:24:

Usually food intolerances are due to leaky gut/candida/parasites. You will get constipated because
you lack a balanced diet and you should drink plenty of
water.



Re: IBS or is it? (Archive under LGS.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 20, 1999 at 17:39:36:

In Reply to: Re: IBS or is it? posted by margie on August 20, 1999 at 09:08:24:

Margie.

All this proves is that what I have been saying for years on this BB is true. I can guarantee you that, eventually, the desimiprimine will no longer work. Did not the prescribing doc tell you what this stuff is??? It is an antidepressant with a sedative side-effect.

Of course, it works in the hypothalamus where I have been saying this originates. You are just blunting the tip of the iceberg while the real problem continues to get worse.

I hope you will let us all know then this recurrs even while you are taking the desimiprimine--as it surely will.

Walt



Re: IBS or is it?

Posted by
Johnelle on August 21, 1999 at 13:29:01:

In Reply to: IBS or is it? posted by Emma on August 19, 1999 at 23:59:04:

Hi Emma

You are to be commended for all the sacrifices you have made this far in favor of wellness. If you are like me, you will find it impossible to believe that there's even MORE that you need to do. It sounds to me like you are the perfect candidate for Bob McFerran's elimination diet and food testing. I did this whole process in February and March, and after thirty years of constipation I now take nothing for regularity, because I have learned what foods are allergencs FOR ME and what foods are safe FOR ME. I also learned what causes gas, what causes widespread aches, muscle fatigue and sleepiness, and how to avoid all three.

You will never believe the benefits of having all the information which can be discovered about your unique dietary needs through this process, until you go through it. I will be glad to help you through it if you decide to take the step. You can read all about it in the Archives under Elimination diet and food testing, and Robert McFerran's book posts. Please feel free to contact me if you want me to answer your questions.

Johnelle



Re: IBS or is it?

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 21, 1999 at 13:32:43:

In Reply to: IBS or is it? posted by Emma on August 19, 1999 at 23:59:04:

Hi, Emma.

Perhaps I missed it but the one thing missing from your program (Which hapens to be the single most important thing for IBS people to do.) is the regular practice of SR.

See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms.

Walt



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