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I'm a 44 y/o female. I was diagnosed 15 years ago with IBS-C. It never bothered me a lot until the last couple years. I've had a couple of flare ups and my IBS seems to have changed to IBS-M. Last year in February and May respectively, I had an abdominal CT and a colonoscopy, both which showed some mild inflammation, but nothing concerning. December I had another flare up which lasted 3 weeks. In early January, I started a new regimen which included no dairy, no soy, no eggs, and no gluten. I started several supplements including juicing 16oz of celery every morning taking Ester-C, Methylfolate, Cat's Claw, B-12, and zinc. in addition to what I had already been taking Curcumin twice daily and Melatonin 5mg x 2 years. At first, the celery juice caused my stomach to be upset, but after 3-4 weeks, I felt great! I felt energetic and healthy. Then, in mid-March I started feeling like my peri-menopause symptoms were getting worse, so I added Maca root to my supplements. Within a week, I was having nausea, loss of appetite, watery diarrhea alternating constipation, gas, bloating, belching, delayed digestion, and mid abdominal tenderness and severe cramping (especially after eating or drinking ANYTHING). I stopped ALL supplements and went back to a regular diet. It took a week, but the cramping and nausea subsided for the most part and my appetite got better. (I did notice the cramping and nausea returned when I tried to start drinking my celery juice again.) I have been consuming 1500-1800 calories daily in the last week, but oddly I'm still losing weight (down 3.5lbs in a week). I have loose stools (sometimes watery) every morning once sometimes twice - no blood- but it never changes color- always yellow/orange. Today, I ate a lemon poppy seed muffin and saw the seeds in the commode 30 minutes later. Oddly enough, at times, I experience constipation by the evenings. I have an appt with my GP, but has anyone had this experience? Is this IBS? A malabsorption issue? Exacerbation from supplements? I know no one has a crystal ball...I'm more asking about others experiences with this and what was causing it. I'm stumped... If this is IBS I've never had it like this before.
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