IBS and diet, one persons perspective

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I suffer a lot with IBS and its weird really, every day I'm on the same diet, which I consider to be a healthy mix of healthy foods with a bit of what I fancy thrown in which may or may not be considered by "the experts" as the best options, but there is not much variation and certainly not on the rare occasions when I get a "good day".  Now if you speak to people, many people, with IBS, I've noted they all say the same thing, they are aware that diet is important, and different foods suit different people but many like me are struggling as whatever they eat, good bad or indifferent, upsets the delicate digestive balance, so I have come to the conclusion, rightly or wrongly, that as it often makes little difference to the sufferer, why not just basically eat what you want, not suggesting burgers and pizzas all the time, you understand, but I really think these days, after five or six years of suffering this complaint, that eat what you like within reason, if you are going to be ill anyway, why be miserable and miss out on the things you like on top of it, sorry if this differs with what "the professionals" tell us, however I think I am right in this thinking basically.

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    Hi Fiona

    I think that is a good point, we suffer enough as it is.

    My dietitian put me on an elimination diet, I could not complete it, 2 weeks on rice based foods, I mention Fodmap to her, but she was not interested.

    Also on the elimination you are not allowed medications etc, she said if I need to control pain to take preservative free paracetamol. Not for me.

    I have to see her on Thursday , she will not be happy that I could not complete the diet, rice and some meat, tough when I am a vegetarian.

    Anyway I said to my husband if I am going to suffer I will do it with something I like.

    Right or wrong we have to find our own way,

    I will maybe try the Fodmap.

    Good luck

    Junie

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      Hi, well I couldn't agree more and rest assured you have my support if not your doctors, you are quite right, we all have to find what's best for us, it's a very individual thing.

      Interestingly enough, what you say about pain relief, I have a hernia and if I didn't take a daily lanzorapole I would end up very ill indeed and physically be sick with it, I am aware this affects my IBS adversely but I have no choice to take it because of another prominent health condition, similarly the pain management clinic via my GP put me on codeine as the way codeine works is it shuts off pain receptors in the brain and I'd found there was a connection between the way my prolapse bowel reacted on it, it effectively "told" my bowel not to poo so frequently and cut my prolapse symptoms in half! I hope, without, naturally defying all the rules or common sense, you can get a second opinion as there's nothing worse than being under a somewhat "prissy" GP, and I've had experience of that one myself!! With best wishes Fiona

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      Hi

      The dietitian did not say eat meat, the booklet she gave me, was mostly rice and meat, when I asked for a vegetarian booklet, she said we don't have one, you can try eggs for protein.

      No help to me.

      Yeah another veggie, I did try tofu for protein but made me feel sick.

      Junie

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      I think if you get stomach reactions straight after eating a certain food, then you will know the culprit immediately without having to cut out lots of  different foods first.  I also think trying to find preservative free painkillers is just too much hassle.  If you are in a lot of pain logically you would take a painkiller that is strong and acts fast.  Paracetamol is not really strong enough for me either.  Nurofen works much better.

      Don't worry what your dietician thinks or says.  If she isn't happy with you, that's her problem. Tell her that her suggestions simply don't work for you. IBS treatment is not an exact science because we are all different.

       

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      Hi Philippa

      I like nurofen, it works for me ,

      My dietitian reports back to my gastro consultant.

      If she is not happy that is her problem .

      Yesterday I ate a fish cake with cheese centre, oh did I wish I had never eaten it,

      I was really bad.

      Did you do Fodmap?

      Junie

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      Fortunately, food doesn't cause me any problems so I just eat what I want.  I have mild pain all the time which I can ignore without taking painkillers.  I only get bad pain if I have been feeling stressed.
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      Initially, my IBS pain woke me up at night but this has luckily settled down.  My main trouble is that my brain is constantly active 24/7 like a computer that is always on and processing.  This is because of my Aspergers.  I am a poet and I quite often encourage my brain to whir through the night to get the best inspiration.
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      I read that and thought of this and it is perfect for you

      "Thin are the night skirts left behind, by daybreak hours that onward creep, and thin alas, the shred of sleep that wavers with the spirit's wind"

      I like pre-Raphealite paintings so this always springs to mind when I can not sleep.

       

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