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Husband passed away in 2014 and my son disowned his family when he fell in love! Started with spells of food upsetting me then lots of wind . Then I started having what was simply diagnosed as abdominal cramping. A friend suggested I stop eating bread and potatoes which helped initially. Would have mornings when the pain just knocked me off my feet. I was constantly bloated and seemd to be putting more weight on. Had lots of bladder problems but if I contacted surgery was always told that samples were clear. Went back to the Gp who simply said I will refer you. During the eleven months that I waited for an appointment I was gradually getting worse. The more fruit and fibre I ate the worse I was and I eventually gave up cerals etc. The 'attacks' were lasting longer and they always seemed to start with sinus symptoms sometimes sneezing sessions then I would just simply become so chilled (occassionally it would be burning up) my body would ache or my joints would hurt and I just couldn't do anything. I was in so much pain, one of the last attacks lasted almost three days. I eventually had a hospital appointment was asked a few questions. It was suggested that It was down to stress due to the loss of my husband and the grief caused by my son. I was also told that I was eating too much fruit and most probably had fructose malabsorbtion.It would probably be a good idea if I saw the dietician. I would be sent for a scan. I initially gave up fruit introducing small amounts of limited varieties and found that I was so much better I went for a colonoscopy, (which almost knocked me out the pain from the gas was as bad as that had I suffered normally) I received a letter telling me telling me that the scan didn't show anything of concern apart from a small hernia in the abdominal wall.. Blood tests were normal so it is most probably due to IBS and the high fruit content in my diet. I did not need to be seen again! I was feeling so much better, full of energy, my bowel habits had returned to normal, my bladder problems were very rare, got the occasional mild cramp in my lower abdoman. One morning I decided to try porridge and I was so ill all day the stomach pains were unreal, the 'flu sumptoms etc. Yet I was fine the next day. Another disaster was prunes and natural yogurt they caused a lot of discomfort for a few hours.Over Christmas I even managed to eat some Christmas pudding without any ill effects. Until the beginning of the year I felt so much better then I started with a really upset stomach, diarrhoea(which I had not experienced previously,) feeling really nauseous., lower back pain( haven't suffered with any back pain for years.) These attacks seem to be recurring every few days, along with the sinus symptoms, burning, itchy skin, painful joints. I always seem to have a cough. I had to be extremely careful as to what I ate as I was getting a lot of heartburn. I started with these symptoms for a couple of days the the other day I ate some home made soup. As soon as the soup hit my stomach I felt pain, burning up, nausea. The pain was excruciating, the sweat was rolling off me I was so weak. Eventually I managed to struggle to the bathroom but only had very soft formed motions but lots of it. Nothing I could do would ease the pain if I'd have had the strength I think I would have dialled 999! I was conscious of pain in the area of the hernia. I felt so weak. I mostly drank boiled water the next 24 hours . Then I felt so much better as my stomach felt as if it had had a massive clear out. I am almost afraid to eat in case it starts all over again. Is the IBS umbrella so big that it covers all these symptoms?? No one has ever bothered to discuss my symptoms or advise me apart from the consultant suggesting I reduced the amount of fruit in my diet. I cook from scratch don't eat bread, cakes biscuits,sweets , cereal. fried or fatty foods. PLEASE can anyone shed any light on this? it would be so much appreciated.
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