IBS Detective Work
Does your stomach and digestive system give you constant grief? Do you suffer daily with stomach pain, abdominal cramping, gas, bloating, diarrhea one day and constipation the next? Has a doctor told you that you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
I’ve struggled with stomach issues for as long back as I can remember. In my 20’s, a doctor told me I had irritable bowel syndrome and put me on medication. The medication did nothing. My mom showed me a newspaper article about lactose-intolerance. My symptoms were the same as the symptoms for lactose intolerance. I quit all dairy products and my symptoms went away.
Yet, here I am years later with similar symptoms and it seems like my stomach rebels at anything I eat. My former rheumatologist told me that IBS goes along with fibromyalgia and I just need to live with it.
However, I’m fed up with living with IBS! I’ve been doing a lot of research on this topic and it’s really overwhelming and confusing. Finally, I read an article recommended by Donna at Fed Up With Fatigue. It’s called “The Simple Elimination Diet That Could Change Your Life Forever” by Dr. Robin Berzin
Dr. Berzin says:
“Testing can be illuminating, but the “gold standard,” meaning the last word, in figuring out if foods are causing inflammation (contributing to everything from autoimmune arthritis, to irritable bowel, to acne), is to cut out the culprit foods for about a month and see how you feel when you reintroduce them.”
Finally, a simple way to tell if what I’m eating is the cause of my misery. Simple, but not necessarily easy. Considering that my comfort foods of ice cream and cookies upset my stomach, the only thing I stand to lose is my IBS.
Is anyone out there willing to do a 23 day elimination diet with me?
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Till next time, Kathy