Conflicting advice on what I can/can't eat. Help!

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LMM
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Two years ago I was hospitalized with ulcerative colitis. I haven't been the same since. I kept going back to my doctor b/c of stomach pain and he finally said I had IBS, but didn't tell me what not/to eat. For the past week I've had pain on my right side, left side and down low. I"m bloated and have a very hard time going to the bathroom. I've taken DULCOLAX laxatives three out of four days just so I can go. Then as soon as I eat, it's back to bloating and pain, but not always.

I am really confused on what I should and shouldn't be eating. I bought a ton of fiber stuff (cereal, snacks, etc). Right after I had a new fiber snack bar today, the pain started up and hasn't subsided. I keep reading contradicting things: eat all wheat, high fiber, veggies and fruits OR don't eat any of that stuff. I also had yogurt and a cheese string for lunch, not sure if that made it worse. Yesterday I felt great for the first time in a while (I didn't have the yogurt, if that matters.)

I need help. I don't know if I'm making matters worse or helping. I can't go to the doctors until March 1st, b/c that's when our insurance starts. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
When it comes to food you need to keep a complete diary of everything and see if there is a pattern. I can't eat much yogurt unless I take a Lactose pill and I am not good with high fiber. As soon as you insurance starts (I would make the appointment now so there is no wait. Sometimes it can take a long time to get to a specialist or primary care so don't wait till March 1.

LMM
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   Posted 2/9/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I"ll start a food journal tonight.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/9/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Even little bites of things. Good luck but make that appointment. Watch your dairy very carefully as lactose intolerance can really creep up on people.

Marsky
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   Posted 2/10/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I highly recommend the use of a food diary. Any notebook will suffice. Keep a page for each day. And record every single thing you eat, drink and if stress was high that day or not. Record details such as if you had a cold, headache, if you took meds for any of these aches, pains, or meds for the IBS.

I find that 4 to 6 small meals a day agree with my GI tract much more than 3 full sized meals.

When dining out, try to order smaller entrees, lunch portions if available on a menu, even if it's dinner time. A half sandwich and cup of soup OR side salad and baked potato. Items such as these instead of appetizers, salad, full meal, dessert, coffee. If I were to have full meals (such as on Thanksgiving Day), I'd be a real mess.

One of my mottos is - less is more. Less intake each time I eat. Smaller amounts of foods that can upset my tract or I avoid them completely. In other words, moderation - for example, 5 M & M's instead of a small individual sized bag you find next to the grocery check out lane (not the kiddie sized bags). 1 chocolate chip cookie instead of 3 o 4.

I think you will see a pattern begin to form once you begin a food diary. I used to rate my days at the bottom of every right hand corner, so I could flip back to read what I ate/drank on "good" days.

Right now I'm trying to not have yogurt even though it's good for GI tract, I find it sometimes makes things worse for me. I half wonder if I am lactose intolerant. I was allergic to dairy from birth to age 3. As I got older (53 now) I could have cheese and milk. But if I had a fried egg, I was sick afterwards. I can have butter as well. But lately I had been lots of GI tract rumbling. And I had been eating yogurt again. It's since stopped.

You could also try the acidopholis pills if you can't tolerate dairy or yogurt. You find these in the chilled section of a health good store (near organic yogurt).
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

Post Edited (Marsky) : 2/10/2009 5:22:35 AM (GMT-7)


stirr
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   Posted 9/15/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Try going to (DogtorJ.com) and read (What in the World do I EAT) ?
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