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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/3/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there everyone,
Firstly i would like to say thank go i have finally found a support network/group for my IBS i have felt so alone with it all and no one understands unless they have experienced it.
My problem started 1 year ago, i had an increase in stress in my life and all of a sudden i started to have mass diahorrea - i was going about 6 -7 times a day - very large bulky stools. This went on for some time and of course i lost a lot of weight as whatever i ate just went straight through me. This however caused my family to believe that i had an eating disorder and they didn't believe me that something medical was going on. I then had a scope which showed the possibility of chrones disease. Time went on - another 6 months so i had another scope - which came back inconclusive - thus the diagnosis of IBS. I have just felt so frustrated this entire time as its like no one really understands me. Now i am so tiny i hate it and i just want to be healthy again.
Thus, i have been to see a naturopath who says i need to go gluten free to heal my bowel as i do not digest properly. I have done some research and it seems some people have found this effective. Has anyone out there tried this???Would love to hear your feedback!
Thanks :)

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 3/3/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the site and can literally feel your pain wink anyways moving along I know you are not on the forum for jokes -so to answer your question about gluten-have i tried to go gluten free -for me the answer is yes . I have changed my eating habits so many times over the years and the gluten solution was not it -I think there is a test for it -I might be wrong but Celiacs have gluten problems but you might have sensitivities too gluten. I would definetly try it -does not sound like you have anything to lose. Lately i have been calming the bowel down with peppermint tea and it has been helping. I went to the grocer a few years back and did the gluten free thing and I think it helped but not enough to convince me that was the problem. My two cents I hope it works for you good luck and hang in there. :-)

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 3/3/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
If your serious about making the most of life with a challenging condition and possibly getting beyond the condition itself, than then you'll find it helpful to try things. Especially if you do a little research and they seem to make sense.
Going gluten free for a short test period  of 4 to 6 weeks is fairly easy and just may be what you need. With common sense and some guidance it is not dangerous in any way. So why not.
I was suspect for Celiac disease, and gluten intolerance. Blood tests and going gluten free for a while eliminated those as concerns. From what I learned, I moved towards other diets, supplements, exercise, etc, and after several months with guidance from a wonderful naturopath, I healed my innards to a point where I only experience IBS if I am reckless with my diet and/or life style. 
So try what makes sense, under the guidance of a professional you trust, and I would be willing to bet you'll see big improvements. After more than 30 years of IBS and other digestive trouble I am moving into my second year of enjoying a healthy system. No surgery, no medication. Just a few supplements, and dietary, exercise and other lifestyle changes.
Good luck! and keep in touch.
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