Hello all...Sue here. I'm 62 and have suffered from IBS (they used to call it "Functional Colitis", but it's the same thing) since I was 22 & went through a heart-breaking divorce that I didn't want. I have NEVER found anything that helps. Colonoscopy (a most unpleasant procedure) showed no disease process, such as cancer.
The medicine I have taken for IBS is, for me, an emetic. (Can't think of the name of it). Probably an allergy to it. So I don't take any meds for it.
I can tell you that my diet is HORRIBLE. I have gained so much weight...I cannot eat ANY fresh fruits or vegetables without suffering severe D. I have to eat only cooked fruits and vegetables. Even a little shredded lettuce on a sandwich does me in. I cannot tolerate any "fiber" cereals, "fiber" cereal bars, or rice cakes. I end up eating mostly chicken and starchy, fat, sugary foods, because they don't cause nausea or D. I have a lot of abdominal fat and am no doubt in very poor health because of it...a heart attack waiting to happen. I am about 25 lbs. overweight, and at 5 foot 2 inches I look terrible. It is extremely difficult to lose weight when everything causes D. I have to literally starve myself to lose weight because I can't eat salads, fruits, etc. I will lose 20 or 30 pounds but I can't keep it up and the weight comes right back. I know I sound a little desparate...that's because I am!
Any ideas as to what else I can do? Suggestions would be apprecaited!