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   Posted 1/26/2010 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi... new to this forum, looking for info on hip injuries... and thought I'd share this in this stream

about 7 years ago I was catching only half breaths, having trouble swallowing, coughing incessantly, and for a few scary times actually thought I was going to choke to death... I had been troubled with sinusitis since my youth, not to mention Hemmies and IBS... nothing worked

in my search to stop the choking... (GP's had done nothing to assist except give me a puffer that very quickly gave me a full blown case of thrush!)... I came across two invaluable sites (Wake Forest and Columbia I believe it was) that lead to do a self diagnosis, which was later confirmed by a naturopath... I had LPRD... if you suffer from sinusitis, shortness of breath, IBS, Hemmies look it up... LPRD is (to me) a more serious condition than the more common GERD that everyone hears about... after my fourth choking incident in which I had no air going in or out of my windpipe I found these sites and turned my health around... btw... I have always been in excellent shape, and in my mid 50's am still active in several sports...

LPRD can be caused by:
• dairy products (primarily cow)
• Citrus fruits
• caffeine
• alcohol
• spicy foods
• hydrogenated fats

I gave up all but the spicy foods at the time, and have since been induce alcohol whenever I desire...

however... within 8 days of giving up all dairy products and citrus my sinusitis disappeared... my choking episodes have not returned... I can take in full breaths all the time... I hav e energy to burn...

and you're wondering why I am posting this in the IBS section???

because while I was curing my respiratory ailments through modification of my diet I also was apparently curing my IBS and Hemmies... that's right, since getting rid of dairy I have been Hemmie and IBS free for 7 years... I have not used a drop of Prep H in 7 years... I have not walked around like my gotchies are stuck to (ok too much info here) in 7 years... and all along it was the dairy that was causing the problem

I can have cheeses from Goat's milk with no problems, I can have soy products... I now detest the taste of dairy products... you say what about pizza?... I love pizza but have not (knowingly) taken a slice of pizza with cheese on it in 7 years... my pizzas are flavourful and are adorned with feta (goats)... there is no regular cheese to smother the taste of all the other ingredients I throw on it...

conclusion: if you want to get rid of your IBS and Hemmies try dumping all your dairy... better yet get rid of all the things I listed above and see how much better you really feel!... and, best of luck cuz I know where you're coming from!

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   Posted 1/28/2010 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I've not heard about citrus fruits being associated with IBS but I've heard of all the other things you listed plus, processed foods/beverages and fast-foods and animal fats should also be avoided with having IBS as well as refined sugar, artificial sweetners (especially sugar alcohols, which are anything ending in "tol", sorbitol, xylitol, ect), also regular daily exercise is recommended for IBSers as well.

So glad you've found relief and I hope it continues.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a firm believer in the saying - you are what you eat.

Glad eliminating dairy and citrus from your diet greatly helped you!

For some of us it truly is a process of elimination - targeting groups of foods and removing them from or diet. If our symptoms improve, you can then add one slowly back into your diet. If symptoms return, that is one food you cannot eat anymore.

It really is that simple for some of us. And yet doctors often times tell us to eat anything we want, enjoy life but take medication for the symptoms.

I'd rather stop the symptoms a natural way too.

Thanks for your post.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
glad its working our for some of you as well... guess I should clarify... I didn't mean to say that citrus was a cause of IBS... it was just one of the things I had to give up to relieve my LPRD... a byproduct of changing my diet as I did also meant the disappearance of not only my LPRD, my sinusitis, but the dreaded IBD and Hemmies as well... 7 years now and counting... and you're right Marsky... we are what we eat... wish I'd known this earlier, but sadly you get very little nutritional advice from GP's as they really do not spend much time in their pre practice training dealing with nutrition... that's why I headed to a naturopath... haven't been back for a few years but it helped when i needed it

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   Posted 1/28/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
You're right also, I didn't mean to imply that specific foods cause IBS but they certainly aggravate IBS symptoms!

I wish Gastro docs would concentrate on diet as well. At least they are getting somewhere with people who cannot eat gluten. That's a huge improvement in medicine.

And oddly enough, I sometimes feel my very best when I barely eat anything! People who can eat anything and everything always want to cram lots of food into me, huge, huge portions, trying to make me feel awful because I can't fill my plate twice at a buffet or fill it full at a cocktail party (the dips, the spreads, the hot spicy appetizers, etc.). Yikes! If I did all of that I'd be a mess. A real mess! In this case misery does not like company. I often wonder how they all feel later when they're at home. Those two huge dinner sized plates at a buffet has to go and come out somewhere along the line. LOL!

So now I'm a picky eater and I feel so much better because I am.

Sometimes I have just a hard boiled egg and a small handful of grapes for lunch. Just enough fuel to keep me going and from getting hungry. If I were to have an 8 inch sized sub, chips, large fountain drink for lunch, as most do, well I'd be spending hours in the bathroom before dinner.

Perhaps over time since there's a serious push to make children's meals healthier it will carry thru to adults? They're trying to revamp the entire school lunch program.

Thanks again for your post.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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   Posted 2/22/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
That is great that you have found relief from your symptoms! You are correct in the fact that nutrition can play a huge role in IBS symptoms. Every case of IBS is unique, making it difficult to initially diagnose and treat. What is important is finding the root cause of your symptoms, so that an effective treatment strategy can be made. Nutrition, as you have found can be a major contributor. In fact, food allergies/intolerances have been seen to be one of the two leading causes of IBS symptoms. The other leading cause is a result of problems with intestinal bacteria, yeast/candida, or parasites. There is a lot of information on this subject at Thank you for sharing your story!

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   Posted 2/22/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the link lizabeth... some good info there... and to Marsky, I agree with you on picking and choosing as opposed to wharfing at a buffet... so much better feeling later on... and the next day... and the next!...

one of the first things my naturopath did was to put me on a strict rice diet... I would imagine a lot of folks here have already been on one but was that ever an eye-opener... 7 straight days with nothing but rice and water... rice for breakfast... rice for lunch... rice for dinner... yummy!... and on teh 8th day I was allowed to change to pasta... rice pasta!!!!!... I was soooo looking forward to that meal... had a nice olive oil/onions/a few veggies sauce all made up... poured it on the pasta... poured it over the rice pasta while my family ate their "normal" noodles and meat sauce... and boing boing boing... wow!... found out pretty quick that rice pasta takes longer to cook than normal pasta... felt like rubber bands in my mouth... so back to the stove with it... new sauce, only with fewer ingredients as I'd used most of the other things up in my first sauce which had been boiled away... very disappointing, that first meal... and the wait to make sure it was cooked the second time round was almost unbearable... all in all though I made it through the full 4 weeks of this diet that gradually increased different products back into the diet to see what was causing some of the probs... sure enough Dairy hit like a sledgehammer, so really haven't touched it (knowingly) since...

funny thing is that since harbouring my gorging I've had more energy to burn than ever before... probably similar feeling to you, Marsky when you don't eat anything sometimes... I'd get dizzy if I didn't eat anything, sort of like during the rice cleansing diet which also included a healthy run of acidophylus bifidus (sp?) to get the digestive enzymes going after years of messing them up with bad eating habits (hmmm... that could read normal NA eating habits!)... but I felt better, cleaner and had an abundance of energy

I actually think part of our health care system should include a yearly session with a nutritionist... would save $$$$$$$ in taxpayers money in the long run IMO

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   Posted 2/22/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
closer, were you ever tested before you were diuagnosed with IBS for lactose intolerence?

" In fact, food allergies/intolerances have been seen to be one of the two leading causes of IBS symptoms"

This is actually incorrect. While allergies or intolernces may trigger the symptoms, they are not the two leading causes.

Just for the info

An Evening With The Experts - Archive

February 2, 2010
Topic:"Diet and IBS"
Presenter: Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine

One of the worlds top experts on the enteric nervous system or "gut Brain"

Sciencetific American

Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being
The emerging and surprising view of how the enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat

"Given the two brains' commonalities, other depression treatments that target the mind can unintentionally impact the gut. The enteric nervous system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and in fact 95 percent of the body's serotonin is found in the bowels. Because antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) increase serotonin levels, it's little wonder that meds meant to cause chemical changes in the mind often provoke GI issues as a side effect. Irritable bowel syndrome—which afflicts more than two million Americans—also arises in part from too much serotonin in our entrails, and could perhaps be regarded as a "mental illness" of the second brain."
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.

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   Posted 2/22/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
hi shawn12

actually it was an incidental disappearance of IBS!... when I stopped all Dairy to try and help me stop the LPRD it was at exactly the same time that the IBS stopped!... the only time I now get some irritation is when some Dairy has been snuck into something I have eaten... not fun!... prior to that Prep-H and I never parted ways... on a daily basis!
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