I feel so much better!!! You all need to try this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mollybulldog
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   Posted 7/13/2010 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay so heres my story. I began noticing I had a real problem around the age of 12. I would never want to go to school and was absent a lot because I would get uncontrollable gas out of nowhere, blow up like I was pregnant, have diarrhea and go 20 times in one day, or be constipated, and some days I was fine. I was embarrassed and didnt see a doctor until I was 22 years old. I went through a lot of suffering, a lot of praying, a lot of excuses as to why I couldnt hang out with friends or go away on trips. I always sat in the back of the church or the nearest table in a restaurant to the bathroom. Im sure you all can relate. Well about a week ago I was crying and praying and really feeling down and did a lot of research on the computer. I stumbled across this website:
 
 
 
I thought about all the foods that really always set me off something fierce. And they were: milk, honeydew melon, apples, honey, cherries, onions, and some other things. I thought about the day when I got reallll sick and all I had was a large cherry slushie from Sonic. Well it turns out, I have a fructose malabsorption problem which they say actually accounts for 45-75% of all people diagnosed with IBS!! And not only is it fructose, but lactose, and some other sugars and enzymes that are in various different foods. This Low FODMAPS diet, as they call it, is supposedly really really helpful to MOST IBS sufferers! I highly suggest you try this for a few days and see how you feel! I feel soooooooo much better and I have strictly followed this for 4 days. And 4 days with no symptoms for me is like WOW. If you google low FODMAPS diet you will see how many people it has helped with IBS, Sue Shepherd has some great info on it and she wrote a book too. I am so thankful for how great I have been feeling. It is an absolute dream come true heaven sent miracle for me and I hope it helps some of you too! Good luck! And God bless!
 
Molly :))

Mollybulldog
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   Posted 7/15/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Anybody try it yet???

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   Posted 7/15/2010 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad you found something that works for you.
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shawn12
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   Posted 7/18/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
some people with IBS may also have fructose malabsorbtion, but it is not the "cause" of IBS.

Did a doctor diagnose you with Fructose malabsorbtion?

Fructose at high doses itself can cause osmotic d.

Since I have suffered for thirty eight of IBS I wonder what role foods play in IBS. So I asked Dr Douglas Drossman at the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility disorders and here was his response. This is not a substitute for seeking medical advise from your doctor on any specific conditions you may have, but for educational purposes only.

Dr. Drossman is a Co-director of the Center and Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at UNC-CH. He established a program of research in functional gastrointestinal disorders at UNC more than 15 years ago and has published more than 250 books, articles, and abstracts relating to epidemiology, psychosocial and quality of life assessment, design of treatment trials, and outcomes research in gastrointestinal disorders.


Dr Drossman's comments on foods for IBS Health.

Shawn,
To say that people with IBS may get symptoms from food intolerances is an acceptable possibility, since the gut will over react to stressors of all types including food (high fat or large volumes of food in particular). Furthermore, there can be specific intolerances. So if you have a lactose intolerance for example, it can exacerbate, or even mimic IBS. Other examples of food substances causing diarrhea would be high consumers of caffeine or alcohol which can stimulate intestinal secretion or with the latter, pull water into the bowel (osmotic diarrhea). The same would be true for overdoing certain poorly absorbed sugars that can cause an osmotic type of diarrhea Sorbitol, found in sugarless gum and sugar substituted foods can also produce such an osmotic diarrhea. Even more naturally, people who consume a large amount of fruits, juices or other processed foods enriched with fructose, can get diarrhea because it is not as easily absorbed by the bowel and goes to the colon where it pulls in water. So if you have IBS, all of these food items would make it worse.

However, it is important to separate factors that worsen IBS (e.g., foods as above, stress, hormonal changes, etc.) from the cause or pathophysiology of IBS. Just like stress doesn't cause IBS, (though it can make it worse), foods must be understood as aggravating rather than etiological in nature.

The cause of IBS is yet to be determined. However, modern research understands IBS as a disorder of increased reactivity of the bowel, visceral hypersensitivity and dysfunction of the brain-gut axis. There are subgroups being defined as well, including post-infectious IBS which can lead to IBS symptoms. Other work using brain imaging shows that the pain regulation center of the brain (cingulate cortex) can be impaired, as well as good evidence for there being abnormalities in motility which can at least in part explain the diarrhea and constipation. So finding a specific "cause" of IBS has grown out of general interest in place of understanding physiological subgroups that may become amenable to more specific treatments. Hope that helps.
Doug


http://www.ibshealth.com/ibsfoods2.htm

http://www.ibshealth.com/ibsfoods.htm

I am glad to hear its helping. Fructose depending on how much, can be problematic just in itself.
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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.


spasman
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   Posted 8/4/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Molly,I look at the diet and it is a bit confusing.
 
Which food can you eat and which sugar do u eat to stay alive?
 
You speak to a "sugar junkie" here :-)
Is there anything i can eat after dinner when i need a "fix"?
 
-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 

shawn12
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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Spasman, some of this matters if your d or c or d/c.

If your d, then they can contribute to the d, if your c some can help the c.
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NeonCopper
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   Posted 8/11/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've suffered through the same symptoms as you and  I don't know about fructose malabsorption but I found I have an intolerance (among other foods) to CITRIC ACID.  The problem with this intolerance is that it includes many foods because it's used as a preservative.  You'll find it in all fruit, most berries, flavored chips and crackers, all or most syrups including sugar-free syrups, fruit flavored drinks, including sugar-free drink mixes, all soda and other frozen-preserved items.  You may want to try a trial period of even 1 or 2 days where you eliminate these foods from your diet by reading nutrition labels.  I still eat these (especially fresh fruit) on days when I don't have anything planned and intend on staying home like on weekend days and after work so don't feel like you have to eliminate them completely but if you plan on going to the movies, going to school, work, church, etc., avoid citric acid.  My other trigger foods, fyi, are leafy greens like lettuce and spinach, unsoluble fiber like popcorn, legumes, raw veggies, etc., and most lactose.  Avoiding these foods before social events plus Symax prescribed by my GI doctor and a probiotic, helps me considerably (but not completely).  Hope this helps you out.

hope floats
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   Posted 7/6/2013 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, MollyBulldog,
I have been diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption via breath testing. I have been on the low-FODMAP diet for 2 years now. Lot's of trial and error along the way. There is so much more updated accurate information out there now as a result of more specific food testing at Monash Univ in AU. My dietician was trained by this team so I have benefited greatly. Contact me if you'd like.
Better health to you!
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