Has anyone tried a gluten or wheat free diet for IBS?

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Dee Parks
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   Posted 8/12/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had IBS for almost 18 years now and have had every diet and test I can think of.  I read that people with IBS can get some relief if they stay wheat or gluten free. Has anyone tried this? Today even a bowl of applesauce killed my stomach.

shawn12
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   Posted 8/12/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Were you tested for celiac?
 
It may helps some to limit wheat.
 
You might want to read the thread
 
 
On the forum here as part of that I am going over is diet/foods for ibs.
 
What are your symptoms?
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   Posted 8/15/2010 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I would first have a test to determine if you are sensitive to Gluten. It wouldn't harm you to go on a gluten free diet but from what I can gather from reading online medical journals, posts, etc. and from one particular book (The G-Free Diet, by Elisabeth Hasselbeck), it's not easy to go gluten free. It can be done but if you are able to tolerate gluten (and it something else that's irritating your GI tract), I probably wouldn't go to the bother of going off of it. Apparently gluten is in so much of our prepared food (even dining out is a challenge), etc. A food journal might be helpful to try as well but after 18 years of living with this disease, I'm sure you've tried one. If not, at first you think how can writing down every single thing I put into my mouth help (meds, vitamins, food, liquids, if you chewed gum, used straws). But after a while you begin to see a pattern form. I did. I determined that plain food agrees with my gut. And specific go-to foods really turn things around for me (white rice, bananas, applesauce, cottage cheese, yogurt, what my husband jokingly refers to as my White Diet). But as you pointed out applesauce didn't agree with you. So in time you'll find the foods that soothe your tract.

I hope you receive more replies so I also wanted to bump up your thread.

Over on the UC forum, people there have tried gluten free diets.

Good luck to you.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

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KatieEatsWell
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Health crusader Dave Klein, has written a book that is said to be a 100% effective and natural healing diet for IBS, colitis, and Crohns. My nephew who suffered with IBS for years is following this dietary approach (which includes being gluten-free), and has been symptom-free now for two years.

http://www.colitis-crohns.com/

shawn12
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   Posted 8/15/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
"100% effective and natural healing diet for IBS"
 
IBS isn't caused by foods. So foods aren't going to "heal" IBS.
 
IBS trigger foods are pretty well known for the most part.
 
There is some bad information on that site in general.
 
 
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Dee Parks
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies.  I havent been tested for Celiac because the doctor said I didnt have enough symptoms. I have IBS C and D. After 18 years I can't pinpoint any certain type of food that upsets me.  I am just at a loss and trying something new. I am so tired all of the time I am getting to the point of not being able to function.  Just need something to get my energy back.

shawn12
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   Posted 8/16/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
You might till want to get the test for celiac anyway.
 
Dee, this may sound odd, but have you ever heard of gut direst clinical hypnotherapy for IBS?
 
Check out this public access site on it from a highly respected doctor and researcher that works at the UNC center for Functional gi and motility disorders.
 
Why Consider Hypnosis Treatment for IBS?
by Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D.

Hypnosis is only one of several approaches to treating irritable bowel syndrome and may not be the most suitable option for all patients (click here for discussion of treatment options for IBS). However, hypnosis treatment has some advantages which makes it an attractive option for many IBS sufferers with chronic and severe symptoms:

- It is one of the most successful treatment approaches for chronic IBS. The response rate to treatment is 80% and better in most published studies to date.

- The treatment often helps individuals who have failed to get improvements with other methods (see for example: Whorwell et al., 1984, 1987; Palsson et al., 1997, 2000).

- It is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and generally enjoyable.

- It utilizes the healing power of the person's own mind, and is generally completely without negative side effects.

- The treatment sometimes results in improvement in other symptoms or problems such as migraine or tension headaches, along with the improvement in IBS symptoms.

- The beneficial effects of the treatment last long after the end of the course of treatment. According to research, individuals who improve from hypnosis treatment for IBS can generally look forward to years of reduced bowel symptoms

http://www.ibshypnosis.com/whyhypnosis.html

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/public_education_materials.htm

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/

 


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   Posted 8/18/2010 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried going gluten-free, and all it did was make my chronic constipation WAY worse!  NObody understood that one.  Now I'm pretty much following a diet I read about on this forum, "Heather's IB diet," I think.  Lots of soluble fiber, less of everything else.  And I am having more normal bowel movements.  All my adult life, I've been cramming fruits, veggies, and whole grains into my body and I'm a mess. 
 
Go figure!

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