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
Post Edited (Marsky) : 8/15/2010 6:59:25 AM (GMT-6)