So i'm fructose intolerant... but

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Yowie
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 1/2/2007 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya brothers and sisters,

I took a hydrogen breath test for Fructose Malabsorbtion in early December 06, and the results came back positive. After about 2 hours i started to produce immense amounts of hydrogen, thereby confirming it.

So my local gp and I had a lengthy discussion about fructose malabsorbtion/intolerance, and i've removed all fructose products from my diet. Several weeks on, I'm yet to see any change my bowel behaviour. Still having loose bowel movements 1-4times per day.

I'm beginning to wonder about my diagnosis - or if the fructose result came back positive for another reason, such as bacterial overgrowth caused by something else. I'm not sure how valid the results are, should i retake the test? Or should i hang on for a few more weeks and see where this leads me. The GP was absolutely certain this was the cause for IBS, but i still have my doubts as i never had this problem before 2005 and i'm 28 years old.

Also I hear that gluten intolerance may also be a possibility, but i've been tested for celiac disease (twice i think), does that mean i'm in the clear?

Kindest regards,

Yowie
DX'd with IBS May 2006

Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.

www.irritablebowelsyndrome-info.com/


Keriamon
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   Posted 1/2/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not exactly sure how the hydrogen breath tests work, but I would think if you produce too much of the wrong kind of gas, it would be entirely possible that you have a bacteria problem (in fact, I thought that was all that test detected). It doesn't seem a correct diangosis in light of your cutting out all fructose (boy, what a chore!) and seeing no improvement. Have you tried probiotics? You'd need to commit to taking them for about three months to see if they help you (it takes a while to oust bad bacteria just using them and not a combination of them and antibiotics).

Have you tried the Caltrate 600 w/vitamin D for your loose stools? If that corrects your loose stools, then it seems irrelevant what bacteria you have in your stomach, lol.

And no, a negative result on a Celiac's Disease is not definitive. I've heard it can be hard to diagnose, meaning that you get a lot of false negatives, and not all gluten intolerances turn up as Celiac's Disease. My mother can't digest raw califlower, but she doesn't have any disease; sometimes you guts just won't digest something properly and there is no visable reason as to why. The best test for gluen sensitivity, if you suspect it, is to just cut out gluten and see if you improve. If you do, and especially if you relapse after consuming bread or something like that, then you can be pretty confident that you have a gluten sensititivty, regardless of what your Celiac's tests said.

Yowie
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 1/2/2007 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Keriamon. I've tried probiotics, doesn't appear to help. And i've taken Caltrate 600 w/ Vit D, and that didn't help with the loose stools either.

However, at one stage, i did ask my doctor to prescribe me an antibiotic (Ciprofloximin i believe) and that was the best i felt for 4 days in a row and then the loose stools came back. So later on i took a second course of it about a month later, and while it helped the symptoms quickly returned again.

Boy i'm going crazy here.. feel like i'm just going around in circles again and again.

Also been dropping in weight ... weighed 58kg at the start of last year, now i'm around 53.5kg :( Had an endoscopy and colonoscopy, all clear.
DX'd with Fructose Malabsorbtion Dec 2006
DX'd with IBS May 2006

Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.

www.irritablebowelsyndrome-info.com/


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/2/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Yowie, there are some antibiotics that they give especially for people with diahrea. I know someone will come up with the names but they are using them more and more. This is really a vague post and I apologize but I can't remember the names and I am sure someone else can. One is used mostly in children but now being used in adults. They are very expensive but they do seem to work. HELP someone?

Yowie
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 1/2/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Cipro, Rifaximin, there's a few more but i can't remember which class they were, are all used to treat traveller's diahrea. I believe they're currently on the Aust Pharmaceutical's Benefit's (PBS), so they're not that expensive for aussies.

My problem is, i've been positively identified as a fructose malabsorber. Whether this is a false-positive caused by my IBS unable to digest any sugars, is debatable. But nevertheless I will continue to cut back my fructose.

But I think there's something to be said about the antibiotics I took earlier last year which made me feel so wonderful. :S Could it be treating the underlying cause of my IBS? Is it possible that fructose is NOT the underlying cause of all my worries?

I did some research and came across this wonderful little bacterial strain... D.Fragilis (see my thread here :
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=26&m=689204 ). Not jumping to any conclusions here, but it would be interesting to see if I could get tested for it.
DX'd with Fructose Malabsorbtion Dec 2006
DX'd with IBS May 2006

Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.

www.irritablebowelsyndrome-info.com/


axelsmom1
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 45
   Posted 1/10/2007 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have no idea if I have fructose intolerance but I get horribly sick and constipated if I eat much sugar; this started happening right about the time I figured out it was IBS. Sometimes if I eat too much fruit I'll get the same reaction. So I've had to try to stay away from sweets and sugar in general - not easy for someone with a sweet tooth.

Yowie
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 91
   Posted 1/10/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Not to mention ice creams (nooooooo.... ).

Are you planning on getting a fructose test to confirm this?
DX'd with Fructose Malabsorbtion Dec 2006
DX'd with IBS May 2006

Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.

www.irritablebowelsyndrome-info.com/

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