Gluten Free diet and IBS

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   Posted 3/18/2007 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   
about 11 years ago I went on an exclusion diet under the supervision of a gastroentorologist and diagnosed me as having IBS that is triggered by gluten. Over the last 11 years I have eaten a predominately gluten free or low gluten diet and together with reduced intake of corn am able to live largely sympton free.
 
about 5 years ago (and then again 3 years ago) after going off the gluten free diet my symptons worsened significantly and under the care of another gastroentorologist I was advised to take a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics did provide relief from my IBS symptoms but had the side effect of causing a bad case of candida that then required seperate treatment. I would really love to find a way to relieve my IBS symptoms that doesn't require either a restrictive gluten free diet and/or periodic use of antibiotics. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions?
 

7Lil
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   Posted 3/18/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi glutenfree,
Welcome to HealingWell! :-)
Have you actually been tested for Celiac's? If you know you cannot tolerate gluten then I would do anything possible to stay away from it. Probiotics can also help you.... Do you take any? Probiotics are especially helpful and neccessary for those on, or who have just taken, antibiotics. They will help replenish your good bacteria that gets killed off by the antibiotics.
Have you heard of Digestive Advantage for IBS? Many of us have tried it, or are on it, and had good results.
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bunnybabe
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   Posted 3/19/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
i have been gluten free for almost a year now, and with excellent results.
i also had to take three courses of xifaxan for bacterial overgrowth. i keep a regemin of gluten free, acidophillus and enteric coated peppermint oil pills. (the peppermint oil is supposed to be similar to what cranberry juice is to urinary tract infections. it can cause some people diarrhea, i fortunately, am not one of them. it helps the small intestine...which is where my bacterial overgrowth was.)
gluten free is very difficult, and expensive, but for me it is easier then feeling sick every day. i also think gluten free is a healthier diet, i mean i cannot eat most of the processed foods found in the grocery store, and no fast food.
being gluten free is getting a bit easier now that the FDA has gotten involved, packaged products now have to list all the allergens under the ingredients.
i am sorry i have no magic suggestions, but for me gluten free is the way to go.
best of luck to you!
bunnybabe
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   Posted 3/19/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey bunny!!!
Nice to see you around... it had been a while. I hope you are doing well. Give us an update when you feel up to it. :-)
x x x x


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bunnybabe
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   Posted 3/19/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks lil,
life has been chaotic! my dear husband had a horrible accident at work which had turned our lives upside down. (nearly 4,000lbs of steel scenery crushed him) we are getting back to our lives now, he has physical therapy and is done with surgeries for now. luckily, my stupid bowels have been behaving with my GF diet and acidophilus. with all the stress of caring for a loved one 24-7 and holding down a full time job there was no way i could also manage pooping my pants!
he is doing well--and can you believe he was not paralyzed or killed!!!??? he has one heck of a guardian angel!
our dog is good too!
--bunny
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7Lil
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   Posted 3/19/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Wow bunny,
I am so sorry to hear of hubby's accident.  How very lucky the 2 of you are to have come out relatively OK.  Just broken bones?  Phew!  Cannot believe 2 tons of steel and he is still alive!  He does have someone looking out for him.  :-)
I am happy to know your guts have been cooperating through all this.  I can only imagine the stress you have been through.  Keep up the probiotics and your wonderful GF diet you have adapted to so well.
You were missed... Please keep us posted on hubby's progress when you find time.

BTW - LOL "our dog is good too!"  You are too funny!  Glad s/he is doing well too.  tongue


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Sarita
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   Posted 3/19/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

BUNNY!

I'm so glad to hear from you, but so sorry about your husband!  Weren't you guys starting the baby-making process the last time you were hanging around here?  That is astounding that he is doing so well...I'm sure you are a major contributing factor to that.  Where are you guys right now?


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   Posted 3/19/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Glutenfree,
Sorry your thread got taken on a tangent. Have you spoken to your doc about your symptoms? Are you taking probiotics when on antibiotics?
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