New here but seeking advice on IBS

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Rooman
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/30/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I suffer from a spinal injury and a few years ago i began getting terrible pains in my back and the spinal doctors at first thought it was caused by the nerves in my spine.  However, i narrowed it down to a bloating just under my rib cage and decided to see a GI who ran all the test possible and each test came back saying physically there was nothing wrong with me.  I sometimes get a tightness feeling on the left side just below my rib cage where the upper colon is and it feels like someone is choking off my interstine and so i get a build up of gas or i'm assuming it is gas and then i get a cramping pain as the muscles tighten across my stomach and back area.  I have tried motilliam, buscapan, and all the other medicines prescribed by the specialist but none seem to help.  At present i'm trying Iberogast but i think it might be causing constipation however i was taking degas tablets and have only today stopped taking them while continuing to use Ibergast to see whether it's the degas tablets causing the constipation or whether it will be the Ibergast.  I have to eliminate one at a time.
 
I take colafac to help with motility and it seems to work but i still get a bloating sensation high up and if i could pass the gas, i'm sure i'd be on top of it.  The only way i know how to stop the bloating is to drift to sleep for 15 minutes and then my body relaxes but i'm left with a gluey feeling in my gut as if the gas (if that's what it is) has become one huge mass and it's most unpleasant.  It just feels like i need to do one good *fart* or to pass the gas and i'd be my happy self again.  I changed my diet and eat toast for breakfast, fruit juice, stawberries, the mid morning i have a banana, then i have a salad sandwich for lunch, later in the afternoon a banana, then for dinner i eat non gas vegies with rice and a small portion of meat, then later i eat stawberries and an apple.  I'm on a very healthy, fat free, fried food free diet but sometimes i feel as though i've 2 kilo of bloating in my gut.  Can anyone suggest anything because it can stop me from getting in my chair as whatever the bloating feeling is, it pushes up under my diafram (ribs) and causes lots of pain so when i lie down i must lie on my stomach to ease the bloating.  Suggestions needed please??  Could the doctors be wrong and it's not IBS??
 
 Thanks!

dbab
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   Posted 8/31/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rooman,

Welcome to Healing Well :-)

The first thing that jumped out at me about your posts is the amount of bananas you are eating. I'm not sure if you are aware but bananas are very constipating. I can eat no more than one half a banana in a day and not even on a daily basis. Constipation leads to bloating so it may be your culprit. I do commend you on your choices of foods though, that is wonderful.

The foods that you mentions are very high in fiber and I notice that you say that you recently changed your diet. It could be that you are starting to rapidly on the fiber which WILL cause gas. Fiber should be introduced slowly into a diet. Apples and bananas are notorious for causing gas. If your fruit juice has a lot of sweetner in it, that could be the culprit also. Fruits that are better at not causing gas are things like grapes, nectarines, plums, and kiwi (these are lower in fiber).

Fiber is wonderful and I highly recommend high fiber diets but start off in moderation is probably the best bet.

Hope this helps a bit. Take Care
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/31/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Apples are absolutely notorious for causing gas in people with IBS, especially in juice or raw state (some people are okay with small amounts of applecause or apple pie--which are cooked). And Des is right about the bananas causing constipation.

Personally, all fruit juice gives me gas--with apple juice being the absolute worse. I have to be very sparing with my whole fruits as well; like I said, never any raw apples. And some people on here have a really hard time digesting lettuce.

Oh, and if you are having problems with constipation, a low-fat diet actually isn't very good for you, because it will usually make it worse. The worst constipated I have even been in my life was while I was on a low-fat diet. I went from having diarrhea frequently to staying home to take laxatives because I was so backed up. You need some fat in your diet to keep things moving along. "Good fats" are the best bet for your guts--olive oil, fish, nuts and moderate amounts of dairy (if you can tolerate dairy), especially yogurt.

This may seem very strange to you--eat much less fruit and more (carefully selected) fat--but what's "healthy" for normal people doesn't apply to people with IBS. Sure, bad things (fried foods, trans fats, pizza) are bad for us, but good things (beans, apples) are generally bad for us as well. It kind of leaves you eating foods of indeterminate worth, like white rice, white bread and green tea. It's contrary to everything that's popular in dieting right now, but starches seem to be an IBSer's friend in most cases (provided you don't have Celiac's disease). I don't think I've ever heard anyone on here complain about potatoes, rice, bread, or pasta (sans sauce) bothering them.

Did they test you for bad bacteria? There's a relatively new test in the US in which you blow into a breathalyzer and it will determine if you have too much bad bacteria in your guts (because they produce certain types of gas that you don't normally exhale).

pb4
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   Posted 8/31/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat peeled apples all the time with no problems to my IBS infact it seems helpful...

You should take a good probiotic daily as well.

:)
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dbab
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   Posted 8/31/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
pb, Aha yes!!! so am I... because we are used to the fiber. cool
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