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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/5/2005 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
i am a new member and wonder if anyone can help me. i suffer from excessive gas, some cramps and D&C (althought this isnt always too bad). when i went to my doctor he suggested an intolerance and just said i should cut out wheat for a month.
i can cope with the other bits its just the gas that really gets me down. i dont like going out anywhere in case i have to go, which doesnt help because i suffer from depression and am dying to get out of the house. even work can be a bit of a nightmare.
does anyone else have this problem and has anything helped? anyone know what diet modifications might help? atm it seems to be all the time, but havent noticed one particular food causing my symptoms. im also tired all of the time.
anyhelp would be appreciated! this is so embarrassing :/
p.s. im from the uk if there are any otc remedies.

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   Posted 10/5/2005 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi katterin,
Welcome to Healing Well :)

Your doctor has a great suggestion about cutting out the wheat. I have a friend that did just that along with gluten and even though she doesn't have Celiac, she was able to relieve her symptoms. We think she has an intolerance. I tried it too but didn't do much for me :(

I'm not too familiar with the UK otc meds as I am in the US but I take Beano for my gas symptoms which might help you if its available. Other people take gas-x and it seems to help them. Has your doctor suggested added fiber to your diet as well to regulate your D&C problem?

I'm sure there will be some other members along to give you some suggestions. Again welcome and keep posting. :)
Hugs, Des
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   Posted 10/5/2005 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
no my doctor just suggested going wheat free for a month, but didnt give me any advice on how. i dont think i have too unhealthy a diet, but i do eat a lot of pasta and rice. sometimes i have symptoms, sometimes i dont. im currently trying a supplemement which does have a fibre blend in it but i only started it today :) it aslo has acidpohillus.
i know it sounds awful but i dont want to give up foods at 21! i love most veggies and pasta etc. im quite intimidated by the prospect of a wheat free diet. also i live with my nan and shes quite ill (waiting for a hip replacment) atm so its very difficult to change my diet and i dont want to be an additional burden :(

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   Posted 10/5/2005 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Katterin, welcome to the site!
Unfortunately, I think all of us with IBS suffer from gas and are only able to suppress it to an extent. Like dbab mentioned, I take Beano AND Gas-X. I also like to drink tea after a meal (either mint or peppermint - I have a garden so tea from fresh picked mint is fabulous).
I am in the same boat as you... I don't think I could cut out wheat. It is in everything! What does one eat who can't have wheat? If you can figure it out though it will probably be worth it since your doc recommended it. Have you been tested for wheat tolerance?
Lots of people have tried Digestive Advantage for IBS (otc). If you can't find it there I'm sure you can get it off the web. It has helped me some with gas and has helped a lot with regularity. I have IBS-C & D so I was never consistent. Since I started D.A. I have been more regular.
You said you are taking fiber and acidophillus? How long have you been on them? Usually when you first start up on fiber or probiotics they tend to make you gassy.
Take care and keep posting.

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   Posted 10/5/2005 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
i have cut out wheat on a hunch (and a strange poo episode) and i am going on day five without pain. (everyday i either felt like i ate razor blades, knives or during an attack i felt like i had a charley horse.) i plan on staying wheat free now, i have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow, he is not aware of my diet change. he told me to take lactaid and gas x and nulev. nothing about diet. on my own i found that eggs and dairy are triggers for me--but it is the wheat that is most astounding to me. i was just recently diagnosed with IBS so it could be something else entirely... who knows, but i will do anything to prevent a D attack.
yes, wheat is in everything!!! i read every label, and i baked my own bread this evening... there are a lot of wheat free products on the market now, mainly in organic food stores. i haven't tried "rice pasta" yet, but i am half Polish and grew up eating stranger things! if it is wheat with you, you must read ingredient lists--wheat is a filler in most processed foods.
you should pester your doctor though, it seems weird that you would get no explaination and just written off like you did, then again that was the treatment i got too.... hmmm...
as for all your symptoms, i am sorry-- i do understand though. i hope this forum helps you.
take care of yourself,
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   Posted 10/7/2005 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I know it's hard to get Mexcian foods in the U.K., but if you can switch over from the Italian foods to Mexican foods, you can still get the carbs without the wheat. Tortilla chips are made from corn (still check the label to make sure they haven't slipped any gluten in) and traditional tortillas are made from corn too, although most are made from white flour. The corn ones aren't as good as the flour ones (in my opinion)--namely because you have to heat them up in order to make them soft--but you can still use them for your faijitas and enchiladas and the like. I've heard of potato bread, but I don't know if that involves any wheat or not. American-style corn bread (made with corn meal) does not contain wheat. And bannocks are good; I can't remember if they call for flour, but I know they're predominately oatmeal. If you didn't sweeten them, they should do for a bread substitute.

If you are intolerant but not allergic, I would think that would still entitle you to some wheat daily, but just not as much as the average person can consume. I think rather than going cold turkey you should ease yourself down. Trade the pasta in on Mexican or Chinese foods and replace your carbs with rice and corn. I do know the U.K. has a much better selection than most U.S. cities of Indian and Asian restaurants--both of which should be rice-based and mostly, if not totally, wheat-free (except for the noodles). I wouldn't sweat the gluten that's added into every little thing, but I would try and cut back the large quantities of it that you consume, namely in pasta. If you find yourself about to die for some pasta, at least try and get some spinach or vegeatble pasta. Yes, there's still wheat in it, but there should be a slightly smaller amount, since some of it has been replaced by the spinach, etc.

If you get better after giving up bread and pasta, then you probably are gluten intolerant. Probably want to see an allergist to see if you are really allergic, or just have an intolerence (and thus know whether you can tolerate small doses or need to stay away completely). If you give up the majority of your wheat products but see no difference, I would think you're not wheat intolerant.

Walking is good to combat gas (or period) cramps, so you may want to try taking a walk every day. You're lucky in that the U.K. is walking friendly (what with all the sidewalks and the people who actually DO walk to get where they're going). If you're nervous about getting sick and walking too far, then try walking around the block or to the end of the lane and back. You'll figure out pretty quickly whether or not you're too sick to go far, or if you stand to walk into town. That should help combat your cabin fever and may even help your depression. Sometimes it's good to just walk and think and look at the grass and the sheep and the historic buildings. Helps the sress, which can make IBS worse.

I found the countryside in Wales and Ireland beautiful even when it was raining (but of course it was all new and wonderous to me; if you live there, you take it for granted, same as I take mountains for granted here in Tennessee). When I was in Ireland, I walked to the grocery store and back every day (probably between a mile and a half to two miles round trip), even on the days I wasn't working. It just felt good to be out of the house and to be moving and to enjoy the countryside. That and I only bought enough food for the one day, so it kept me from overeating. When I lived in town, I spent my Sunday afternoons climbing the 100' round tower at the high end of town. I was so in shape then!

Oh, if nothing else, cut out all alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee (which even decaffeinated can be overly acidic) and caffeineated products (except tea, which has little caffeine and good benefits). Caffiene does a number on me and some other people, carbonation can make your gas worse and beer and wine tear a lot of people on this board up (although a lot say they can tolerate hard liquors).

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   Posted 10/7/2005 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Keri, what a bunch of GREAT information... Thank you! I will definitely make a note of a few of your eating tips.
I, too, believe walking is beneficial for cramps. Like you said, I take my surroundings for granted and am learning to take everything in; the earth is so colorful it is amazing. I used to snarl at the bratty kids on my street - but now when I walk by I try and appreciate their simplicity and ignorance.
Thanks for the advice and reminder.
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 10/7/2005 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Other things to avoid:

sugar alcohols (sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol)  watch the low carb stuff

I also have the gas/bloat problem.  I read labels to make sure there are no sugar alcohols in anything, even medications.  I would try Beano but it has sorbitol in it.

Don't chew gum.  Especially sugarless.

Gassy veggies - broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage

Gas-x has helped a little at times.  Sometimes not at all for me.

Splenda tends to bother me too.  I can tolerate sweet n low and nutrasweet in my coffee.

Coffee in the am doesn't bother me but if I have a cup after lunch it's going to be a problem.


Hope this helps.

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