I am a colon cancer survivor, 8 years now. Because of the portion my surgeon removed (sigmoid) and also my gall bladder, I am now left with multiple bm's per day, and IBS like symptoms. I had been eating the cancer prevention type diet after my surgeries - fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, high fiber (whole wheat bread, bran cereal), etc. Only to find myself having 3 bm's during each meal and often times - full blown D. A found a colon cancer message board (1999), and someone going thru chemo experiencing severe D, asked for help. His symptoms mimicked mine and another patient recommended going on a Low Residue Diet. I looked at that diet and it make complete sense to me - all the foods on it were the very foods I wasn't eating! And the ones I was eating (fresh strawberries, blueberries, etc.) were the very ones that should be avoided!
Long story short, I went on this diet and within 48 hours I was a new person. I could actually get thru a meal w/o a bm. I could get behind the wheel of my car and actually go somewhere. Now granted I still had plenty of bm's, but they were formed, not loose or all out D. I had to know where each bathroom was - at the mall, grocery stores, parks, schools my kids attended, etc. By now I know where every bathroom is - when we go on vacation, I know where each hotel lobby's bathroom is just in case one of my family members' is using our room's bathroom. In other words, I've had have plan B, C and D in place. LOL!
Can I smile now - yes, but it took a while to get here.
What I am trying to say is this - we are what we eat. How well I know that now. I can tell when I've eaten a food that irritates my colon walls - they become inflamed and swollen, and downright irritated. The stool burns when I go and I become bloated. But if I follow the Low Residue Diet, I do pretty darn good.
I would ask your doctor if this diet would work for you. I would also suggest you keep a Food Journal or Diary. Just any small notebook will do. At the top of each page, print the date. List all the foods you eat that day, down to how many M & M's you might have, or how many soda beverages you might have. List any meds you take that day too. If all of this helps you, then you can look back on good days and make sure you eat those foods that helped you the most.
This is how I have to live my life now. I cannot have chili, or spicy foods. I can have candy, in moderation, but my two pat foods are - bananas and Stonyfield vanilla yogurt. If I had to choose 2 foods that I could live on the rest of my life they would be bananas and yogurt. They are what I call my "magic" foods. You will find your magic foods too.
You could also have an intolerance to certain foods such as dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat.
But I caution you to look at WHAT you are eating b/c it is so true - we are what we eat.
I wish you my very best.