Hello there - I would recommend you keep a food and medication journal. Write down every single thing you eat, each day and what specific meds you are on and when you take them. Keep a log of all of this and also sum up each day if you felt well, or gassy, etc. As time goes on you will be able to pinpoint good days and perhaps the foods you ate that day might be the way you should eat from now on. I do know this entire IBS cycle is trial and error. What works for one patient doesn't always work for another. Fiber helps some, fiber makes it worse for others. A low residue diet helps some (myself) but others find a high fiber, fresh produce diet helps the most. We all must find whatever it is that works for us and then, stick with it. You can't always rely upon doctors to have the magic formula here. Take control of your life, doctors can try but they're not the ones feeding us each day or controlling our stress. We are. These are all the valuable lessons I've learned along the way, 8+ years now. You must become your own advocate, never apologize for how you are feeling. Most people want to hear that my stomach is bothering me. I let them think that - LOL! It's not my stomach, it's my heaving, rolling, having a mind of its own colon, is what the heck is going on with me! But they do not want to hear all of that. So the polite question I get a lot is - your stomach is upset? I said yes it is. And leave it at that. You just have to find what works for you. Did I know all of this 8 years ago, when I had rectal cancer, 15 inches removed, my sigmoid taken out and my gall bladder too? Oh no! I was a real mess. I joked I'd be taking my meals on the pot from now on - I had 3 bm's during every single meal. The second I chewed, I had to go. I thought my life was over. Well fast forward to now, 8+ years and my life is not over - I'm working part time, I go out into this world and if people have a problem with my gut or my farting, sorry to be so blunt, it's just THEIR problem!
Sorry, got off on a tangent there. Just wanted to tell you how helpful it was when I began a food journal. I kept it faithfully for almost 2 years. If I had M & M's I wrote down how many. I figured out I could have 5 but not a bag. Just for one random example.
I also learned how to say no, to many requests (my children's PTA, invites, etc.). After a while, I didn't even feel bad saying no.
You will find what works for you, trust me. It's just a lot of trial and error, someone to listen to you and a heating pad helps greatly too!
I wish you my very best. I hope I didn't come off as all preachy, I certainly didn't intend to sound that way. I just get annoyed with doctors sometimes. They think giving us 5 minutes of their time and advice, is the cure all and really, when you come down to it, you just have find what works best for you. I have taken 50% of what my surgeon said to heart and the other 50% is comprised of what I read on colon message boards and truthfully, my gut instinct - no pun intended.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 12/21/2007 1:24:42 PM (GMT-7)