I know I don't have the hereditary form, because I wasn't born with it. As for the dietary form, I have the symptoms. I haven't gotten tested though. There really is no reason to. Even if the improbable happens, and they say I'm not fructose intolerant, I still can't eat foods high in fructose, any foods containing HFCS (even breads and sauces), honey, fruits containing sorbitol... They all give me severe diarrhea. Sugar-free foods, such as those with sorbitol, are even worse. I once ate a bag of sugar-free licorice by mistake. It sounded like there was a thunderstorm going on inside my abdomen for several hours.
My current diet is working well for me. I have almost no gas, no bloating, no diarrhea, and well-formed stools. Plus, my abdomen doesn't make noises anymore.
It is really hard for me to eat out though. I don't eat at fast food restaurants, and I still will end up getting diarrhea from eating something wrong. Did you know that McDonalds puts HFCS in almost everything? Drinks, deserts, breads, sauces.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS); Currently in remission
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins, Anti-inflammatory foods, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners -- Fecal transplantation worked, Prednisone stopped working, Colazal stopped working, Asacol stopped working
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