You are right that this is difficult to do too much with until I know exactly what it is I'm dealing with. I spent all day yesterday back on a low residue diet, and found things a lot calmer again. This morning, my BM had more clumps of blood rather than stuff that changes the colour of the water in the toilet (I know you're all used to TMI here) which is normally a sign that things are beginning to settle again. How long it lasts, of course, remains to be seen. So far I've not managed anything more than a day or two. Yes, there is bleeding.
I haven't tried immodium or anything for the D as yet. I never really considered it to be D until recently, as I thought proper D was where the stools themselves weren't solid. That's not the case with mine. Mine are generally always normally formed. The mucus only comes in between them, and more commonly, on its own entirely.
I have had a stool test done. But it simply looked for proteins that suggested IBD. They didn't test for any specific bacteria. Apparently my blood results are all good, with one exception that my inflammation markers were slightly elevated.
I'd like to try cutting out grains, but that's going to take a LOT of work. When you're already on a restrictive diet, restricting it further makes it exponentially difficult to actually feed yourself.
I do have a food diary. I've been a bit slack with it of late, but have so far found two things that are definitely not good are dairy and fruit juice. I'm not sure which fruit it is per se. Perhaps it's sucrose fullstop, I'm not sure. It's one food that, like dairy, gives me an almost immediate churning feeling after I've swallowed. The Low FODMAP diet does look interesting as it differentiates between different types of fruit. I might do some experiments with some of those foods and see if I notice anything interesting. I'd like to be able to say "I can eat these kinds of fruits/vegetables, but not these kinds" and Low FODMAP is one that might allow me to start making that distinction. The fruit juices I'm talking about
have always been combination juices (with no added sugar, mind you) so I don't know whether some would cause it more than others.
Post Edited (Gitch) : 1/17/2016 3:38:21 PM (GMT-7)