** I originally posted this last year but I thought I would share it again with it being #IbsAwarenessMonth **
It has been a wee while since I posted anything relating to my diet or being gluten free on the blog and there is a very good reason for that.
Things in the old bowel department have not been great. Infact they have been horrendous!
I am lucky that my Liver Specialist is also a Gastroenterologist, so when I saw him back in November I was in a pretty sorry state. Following a gluten free diet was not enough to hold my symptoms at bay and without going into too much information I was pretty much glued to a toilet seat 30-40 minutes after eating.
It was decided that in order to rule out Coeliac Disease then I would need an Endoscopy … which meant having to eat the dreadful gluten for 6 weeks in order to get an accurate diagnosis.
No word of a lie … It Was Awful!
I was so convinced when I went to get my results that I would be told it was Coeliac that I was speechless when my GP said it was negative and that “It’s Just Ibs … ”
JUST IBS?? (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Giving a diagnosis with the word “Just” in it makes it sound like something minor, a small interferance in your life. Well trust me having IBS is more than an interferance to me. It causes major stomach cramps, painful bloating, needing to get to a toilet ASAP and major fatigue.
In my situation it is also causing major nutritional deficiencies. I am deficient in Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D and have low Iron and Folate levels. I will talk more about these in a seperate post as it is deserves a post all of it’s own!
Unfortunately there is no magic cure for IBS …. all you can do is manage the symptoms.
Medication wise Buscopan is something that I always carry with me. It is great for helping relieve the painful stomach cramps that IBS causes and is available to buy over the counter or from an online pharmacy meaning that I don’t have to bother my GP for prescriptions.
I have also been carrying out my own research into more natural ways to manage my condition which lead me to discovering The Low Fodmap Diet. Essentially the term “Fodmap” refers to different food groups which you exclude from your diet for around 4-6 weeks then gradually re-introduce each food group individually to determine what foods are triggering your symptoms.
April is also #IBSAWARENESSMONTH so watch out for a series of posts on the blog about IBS and how to manage the condition!