Posted 05 June 2012 - 10:31 AM
Hello,I hope this is the right place to introduce myself.I've been dealing with digestive issues and chronic constipation for as long as I can remember, going back into my childhood. I was diagnosed with IBS around 2004, but I didn't really know what the diagnosis meant. I thought it was more or less just a "name" for constipation and diarrhea. I had no idea that it was related to my other issues, at the time.I went gluten free in 2007 after reading a magazine article about gluten intolerance. It seemed to help - the difference was remarkable, in fact, but after a while I began to have symptoms again, which I thought were caused by gluten cross-contamination. I remained gluten free until early this year.I had ALCAT testing in January and followed the recommended rotation diet for about 12 weeks. (It said I didn't react to gluten, so I began to eat gluten ingredients again.) My doctor said I had Leaky Gut Syndrome. I felt worse and worse, the longer I was on the rotation diet. I read about the Low Oxalate diet and began to look into it with hope of controlling some of my Fibromyalgia and related issues (and I'd read about connections between Leaky Gut and oxalates). It became almost impossible to follow a low oxalate diet and remain on the rotation diet as well, because there were so many things I couldn't have and it wasn't possible to find much balance with what was left.Next, I started to read about Fructose Malabsorption (the ALCAT test did point out a reaction to fructose) and the FODMAP diet (which someone had mentioned to me about a year ago, but I hadn't followed up on).I have been avoiding fructose and fructans to the best of my ability (without completely knowing what to avoid, yet) and there has been some improvement. I have a long way to go, though. I have an appointment on the 12th with a gastroenterologist whose practice lists info about Fructose Intolerance on their web site. I'm going to request a breath test and hopefully they can refer me to a local dietitian who understands FM and the FODMAP diet and can help.I am very fortunate to have an extremely supportive partner. Without her, I would never have been able to find the answers we've found in the last couple years. When I reach my saturation point with frustration and dead ends and I start feeling lost, she is my rock.
Putting pieces of the puzzle together regarding my:
Sensory Integration Issues
Possible Fructose Malabsorption (seeing a Dr. to talk about testing this month)