Posted 15 October 2012 - 05:10 PM
I am a brand new member here hoping to find answers to questions that I have. I have been diagnosed with IBS and after a colonoscopy a year ago, with Diverticulitis. After receiving these diagnosis, I sometimes feel like I am not heard when I have a "complaint" and go to see my doctor because I alway get the "well you do have IBS" or "you do have Diverticulitis" or both. Agreed this may be what is causing my complaints, I sometimes feel like there is more or perhaps I just need more information than what I am being given.Today for example, I finally gave in and went to see my doctor because I have had severe constipation for 2 1/2 weeks. At this point my gut is distented, I feel I am going to burst, pain, I have a loss of appetite, and general lethargy...basically I feel like #### (pardon the pun). I have tried ClearLax everday for a week, 2 suppositories and 10 senokot tablet...no real movement or change. So, when I see my doc she says well, you do have IBS and Diverticulitis...so perhaps you should eat more fiber. Hmm I say...I don't know how much more fiber I can eat. My usual meals are a Gluten Free Cereal and a piece of fruit, lunch is a large spinach or spring mix salad, with fruits or nuts or vegetable or a combination, dinner is generally chicken, pork or beef, vegetables, and potato, quinoa or rice with a homemade slice of Gluten Free bread or roti made with combinations of sorghum, millet flours, buckwheat, corn meal, brown rice flours etc. Dessert is a bit of frozen yogurt with fresh or frozen berries. I generally have two of three snacks which is fruit based...ie apple, pear, grapes, bananas. I feel that I have a very rounded, healthy diet with plenty of fibre, proteins and nutreints. I now adhere to a strict Gluten Free Diet after discovering that my gas and bloating symptoms have diminished drastically by doing so. If I accidentally consume wheat based products I almost immediately feel the effects and it continues on into the next day. (who knew soy sauce was wheat based...well obviously I didn't but do now). The first time I consumed something unknowingly with wheat in it, it took me a day to figure out what caused me to feel so sick. Now I know what the feeling is and know immediately that I have been glutened! I mention this only because my doctor brought up my decision to be gluten free as perhaps this is what is causing your current IBS, Diverticulitis and chronic constipation. I mentioned to her that the wheat makes me sick...the doctor conceeded that yes I am most likely gluten intolerant. So again it is mentioned that I should bulk up my diet...so after a long description here ... I am at a loss on what that means and how to do it. Given the fact that I eat what I consider to be alot of fiber and balanced meals...what should I be eating to bulk up my diet and lessen the IBS, chronic constipation and diverticulitis. I just feel at a loss. I should mention as well that this has been ongoing for over a year..with the last year being by far the worst. My normal movements now are once a week except upon occassion where it will be two or more weeks. Normal for me before (over a year ago) if was movement 5 or 6 times a day, sometimes constipation and sometimes diarrhea.Any suggestions are most welcome.