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#1 Ella Taylor

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Posted 23 November 2018 - 12:03 PM


Hey all!

So im new to this site.. and to IBS sadly! ..


So i have been in recovery from anorexia for 7 years, and so have been through a lot of pain and bloat and gas.. I'm still working on getting my weight up as i am still at a low weight.


However, this last month the pain and bloat has been different and SO much worse. Like a sick feeling, back ache, way more gas etc- yet my weight hasn't gone up so i know its not just recovery stuff.


So my doctor has said its likely to be IBS.. but I'm really struggling with getting a grip on it all.


I think i have IBS-C, as although i do have bowel movement, my entire day i feel like i have not emptied properly.

I seem to react to ANYTHING i eat.. it gets super tight and achey, bubbly and bloated and gassy.. its also giving me back ache recently. It feels like theres a knot in my stomach constantly, and like something is stuck in me. 


Id just like to find out some advice on how and where to start. Ive been keeping a food diary, but as i said, it literally feels like anything i eat i react to, so its hard to find triggers- as well as having to already keep track of my food for my recovery- its a nightmare!!!

If i do have IBS-C, does anyone have any good recommendations of which foods i should maybe start looking at adding or eliminating?  Ive been trying lower fibre choices of breakfast- as i heard this can cause a lot of gas and bloat. but I'm getting mixed ideas as i also know fibre is needed if I'm struggling with toilet needs?


thanks so much if anyone can help.


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Posted 23 November 2018 - 01:57 PM

Hi Ella -


I can't tell you for certain what foods to eat and what foods to avoid but you should take something every day to help you go if it is difficult.


Read this when you have the time (click on below link to view):




Good luck & keep us posted!

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 10:47 AM

From my personal experience I keep an eye on not eating too much of the following:

  • Fiber.  As you know fiber is not digested and just passes through.  It can be hard to move through as it absorbs water.
  • Fatty foods.  Fat slows down digestion.  If you have delayed or slowed digestion already, slowing it further is not good.  
  • Dairy.  I don't have an issue here, but dairy can have a lot of fat, so I am careful for that reason.  
  • (Short Chain) Carbs.  There is research and concerns for something called FODMAPs.  Basically they are short chain carbs that are more likely to ferment in your gut, cause gas and bloating.  Look up FODMAPs and what kind of carbs to watch for.  There is a disciplined diet you can temporarily try to see if these are a problem.  Note, it is not a permanent diet but rather to help id problems.  

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