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  1. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Treatments
    Any Australian readers? I'm new to this forum, so if I make any blunders....entirely unintentional. Because I live in Australia, we don't have anywhere near the range of Vitamins/Supplements/Medications that are often available in the US and in Europe. With my inquiries below, I'm asking for...
  2. IBS Diarrhea (IBS-D)
    Hi, I'm suffering from severe stomach pain (moves location, sometimes upper, sometimes central) and loose stool (like oatmeal texture - sorry!) every morning. I've been having trouble with my bms since November. I was diagnosed with an anal fissure in September, and was on morphine on and off...
  3. IBS Constipation (IBS-C) and Chronic Constipation
    Hi, just joined, thought I'd post my story whilst I read posts... Background I've recently been diagnosed with constipated IBS. I was originally diagnosed with IBS many years ago, but it was never like this and hasn't seriously affected me until now. Five months ago I stopped drinking...
  4. Welcome!
    I am prompted to post this because of massive bleeding at the moment - something I have usually assumed is internal haemerhoids. Diverticulosis is the only firm diagnosis I have - following my recent post-55 sigmoidoscopy.at the end of last year. I have had permanent near-diarreah for maybe 8...
  5. General Discussion
    I recently tried the specific carbohydrate diet and ended up worse off because of the higher protein intake. Proteins need fats and carbohydrates in order to be digested fully. A diet high in protein and low in carbs or fats is toxic to the body. I found this out the hard way. Bacteria feed...
  6. Diet
    I've gathered a lot of information on carbohydrates over the years and I thought it might help to put all the notes together in an easy to read form. Low carb VS low starch It can be confusing when people refer to diets which are low-carb. This term is often used interchangeably with...
  7. Diet
    My most successful diet is a combination of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the low FODMAP diet. This thread might be confusing for people as I was still eating starches and high FODMAPs and getting mixed results. I wouldn't bother reading this thread as I was still eating the wrong foods...
  8. IBS News, Media, Research, Discussion or Abstracts
    Bacterial gasses are bioactive and can affect intestinal transit. Most people are predominantly methane or hydrogen producers. In IBS, hydrogen producers tend to be diarrhea-predominant and methane producers, constipation-predominant. Overproduction of gas is generally caused by carbohydrate...
  9. Diet
    Most IBS diets offer their own version of comfort foods but I haven't found any I could tolerate. There are 3 food types that feed a bacterial overbalance: starches, high FODMAPs and fibre (all fibre, whether soluble or insoluble). So an ideal comfort food would have to be filling but not...
  10. Diet
    A lot of people here believe that they have underlying physical reasons for their IBS, and that diet makes no difference. If this is true then a meal made up of Brussels sprouts, baked beans and pizza will have the same effects as steamed fish, mashed potato and pumpkin. It's possible that most...
  11. Diet
    This is my list of flatulence-causing foods, from worst to best. This is just my personal list and I'm constantly working on this, changing things around. Everyone's list will be different, but I'm guessing the typical problem foods like alcohol, legumes, milk, bread etc will be at the top for...
  12. Diet
    Can FODMAPs cause Leaky Gut? The low FODMAP diet helps alleviate IBS symptoms by eliminating FODMAPs from your diet but it is generally considered only a short-term measure. FODMAPs are generally healthy for the colon because they ferment into short chain fatty acids, in particular butyrate...
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