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I was wondering if anybody is experiencing this same problem.You can tolerate a food for a period of time, and then all of a sudden you cannot eat that food anymore. It has happened to me so far with Bananas, could eat them for a few months and tyhen all of a sudden as soon as I ate bananas I had an IBS attack, cant touch them ever since, then it happened with white rice, I could eat it without problems, then all of a sudden it causedf cramps and terrible constipation, cant touch it ever since. Now it apples. As soon as I eat an apple, first I have problems at a gastric level (indigestion etc) and then diarrhoea and cramps
i am afraid that at this rate I will end up not being able to eat anything in a few years time
Any input will be appreciated
 

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Hey Pitzi, I experience the same thing. I've kept a diary of the "offenders", but at later dates I can tolerate the offenders and it's the non-offenders that get me. I had a colorectal specialist in Denver tell me that this is often the way the body works. What adjustments you do have figured out that work for you for a period of time suddenly no longer work. The only food items that have never come off the offender list for me are dairy products. Yet sometimes I get such a craving for cookies & milk or a bowl of ice cream that I do indulge & boy, do I pay for that indulgence! I have weak sphincter strength because of medical proceedures, and often have problems with controlling the passage of gas or D.
 

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I tried an elimination diet last year with no results at all. When I was down to sugar free jello, broth and gluten free bread, I still had the IBS cramps. Sometimes I get them after a meal and other times I don't. For a long time I thought caffeine triggered my IBS and I avoided it, then we were out at a freinds house and they served coffee, I splurged and was fine. Since then, I drink coffee regularly...sometimes I have cramps and other times no. My new theory is that it isn't the type of food, but the quantity. As I have started eating smaller portions, I have found things to be a bit better. Who knows??? Good luck
 

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If you are finding that a particular food is okay for a while and then not okay, make sure not to eat it all the time. Put 3 or 4 days between consumption of the same food. Don't let any one food "build" up in your system if it starts bothering you after seeming to be an okay food. That's helped me a lot with apples, bananas, and chicken.
 

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I can relate to you all, I used to love eating Yoghurt and Ice cream, now I cant touch the stuff, its getting to the stage where I have to start cutting out caffeine too, I have just tried taking peppermint tea, and boy is it gross..lol but they say its supposed to help with Ibs, I also get cravings for the likes of honey puffs and milk or a bowl of ice cream but I think i'd rather fight the cravings than have the afteraffects.. they also say that ginger is supposed to help too does anyone have any idea as to wether this is true?Tomorrow is a brand new day..
 

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before i was diagnosed with ibs, i thought i was lactose intolerant and so i cut out dairy. this worked for a while and then i started having attacks again so i cut out fast food. this also worked for a while but the attacks would always return. finally i was eating only bread and meat and water and i was still having attacks! so i finally went to the doc.i have noticed that i can now eat almost anything in moderation--although i'm still a little too scared to try the chedder stuffed jalepenos lol! the only thing that gave me consistent trouble was dairy. i read somewhere that yogurt was supposed to help you if you couldn't digest dairy. i thought this was strange but i read on. the live cultures in yogurt digest the lactose for you. if you start with a little yogurt at first (they say that organic is best) and gradually increase the amount, it can help raise your tolerance to lactose quite a bit. now i eat a little cheese every day!
 

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I can relate to many of you and your concerns. For years, certain foods never bothered me, then the next, I couldn't last longer than an hour after I ate the "trigger" food. Basically, each body is different and I find what one's person fave is, to another person its the mortal enemy....i.e. iced coffee, whole milk, romaine salad, bran cereal, etc.I've tried to stick to "what I know" and sometimes there's no rhyme or reason. As for eating fast food, or stuffed jalepenos. More power to you! That's the first type of food my doctor in high school told my mother I needed to cut out of my diet. Fatty, fast foods.....i.e. Micky D's, etc. He said it was hard on the stomach and gall bladder to get through all that sugar and fat.But hey, everyone's different. I'm just happy that the medical world is recognizing this as a "real problem" and not made up in our heads.Winnie
 

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I think Lincoln is on to something. It does seem like anything can trigger it and nothing really works. From what I have been reading since I recently found this Bulletin Board, IBS causes problems because of spasms in the intestines, and if this is caused by stress, etc and not food, then perhaps just taking it easy on your stomach and not overloading it is the answer.On the other hand I do feel that cutting wheat out of my diet was the best thing I ever did and that things like nuts and cheese and spices are only going to aggravate matters.
 
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