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Has anyone been tested for Food Sensitivities / Tolerances? Just another route I am trying to cover. Who knows, after 20+ yrs (I am 29) of dealing with un-normal bowel movements, stress, pain and toilets, maybe it is someting in the food I am eating. I was on Lotronex for 8 months when it was out, and it made me 100% normal, hopefully it will again someday. I just want to cover the food thing also. I have an appointment with an Allergy Specialist to see what they say.If anyone has any info on this or knows of certain ingredients that cause loose stool and all the other stuff we deal with, please list them.It is good to know I have other people to talk to that understand all this. I feel many times like locking myself in a closest and staying there, especially after knowing what it was like to be normal while on Lotronex. I hate that my wife and 2 yr old son have to deal with this all the time and miss out on a normal family life, but I do what I can. She understands most of the time, but it is very hard sometimes also, she loves to travel!Thanks, Jeremy
 

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Hey. I too want to get the food testing done, but I can't seem to get a firm answer from my insurance company whether they'll pay for it or not. My Dr. told me that something like half of all IBS symptoms can be made better by identifying food allergies. My known triggers are coffee, eggs, fried potatoes, and anything with a high fat content. I found it interesting that the fr. potatoes affect me since I read an article that they've found a compound in them that my cause colon cancer, maybe there's a link there somewhere.Regarding Lotoronex: I heard it doens't work for guys? You had success with it? Were there any side effects?? Right now I'm taking calcium, it works, but I'm scared it will stop working and it would be nice to know there's a possible drug out there.Let me know if you have the food test how it comes out.Take Care,Antonio-V
 

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Hi fuel90, back in february I has a food intolerance test done in England, I was strick of a list of foods for 8 weeks then I reintroduced them back in my diet, I had a lot of problems with reintroducing wheat and wheat related products so I am down the road for coeliac (spelt celiac her in the UK). The blood results were negative so I am waiting a biospy early next year. Its worth checking out the web sites for coeliac as the symptons are very close to ibs. Good luck
 

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I found a good book that helps you with figuring out what you can eat in the mean time to get started if you are interested. He offers different diets, from fasing and only having juices to recipes that avoid the ones most people are sensitive to. The book is really interesting as it goes into the chemical reactions in the body that are caused by food sensitivities. As I read it I was like "that's me" . Shows how these chemical reactions can cause migraines, acne, eczema, low energy levels, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, depression, IBS, Fbromyalgia...etc. I found that most interesting considering many on here suffer from some of these in addition to IBS. He also talks about how food reactions cause the body to make more mucous to defend itself and I thought that was weird as well..considering so many people have been posting about mucous in their stool or just pure mucous. It's called The False Fat Diet (meaning bloating and fluid retention that you get from sensitivities). written by Elson Haas M.D. It costs around $7.00.
 

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Dear Fuel90,I kept a food journal for several months and discovered many things that I don't tolerate well. Until you can be tested and or buy a book on the subject, I would suggest that you write down EVERYTHING you eat, even each ingrediant and your reaction to it and look for patterns. I was amazed at all the little things that I didn't realize were going on with me until I had this to refere to. It certainly is a way to start taking control of your condition until you can get the doctors and insurance on board with you. Good Luck, Pat
 
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