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My symptoms began 5 years ago and got progressively worse with time. I went to the doctor over and over, changed doctors when there was no resolution, changed my diet a thousand times, took everything I could find that was supposed to help, had test after test with no real solutions. The doctors just kept saying IBS...over and over for 5 very long, painful, stressful years. Last March after a particularly bad couple of months a friend found a diet plan that she wanted to try for losing weight. It didn't really interest me at first, but she had me read the book as it talked a lot about stomach and digestive issues. the book was Eat Right For Your Blood Type. I am Type O and the author described a lot of my particular symptoms...so I was then intrigued. As I was having a really rough time with my symptoms I decided to try it. One month and just see what happened. I dove in full force and completely changed my diet. I even got rid of everything in the cabinets and fridge that were on the avoid list so I wouldn't be tempted. The plan is very complicated, and a little tricky to manage if you have to eat out very much, but I decided it couldn't hurt so I did it religiously. I noted that most of the diet for my blood type was a lot of the things that had been known to cause me problems in the past...but I kept to it. It has been 4 months now and the ONLY time I've had ANY symptoms is when I stray from the diet plan. I think for me, being Type O ( I don't know if this would help anyone of a different blood type) the main thing has been that the diet is gluten free. After I spoke with my doctor he suggested I might have Celiac Disease instead of IBS. But the only way to test for Celiac is to re-introduce wheat into my diet. I'm just not willing to do that. I think going undiagnosed is a small price to pay for living symptom free. I can't express enough how great I feel. My energy level is back to what it should be. My skin and hair are healthier, and most importantly...NO MORE IBS SYMPTOMS. No drugs, no treatments, just diet. It took about 2 weeks on the new diet to really start feeling better and be symptom free. Now I admit that I do have cravings for wheat products...but it's a small price to pay for feeling like my old self.Again, I say I have no idea if this would work for anyone else..but my main message is this: If you have IBS symptoms and have not been tested for Celiac disease, ask your doctor. It could be a misdiagnosis. If you want more information on the diet plan, just google the book title. You can find it at any library or bookstore. It might not work, but what if it did??
 

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There can be celiac, but some people are sensitive to wheat starch (and sometimes other starches) and do better on a wheat free (or low carb/low all starch) diet.Especially with IBS-D. Low carb diets sometimes make IBS-D substantially better (there was a recent study on this).However, if the diet works for you doesn't really matter much why. Although people sensitive to starches often don't need to be as careful about trace amounts of wheat from food additives as people with celiac disease tend to be.
 

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There can be celiac, but some people are sensitive to wheat starch (and sometimes other starches) and do better on a wheat free (or low carb/low all starch) diet.Especially with IBS-D. Low carb diets sometimes make IBS-D substantially better (there was a recent study on this).However, if the diet works for you doesn't really matter much why. Although people sensitive to starches often don't need to be as careful about trace amounts of wheat from food additives as people with celiac disease tend to be.
I tend to agree...I'm not totally gluten free with the diet, I just avoid wheat and starches (except rice) that seems to be the key for me. So whether its celiac or simply a sensitivity...it's working.
 

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Sounds like it could be a sensitivity to resistant starch and wheat tends to be the largest source of that. Rice, generally, has low levels of resistant starch.As long as you have worked out what works for you. Most of the people I've known with Celiac have been extremely sensitive to trace amounts of wheat in things (even tiny amounts of cross contamination if wheat and non-wheat things are cooked near each other and someone stirs something with the wrong spoon). I assume it comes in degrees of sensitivity (as anything does) but if you can get by with avoiding obvious amounts of wheat starch that is a lot easier than eliminating all traces.Hope it keeps working for you.
 

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I tend to agree...I'm not totally gluten free with the diet, I just avoid wheat and starches (except rice) that seems to be the key for me. So whether its celiac or simply a sensitivity...it's working.
Just wanted to add that you can have both. I have Celiac, was confirmed with endoscopy last August after eating gluten again for 2months for the procedure (I just had to know for sure because my daughter was also experiencing symptoms). However, I can be eating 100% gluten free, to my knowledge and still occasionally get symptoms such as after eating gluten free fried chicken or just a very stressful day at work. My doctor believes I have both which is why I still follow this forum
 
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