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Anyone have information about post-infectious IBS? I saw a GI specialist two weeks ago and he thinks I likely have this and that it could be weeks to months before I am better. I don't know what to eat. He said avoid milk and otherwise eat a regular diet! It seems there can be nothing regular about my diet, however, since the bland foods don't quiet the symptoms, I certainly don't aspire to try to experiment much. The few internet searches I have done have been so dismal re: 50% of patients with post-infectious IBS getting better. I have had the worst past two months ever with regard to stomach illness and bowel issues. It has been so discouraging. I used to have the best GI system and never realized it. I ate particularly healthy foods, enjoyed cooking new recipes, and never had problems. Now I am angry about all this trouble and abnormality. I hate going to the grocery store and eating dinner, particularly. I eat the same darn things all the time, thinking I am playing it safe with plain pasta, turkey burgers or cooked chicken from the supermarket. No fruit. No veggies. No zest. I know that IBS it typically correlated with anxiety and depression. I did not have trouble with that but now I know my lifestyle has been dramatically altered and I don't know what hope to try to have. Who wouldn't be depressed and anxious because of the post-infectious IBS? There must not be any local support groups. My GI doctor spent little time with me, felt around in the abdomen, asked questions about my recent history, and said I could have a colonoscopy, but it's not like he strongly recommended it. He said I could cancel in a couple weeks if I were feeling better. Well I don't have acute issues, but things aren't normal. Nevertheless, there is no way I am going to spend a day eating clear liquids and then take laxatives after what I have been through! I have lost about eight pounds and look like rail. You'd think the doctor would have referred me to a nutritionist or made a follow-up appointment or something. Perhaps I should try another GI specialist. What do others think? Any other PI-IBS sufferers out there?
 

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For a lot of people diet doesn't do much to make IBS worse or better so other than avoiding fatty foods, and maybe cooking your veggies rather than eating a lot of them raw and picking fruits lower in sorbitol (or cooking the high sorbitol ones) there isn't that much of a magic diet a nutritionist can give you.I would work back to eating a healthier diet and start with adding in things like cooked carrots or steamed/stirfried spinach and see what you can tolerate. Not getting nutritious foods won't help much.PI-IBS usually lasts at least 6 months but usually tends to resolve in the 2-5 year range. I know that seems daunting, but looking for signs it is getting better and focusing on that rather than dreading it being bad will help you heal up, if nothing else it will help with any anxiety issues.You might look at the Calcium thread (just take calcium with vitamin D) and might think about Imodium if you need to ease the diarrhea so you feel more confident about eating.If this GI isn't interested in treating you (even antispasmodics to take before a meal can help) it may be worth finding one that will help work through some treatments.
 
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