Adopting a Gluten-free Diet Seems to Have Helped My Pain

Adopting a Gluten-free Diet Seems to Have Helped My Pain
I've had irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D) for as long as I can remember. At times when it was particularly bothersome, and because of colon cancer in my family, I underwent all the usual testing — everything from blood work to sigmoidoscopies to colonoscopies. Fortunately, the results were always negative. I've tried all the medications prescribed for this condition and suffered intolerable side effects from each one. My only options are ingesting probiotics regularly, taking Imodium (loperamide) when needed, and staying at home when all else fails. Years ago, after another negative test result for celiac disease, my gastroenterologist admitted that several other of her non-celiac patients with IBS-D showed improvement when they removed wheat from their diets. Some people are gluten sensitive even without celiac disease. Because I'm sensitive to many other things — not only foods but also environmental factors — it made perfect sense that I would be gluten sensitive as well. I made a half-hearted attempt at changing my diet but noticed no difference in symptoms. Honestly, I was hoping for no improvement. Life without pasta or sandwiches on crusty bread did not sound like living to me. After two weeks without wheat in my diet, I resumed eating everything I had eaten all my life. With no improvement in my IBS and no help from conventional medicine, I eventually turned to acupuncture. At the suggestion of my gluten-free acupuncturist, I finally removed gluten from my diet. Contrary to what I previously believed, it's not only wheat that contains gluten. In nature, you find gluten in barley, rye, triticale, malt, and brewer's yeast. In processed foods, it's everywhere. What an education I received! It quickly became necessary to rea
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  1. sharon woody says:

    My story is very similar to yours, IBS-D, I always knew where the nearest bathroom was located. I did a food elimination diet and still no luck. Then I heard about the FODMAP diet and finally figured out what was happening in my body.

    I knew I was sensitive to lactose, but didn’t realize garlic and onion was causing diarrhea as well. Once those were eliminated, they contain fructans, which are also found in wheat, my symptoms went away.

    Garlic and onion is found in everything under the sun, even more so than gluten, but the results are worth the effort.

    My pain level has gone way down and my energy level has gone way up.


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