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Happy to see you here. Join us on the daily chat thread. Most of us talk over there about our IBS issues. emoticon

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emoticon Little-Niki. I have been having problems with IBS since I was 18 and gotten worse. I was told this week to get a notebook and write down everything I eat and what happened after. My doctor suspects I have become lactose intolerant, which it looks like I am. At least with some things. I can manage smoothies made with yogurt and most of the time ice cream and even cheese. Not milk or sour cream. Those cause bloating. Like Linda, I can have something one day and not the next.

Hope that the FODMAP works for you. I would not be able to have anything to eat on that one, so haven't followed it. I did find a couple weeks ago that I can't eat red chili. Hoping I can still eat green chili.



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Little_Niki - emoticon happy that you joined us. I started out with mild IBS. Mostly D. But as I aged my IBS turned into alternating C & D. It has taken a long time for me to figure out what foods hurt me and what doesn't. I also find that I may be able to eat a food on one day with no problem. The next day it triggers an episode. It is so difficult to have IBS. We need to watch what we eat, know where restrooms are in every store or restaurant (if we have D) - it is awful.

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Hi all!

I've probably had mild IBS for a very long time - now that I look back on my history and diet - but recently had a particularly bad digestive month (cramps, gas, diarrhea, constant need for the toilet, producing nothing - you all get the idea). Finally went to the doctor last week, and while I'm still in the midst of being diagnosed, my doc almost immediately said it sounds like IBS. After doing some reading, I think he's probably right.

I also read that a FODMAP diet helps a lot of people with IBS, and have been reading up on that as well. Of course a lot of the foods on no-no list for FODMAP are my favourites and make up a lot of my usual diet (legumes, milk, onions, garlic - gah! no GARLIC!?!). I've been eating basically congee (rice gruel) with an egg and sweet potato for a couple days now and feel much better already - actually slept through the night and didn't need to run to the bathroom immediately after dinner last night!

I'm an old hand at Spark, but haven't been active here for a couple years (hence the new sign-up). I remembered that it was a great resource when I was trying to lose weight actively, and that the teams were fantastic places to find knowledgeable people, so here I am!

Since it seems to be working, my plan is to go full FODMAP for a month then start reintroducing foods I particularly miss and see how I do. Just wondering if you all have suggestions for recipes for a FODMAP diet, or good websites with specifically FODMAP recipes? I like to cook, but I feel like I'm flying blind here.

In the mean time, I will read up on old posts and see if you've already covered this!

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