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Low FODMAP, the beginning!

Monday, November 12, 2012

This year I have been in an out of hospital several times, I even had a sphincterotomy to the sphincter at the base of my billiary tree after being diagnosed with Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, under the care of a gastrointestinal consultant. After several inpatient stays and lots of investigative procedures (including a barium enema that showed something leaning on my bowel which mysteriously disappeared when I was given a futher sigmoidoscopy) my GI consultant returned me to a diagnosis of IBS, in his words 'malignant IBS'. To explain, what he means is a form that effects my quality of life drastically.

With this new diagnosis in hand, I set about researching any recent studies on IBS. I came across a paper on a thing called low FODMAPs eating plans which have proved very effective for managing IBS in patients in Australia and the US. I subsequently found a study conducted in the UK, in Guys Teaching Hospital in London. This study also supported the previous findings. Everything I read recommended I only follow this plan under the supervision of a qualified dietician. So I went to my general practitioner who tried to fob me off saying it was 'faddy' but on my insistence put through a referral none the less. I now have an appointment to see a dietician, on JANUARY THE 17TH!!!

In the meantime I am trying to get myself as healthy as possible before the first tour of my new job starts on the 22nd of january. So I have had to start the elimination process myself, unsupervised. Today I did my shop, granted I couldn't buy all of the ingredients as I simply cannot afford them, and tomorrow I start in earnest. Lets see how this goes x
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  • DIVA600781
    Hi Mona

    Yeah it helped that I emailed the consultant dietician who managed the UK FODMAPs trial and she told me to go back and correct the GP, with her permission to name drop if needed. She stated that low FODMAPs plans have proved 75% effective at reducing IBS symtpoms, I don't think any of the pharmaceuticals they hand out for IBS have that kind of efficacy. Unfortunately this came after my GP appointment, so I haven't had a chance to set him right! Just as well the dietician obviously knows better and the reluctant referral has been accepted.

    Started today with my porridge, they didn't have any lactofree milk in the shop yesterday, so it was porridge with water and half a banana as a sweetner. It's very ironic as this is the first time they haven't had the lactofree milk in months and it just had to be the day I was buying all the ingredients for the elimination phase. Well day one has officially started. I am pooped today, think I may be coming down with something, so think I may exercise later on when I have woken up a bit!

    2790 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/13/2012 4:03:02 AM
  • no profile photo CD2531301
    Despite what your general practitioner said about FODMAP's being faddy, it's actually a great program and is gaining more and more credibility as a way to treat and manage IBS. So glad you continued to persist until you were given a referral.
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    Comment edited on: 11/12/2012 3:32:30 PM
  • DIVA600781
    Thanks TXTOAD9970! I am nothing if not dogmatically determined and persistent lol.
    2791 days ago
  • TXTOAD9970
    At least you are learning about your illness and you have a plan of attack. Good luck to you and I hope the dietician can help you.
    2791 days ago
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