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