Some of this may be TMI.
Consider yourself warned.
As many of you know, I have IBS-D and was put on Loperamide to help control it for the last year+. Well, a couple weeks ago, I started seeing a nutritionist thru the VA, and she started me on the Low-FODMAP diet which is apparently for IBS sufferers. ((wtf my gastric doctors didn’t do this is beyond me, but whatever…))
To say that I am pleased so far on this diet is an understatement. Three weeks in and I can see and feel improvement. On this diet, I have one or two episodes every day to two days – a huge improvement over 2 or 3 a day on the Loperamide or 6 to 7 a day with nothing to help at all. This improvement alone makes me want to keep the diet, but there is more…
The gas, swelling, cramping, and overall constant discomfort in my stomach and chest area has lessened. My pants are fitting again – I haven’t lost any weight yet they are needing to be pulled up or worn with a belt! Also, the acid reflux has almost completely went away!!! Hooray for no more heartburn!
So three weeks into a six week trial, and my brain is already weighing the pros and cons of this Low-FODMAP diet.
PRO: Reduction in pain / symptoms beyond the ability of medication
PRO: Feel better; look better (I have needed this boost for a while!)
PRO: Less embarrassing bathroom trips and bowel episodes…
PRO: Easier to work, go out, spend time with family / friends, etc
CON: BUT IS EXPENSIVE!!! More expensive than medication alone…