I suffered for years with IBS, but was finally put on a gluten-free and lactose-free diet to see if it would help. I'd started losing weight, my symptoms were so severe, dropping one and a half stones (21 lbs) or so in about a month. (I was 10st9 - 149 lbs - and 6'3, so a little worrying)
It sort of helped, but then I started Couch 2 5K, since I'd heard that getting into shape could help with IBS symptoms. The only problem is that I started getting new symptoms.
Tiredness, headaches, thirst, dizziness, nausea, cramps, insomnia and generally feeling worse than before I started jogging. These are apparently 'warning' signs of ketosis, something normal for people on low-carb diets, but I wasn't aware that I was...
I eat more rice these days, to take the place of bread and pastry, but I also have gluten-free bread rolls for lunch. I thought I should be fine.
I have an appointment with the doctor (a week tomorrow) and I'll bring up my symptoms with her then, but I was wondering if I should be more immediately worried about it. Are gluten-free diets at risk of becoming low-carb diets? I still have a dose of carbs with dinner and lunch, even if it is usually rice or potato, but should I be eating something else to 'top up' my carbs?
Oddly, I seem to have put the weight I lost back on, but my waist has stayed at the lower size it fell to when I went to see the doctor originally. Building muscle must have an effect, but could that be what is causing so much trouble?