Does anyone know a good detox programme to regulate my system after taking presciption strength co-codomol for weeks?

Does anyone know a good detox programme (of food not just liquids like the aloe vera one) to regulate my system after taking presciption strength co-codomol for weeks?

I have been suffering from bouts of terrible, painful constipation followed by diarrhoea for about two weeks and I have not returned to my normal cycle.

I suffer from IBS (type ?) symptoms are heavy bloating, lots of gas and constipation more frequently than bouts of diarrhoea. I never got diagnosed with a particular type C,D so I'm not sure which type I suffer from, I just want to get it back under control and know diet is the way forward. I eat lots of fibre, oats every day but I am unsure whether this is good or bad.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • I've been taking prescription-strength co-codamol (30mg/500mg) for a back problem for over 2 years and, as my IBS symptoms began within months of starting them, I thought that they might have caused it and stopped them for several months. However, my IBS stayed with me and I'm still not sure whether they were responsible or not. I started taking them again as my spinal pain was too great to tolerate and my IBS symptoms did not worsen.

    The good news is that, thanks to info on this website, I started on the low-FODMAP diet for IBS about 5 months ago and this gives me almost total control over my IBS. It doesn't work for everybody, but a lot of people on this forum find it very successful.

    I hope this info is useful to you.

  • Please can you tell me more about this diet?

  • Hi,

    If you follow this link: med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/... you'll get the correct info about the diet as this is where it was developed. Basically, you omit 5 carbohydrate groups from your diet and then if you find that works for you, you try reintroducing a group at a time to see if you can narrow it down.

    The NHS got behind FODMAPs recently too and if you ask your GP/gastro for a dietitian's appointment, you'll be able to get some help with it plus lists of British rather than Australian foods.

  • Thanks so much for the answer, it was my first day on the forum and first question so I think on going to find it a really helpful place to really start dealing with my IBS. I'm not familiar witha low FODMAP diet but ive seen it mentioned on the forum so I'll definitely look into that and see what happens. Thanks again!

  • Hello. I've found the Hardcome diet good for giving my tummy a break and afterwards I am without symptoms for a few weeks. I feel it works after just a few days, but it is recommended that you stay on it for 5. It's quite tough, you can eat as much protein as you like, but I found that I didn't crave protein foods! Apart from that, no processed foods, no caffeine, nothing with sugar in it, no artifical sweetness, no dairy, no fruit (sugar) no pulses, no carbs except a small amount of brown rice. I find it reduces my symptoms after a couple of days and settles my tummy.

  • Hi, manchesta. Sounds like you're in UK so you could get Prof. John Hunter's book "Irritable Bowel Solutions" . Take the quiz in chapter 3. Sounds like you have the "overload and overflow" type like me. I followed the suggestions and my GI doctor has confirmed that this is the correct approach. I have to try to eat high fiber and low fat and regularly use laxatives.

  • Thanks Patv, ill have a look at the book, need to get a definite answer of the type I might be otherwise it just seems to be a lot of diet trials in hope. I know I'm not lactose intolerant or anything n no massive food allergies but there must be something that will help my symptoms. Thanks for the post!

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