I am sorry for being MIA as of late but I am back and I do have some positive experiences to share.
For those who don't know, I was diagnosed with IBS three years ago. I have suffered with digestive issues all my life but they got considerably worse following a five-week trip to India. Since then, I have poked and prodded, pricked and tested by a number of medical (and quasi-medical) professionals with very little success.
I have now been on a low-FODMAP diet for the past four months. Generally, I feel MUCH better than I did before starting the diet. I certainly have my days (still have pretty uncomfortable bloating and constipation every so often) but, overall, I feel good.
I just wanted to post to let people know that there very well can be a light at the end of the tunnel. A few weeks into the FODMAP diet, I felt terrible. I experienced a flare-up just as bad, if not worse, than any flare-up I'd had in the past. I was pretty ready to give up. I stuck it out, though, and it was worth it. The diet is certainly not a catch-all solution for everyone...but, it is worth a try. Trust me. I've been through it and have come out the other end (no pun intended).
In fact, my fiancé and I recently started a food intolerance/IBS blog called carefulcooking.com. It is still in it's early stages but I write about my experiences with IBS and related issues while my fiancé provides FODMAP-friendly recipes (he's a fantastic cook and a very dedicated supporter of my digestive health) and commentary on what it's like to live with a partner who suffers from IBS. There is not much there yet but more to come!
Hope all is well with the group!
Much love from Toronto,