Raw carrots

I have been suffering for quite a whilst now with fairly intense tummy pain in the evenings and the only way I can soothe my tummy is with a hot water bottle, my tummy if also very bloated. The only thing I can think it might be is raw carrots; I love them and am always eating them in the evenings. I'm sure I've seen a post on here that someone found raw carrots to cause pain.

I do have IBS as I was diagnosed around 20 years ago after having a Colonoscopy and Endoscopy.

Thanks very much

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  • Hi! Do you drink enough water? because raw carrots / vegetables and fruit are full of fibre which means you need to be drinking a lot more water to pass it through your system. Do you also exercise much? I am having the exact same problem and my stomach is so bloated and uncomfortable constantly. I am only 18! I don't want this to go on forever but I really think it will :(

  • Thank you NailQueenxo - I drink a lot more water than I used to, probably around at least 2 litres a day. You are young to have IBS - I've had it now for around 20 years and I have had some good times when it's not been so bad.

    Hope you find something that works.


  • Stop eating them for a few days. If it improves you have your answer

  • Hi, any raw veg, is high in fibre, and if you have IBS-C then as others have said you need to drink a lot more water, to help it digest, and pass through.I am IBS-D, and Raw carrots are said to be safe for us, which I must admit, don't cause me a problem, so if you are C maybe it will cause you more problems, and bind you more. Maybe stop eating for a few days and see what happens. Good luck.😬

  • Raw foods definitely cause problems with ibs-c sufferers as its harder to digest and can cause pain along the way to digesting it including crampa and bloating. I find especially carrots do that to me. So i would eliminate them from your diet and see if there is a change

  • I cannot eat any raw veggies espically raw carrots . very hard to digest . I would try not eating raw veggies see how you feel.

  • Thanks all for your replies and I'm glad in a way it's not only me, will eliminate them and see what happens. I do err more on IBS C than D.

  • Try aloe very juice.....that ought to help clear you out! I sincerely hope it does....so easy to get and use. Would love to hear if it helps x

  • Thanks very much and something to certainly think about. I am under the doctors at the moment as my IBS as got significantly worse for the past couple of months or so. I had a plethora of blood tests last Thursday so lets see if that shows anything up, my doctor was also thinking of sending me for another Colonoscopy - the first and only one I had was back in 1999.

    Hope all's good with you.


  • I so feel for you. IBS is a bastard. Please let me know how you get on with the bloods. ....and if you try the aloe vera. .....would be amazing of it was the answer. It's natural and do easy to get hold of.....all the very best xx

  • Thanks so much and it's so good to be on this Forum as everyone is suffering in different ways but understand each other. If you say to someone you have IBS they just say 'oh' - unless you've got or had this debilitating disease then you won't understand.

    Will let you know how I get on with the bloods and if all clear then I will purchase some Aloe Vera.


  • Absolutely! Good luck and look forward to hearing from you xx

  • Don't know if it helps but my IBS-D doesn't tolerate mange tout, or undercooked green beans.

  • Thanks Sara and unfortunately it seems to be the 'good guys' i.e. vegetables that are bad for IBS sufferers. I used to be more IBS C but I now seem to fluctuate between the two.

  • Raw veggies are high in fibre so yes water is important. My ibs is effected when I repeat eat certain foods, fruit and veg mainly. If I eat the same veggie a few days in a row it sets my tummy into painful cramps and suffer D. This applies to low FODMAP foods too.

  • Thank you for your reply. I am drinking a lot more water now than I had been and yes it seems to be that vegetables are the culprit which is a real shame as I love vegetables. You try and be healthy and with this awful 'disease' I'm going to refer to it as, you can't be.

  • Well I've had most of my blood test results and apart from one all are clear, that's a relief and I was even tested for Ovarian Cancer - now that is a relief that was clear. My doctor said that if there are any changes in the tummy then he automatically checks. I have to have one blood test re-done and that's vitamin B12 and Iron as it's come back as inconclusive/boarderline. I've had problems with low iron for years so I'm not surprised about that one.

    He is also going to refer me to a gastro doctor as the hospital. I have to say I cannot fault the way that my doctor has been with me, very caring and listened to everything I've said - I count myself very lucky.

    Oh and I've cut right back on raw carrots, we'll see how that goes.

    Best of luck to you all

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