Hi. I've struggled with depression and more recently a cycling mood that has been identified as probably bipolar for many years. I'm desperately trying to piece all the parts of a rather complex jigsaw together because I disagree with this disagnosis. I'm not a psychiatrist and the psychiatrist I've seen says my bipolar symptoms are very unusual, although it didn't stop him prescribing lithium which has done nothing.
I know I definitely have IBS. I have a fructan intolerance identified through a FODMAP elimination diet and now I've stopped eating wheat, onion and garlic among other foods I feel incredible. I don't have celiac as I had the full endoscopy test (yuck). There have been no signs of the psychiatric illnesses and I have lots of energy since starting the diet. My trousers are also falling down as the bloating has gone!
What I'm trying to find out is if there is a root cause to everything. At present the psychiatrist, GP, nutritionist and Endocrinologist all treat one part of the symptoms without really talking to each other. Could it be as simple as a food intolerance causing IBS and a leaky gut? A leaky gut can lead to an auto immune response which can destroy the thyroid. An autoimmune thyroiditis illness can mimic bipolar...! Anyone got any ideas? I've posted over on the thyroid forums and the response has been overwhelmingly positive that the thyroid issue is likely to be a major factor but what I've not found out is whether my food problem could be the root cause. I intend to go fructan free for life now so maybe the question will answer itself in the coming months.