So, a few years ago, I had an infection in my arm that left me on antibiotics for just over a month. When I came off them, I found that my body never got back to normal, and left me with almost constant diarrhoea. I went to the doctors several times and they did plenty of tests and said nothing was wrong and that it was probably stress. I would say, even at my most stressed, that I barely reached a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being mega-stressed) and at that time in my life everything was going pretty well, too, so I didn't agree with their assessment.
About a year later, I got sent a letter about a medical trial taking place at my local hospital for IBS sufferers and I was asked if I would like to take part. I did! I went on what is called a low FODMAP diet and found, after excluding many different foods, that I am now lactose intolerant. Great.
Of course, it could have been worse, it could have been wheat...
I was wondering if anyone else had had these issues and, if so, is there any way to get my gut bacteria back to normal so I can eat ice cream, custard, chocolate and normal milk again?
Any advice would be most welcome.
(Also, if anyone would like to know more about low FODMAP diets, feel free to ask).