Im new on this site. I am 64. Ive had IBS since my teens. For many years I have combined my food - eating either only proteins together with other proteins or only carbs with only carbs accompanied by fresh veg every day. In the mornings up until 12 midday I have only eaten fruit combined with seeds and nuts, herbs and certain spices (cinnamon, tumeric etc. which are supposed to be beneficial). I found that this diet has helped considerably. However I have always had loose stools, going up to 6-7 times a day. I introduced psyllium husks (which I bought in bulk) and took a dessert spoonful in warm water every morning 2 hours before I ate my fruits. This seem to bulk up the stools and I had near normal stools although still going 3 or 4 times a day. However I still had trapped wind and which at night would cause me discomfort and sleepless nights. Bicarbonate of soda helped before bedtime. After about 6 months when the packet ran out I reordered but by mistake ordered the powdered psyllium husks. They immediately made me constipated and I quickly found I could not use them. This was last January. Since then I have not been able to get over the constipation and I am constantly bloated and uncomfortable no matter what I eat – or dont eat. I have constant headaches and sinus problems and feel like death warmed up! Even worse at night when I then have acid reflux and hot sweats all night. I went to the doctor who has prescribed lansoprazole, meberverine, peppermint capsules and peppermint gaviscon before bed and Laxido sachets. I have been on this regime for 6 weeks and although it has helped on the whole, I keep having flare-ups that last a week at a time and I cannot function I feel so bad. Yesterday I gave myself an enema after which I passed blood stained mucous and this morning I found a pulsating lump in my tummy next to my naval which is quite tender. So now Im really worried. Ive only eaten fruit since Tuesday (its now Saturday), as I am frightened to eat anything else and dont know what to do?
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