Hi everyone. New here and have a question re vitamin deficiencies.
I have been having problems with my bowels for a while, the usual suspects: diarrhoea/constipation cycles, constant bloating, pain and general misery. About 4 years ago I was tested for a few things including celiac disease and probably others but the results came back all clear and the Dr told me as there was no clear cause I was probably suffering with IBS. Since then the symptoms haven't changed much and I've learned to live with them rather than trying any specific treatments or diet changes (all 'bad' foods seem to be delicious foods so I just eat what I want and deal with the consequences!).
Despite having a varied diet I was recently found to have low vitamin B12, iron and ferritin, as well as low vitamin D (in the north England sunlight is rare).
I'm wondering if any of the rest of you have found similar problems? It would make sense perhaps that absorption of vitamins and nutrients could be impaired by relentless diarrhoea?? But I'm curious to know if other people have had the same experience? And/or perhaps alert you to the risk.
Can I also just say how nice it is to have a forum on which to discuss these embarrassing issues with people in the same horrible boat!