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FODMAP diet?

Hi guys, have tried almost everything now to deal with IBS

Have a lot of swelling/gas/stomach upsets you know the score

Have been reading up on the fodmap diet just wondering if anyone has tried it? Has it worked for you etc?

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I would definitely recommend giving it a go. I haven’t found it foolproof, but it has definitely helped. I was having D every 7-10 days before FODMAP in 2016. I started the diet in January this year and I’d say I’ve had D since... 7 times total! A vast improvement. It’s tough, but you’ll get used to it and it’ll help you work out your main triggers. Good luck!

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I tried I all. But ended up being diagnosed with Dysbiosis. This is food fermenting in your gut. You could ask your doctor for a test.

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What did you do for this? How was if diagnosed? thank you

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I think it can be done with a breath test. But I had a ct scan . Is your stomach huge?

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I now have my IBS completely under control by working out which foods (all FODMAPs) affect me. It took a bit of trial and error as sometimes I am ok with a smaller amount of something or one thing on it's own but they have a cumulative effect. e.g I am ok with a small amount of well cooked onion or a tiny amount of garlic but if I have too much of one or the other or have them both at once my IBSD comes back. Certain things like cherries, peas and sweet potatoes I just never eat now and just a ting bit of any of them sets me off. I have a particular problem with Polyols and some Oglios. To start with I cut out absolutely everything on the list for two weeks (4 weeks is recommended but my symptoms went away very quickly when I cut everything out - you might want to do the full 4 weeks to really give your system a rest) I then started introducing the foods I pretty much knew weren't triggers first and then things I thought might be triggers but wasn't sure of. Hope that helps :)

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What did you do about flavourings and natural flavourings? I am unsure how to test for these but the app I use keeps telling me I have not tested for them but I can't see how to test for them. Thanks

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I'm not sure, sorry. I tend to eat a mainly fruit, veg and grain based diet with a bit of fish and cook from scratch so don't have that many flavoured things. I know that if I ever have MSG in anything that starts my IBS up so avoid that. I also steer well clear of any artificial sweeteners ending in 'ol' as they cause me no end of bother.

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Thanks for coming back to me. It's a lot of trial and error isn't it. Hope you manage to continue to have things under control.

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Hi it's mostly helped me to manage IBS symptoms. But recently tested for candida overgrowth which was positive which explains symptoms so a whole different diet for short term. Would suggest testing for candida if you have not already x

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I have been on the FODMAP diet for 6 weeks after 20 miserable years with IBS C. I am very strict with and my symptoms disappeared within a week. With Christmas approaching and eating out a lot, I am a bit worried about the consequences. I will start the reintroduction in the new year. I can say that for me, it has been miraculous. I went to a trained dietitian on fodmap advised by my gastroenterologist.

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