Hi, I saw a Gastroenterologist privately last night. I've had a lot of tummy and bladder problems for the past three or four years as well as a number of other health issues. I'd seen a urologist first and he insisted I see a Gastroenterologist as well.
He said I am suffering with IBS and I should follow a fodmap diet. I had not heard of this. I have done some research. Every article stresses it should be a last resort and should only be followed under the direction of a dietitian or other health care professional. I looked at a lot of specimen menus - they all included eating meat, poultry or fish. I'm a vegetarian and will not eat any of these.
I did tell the consultant this and he said that was not a problem, but on what I've seen it is. I followed a keto diet for six weeks earlier this year and there are a lot of similarities. But with keto, calories are obtained from cream and fat and some cheeses but these are not permitted in fodmap. My tummy was no better ( or worse) following a keto diet which is gluten free.
I'm also worried about protein - eggs are permitted but no cheese. Protein can be obtained from vegetarian sources but it majors on soy - which I won't eat mostly because of my thyroid problem.
The consultant did not suggest trying anything else first and did not suggest I should see a dietitian. Has anyone had any experience with this diet?
Has anyone found any particular foods hurt or help IBS?
I'm also angry with the guy because he said I was taking too much thyroid meds as my results were well over range. I queried this with him because the results I've been given are not over range. I asked if he was referring to T3 and T4 or the fact that my TSH is suppressed. He said T3 is well over range and that is why my TSH is suppressed. He's going to write to my GP to tell him to reduce my thyroid meds. When I tried to argue with him he told me it was outside his expertise. So I can't understand him writing to my GP. Especially, as he wants my GP to do a couple of tests to check for other health issues.
In Nov 16 T4 16.4 ( 11 - 23 ) T3 4.84 ( 3.1 -6.8 )
In Nov 17 T4 17.4 ( 11 - 23 ) T3 5.08 ( 3.1 - 6.8 )
I found out this morning that my GP had tested my thyroid on 26th March this year.
The thyroid results had been missed off a long list of results.
T4 18.5 ( 11 - 23 ) T3 not tested. TSH was suppressed every time.
Am I missing something? I cannot see how these results are greatly out of range.
Now I'm stressing even more that I was before seeing him and it's cost me a couple of hundred pounds for the privilege!!
Any help and advice is greatly appreciated.