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Is this IBS or just food intolerance?

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:36 pm
by Cksigranger
I’m 20 and my bowels completely changed when I started my sophomore year last August. Growing up I ate very healthy because my parents are both fitness buffs. I used to get stomach aches a lot but for some reason not anymore. All of a sudden last year I started having diarrhea that got me out of bed every morning. Went to a gastro. Who only told me to eat a better diet, which I did. And nothing changed. This went on and I started taking probiotics and fiber supplements in January which did nothing as well. I went to a different doctor who recommended a low fod map diet and prescribed me Diphenoxylate-atrop which only decreased the amount of bowel movements i had. In addition to the probiotics and fiber, i now take Krill Oil, L-Glutamine, Magnesium, pepsin and butters, slippery elm, multivitamins, and Vitamin B supplements (Active B Complex). I also work out every day. Now it seems like i don’t get bad diarrhea unless I eat dairy, gluten, soda, high sugar sweets, or spicy foods. But my stool is still bulky and very soft (almost powdery in a way because it turns to powder when I flush) and I see bits of food in it. Throughout the day I am also accompanied by frequent chills and pins and needles all over my body. I’m constantly gassy. I can eat and eat and eat but not put on any weight. What could be wrong with me? I don’t drink alcohol but I do smoke marijuana because It helps with my depression and anxiety, not to mention the uncomfy feeling after a bowel movement. My diet now consists of gluten free grains, lots of fruits and veggies, and protein. It’s as if I’m intolerant to every food, I just wish I knew what was causing the issue because I tested negative for celiac but it seems like gluten still causes diarrhea.

Re: Is this IBS or just food intolerance?

Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:27 am
by talkhealth
Hi Cksigranger,

Sorry to hear of your symptoms. Have you ever considered visiting a functional naturopathic Dr who can test various areas such as whether you have leaky gut, low stomach acid and if you look up SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowpth) that can be a real issue.

Kind regards