Emily T Posted November 18, 2013 Share Posted November 18, 2013 So I know you are not doctors but I have been to many over the past year with little or no assistance at all. If you have the patience to read through my story/history, I would welcome any thoughts on what my problem is. I have always had a bit of IBS - diarrhea and abdominal cramping, particularly when I ate rich food or high-fat food (greasy fast food, cream-based soups, greasy take-out, etc). I did my first paleo eating experiment last summer (June/July 2012) in response to what I believed was candida overgrowth - bloating, weight gain, fatigue, and fungal nail infections. These symptoms came after a particularly long course of antibiotics and one month of daily swimming in a chlorinated pool (which apparently can trigger candida outbreak). It helped a lot, especially when I went off of birth control pills. By around October, I was back to feeling 100%. I slid back into my old eating habits, but not 100% (I never ate bread or pasta or beer, but plenty of artificial sweeteners, chocolate, alcohol). Around May 2013 my bloating and digestive problems came back. Bloating, gassiness, weight gain, fatigue. It was at this time I started swimming again. I quit swimming and did a whole30 in mid-July 2013, hoping that would help get my digestion back on track. While I saw many, many benefits, my digestion did not significantly improve. I was still gassy and bloated but it did not seem to be in response to anything. I would go 3-4 days without a BM, and then suddenly have very bad diarrhea. Or I would have to strain heavily to make a BM. There was no consistency in the issues that I was having. I tried supplementing with enzymes (slightly less gas at times, but then it seemed to stop working after two days), probiotic foods (lots of terrible stomach cramps or no effect), bone broth (I have no idea if this helped, but it did not hurt), peppermint oil (sometimes it would help me make a BM, sometimes not), natural calm (worked wonders for sleep, but it never helped me go to the bathroom). After my whole30 earlier this year, My digestive problems continued - sometimes gassy, sometimes bloated, but no longer constipated. However, I struggled with reintroduction, mostly drinking too much alcohol. I decided to try another whole30, with slight modifications to help me learn moderation and ease more slowly into off-roading. (My full food diary is here: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/14423-whole30-20-moderation-management/) I have been doing pretty well. Losing weight, feeling better, feeling improvements, and going to the bathroom daily (for the first time in MONTHS). I still experience a good deal of gas and bloating at random times though - again, not in response to any particular foods (for example, I had horrible foul gas after eating green beans and chicken, but I ate them both the next day with no problems). So now, on day 18, I have not had a BM since last Thursday. I am so bloated, gassy, and backed up. I feel crampy, cranky, and terrible. All of my food just sits in my belly. I have severe abdominal distension and I am REALLY uncomfortable. I have not changed my eating patterns at all. It just seems so random. On top of all of that, I randomly seem to have allergic reactions. My eyes are puffy and nose is stuffy seemingly at random. I cannot pinpoint anything causing this. Overall I am mentally at the end of my rope here. I feel like I keep trying and experimenting and cannot identify the cause of my problems. Some days are good, some days are bad, and there is no pattern as far as I can tell. Would love any suggestions or guidance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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