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IBS - desperate need for help

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Hi, I'll admit lately I've been a half-ass Whole30er....however I really don't have a choice now to be a Whole15er. I'm miserable and frustrated and was just told I have IBS (another month until that is confirmed) and the beginning of thyroid issues (hypothyroidism) just to monitor and watch each year. If I kick my butt in gear and get my *&%# together can I help these? I am SO SICK of feeling bloated and full even when I eat a Whole30 compliant meal.

Any advice, support or hope please share.

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I don't have ibs but have a zinc deficiency. Look it up, it can be easy to supplement with diet or pills.  I'll let others chime in on diet but wanted to share that titdbit!

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32 minutes ago, marciperry said:

Hi, I'll admit lately I've been a half-ass Whole30er....however I really don't have a choice now to be a Whole15er. I'm miserable and frustrated and was just told I have IBS (another month until that is confirmed) and the beginning of thyroid issues (hypothyroidism) just to monitor and watch each year. If I kick my butt in gear and get my *&%# together can I help these? I am SO SICK of feeling bloated and full even when I eat a Whole30 compliant meal.

Any advice, support or hope please share.

Oh, and don't mess around with thyroid stuff. That'll throw every other function in your body for a loop. Free t3 and free t4 should be in the upper half of the normal range.  Does your doc test these?  Unfortunately, many rely only on testing / dosing based on tsh. Tsh isn't even a thyroid hormone... and many fail to feel better being treated off tsh alone. 

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Thank you all! Yes they did test my thyroid and it's just about 3 points off where it should be...my thought is let's keep it in a good place now but the doc says let's wait and watch it...sigh. I'll restock the fridge this wknd and get to cooking and prepare Whole30 meals and see where I go for the next month while waiting for the specialist. 

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1 hour ago, marciperry said:

Hi, I'll admit lately I've been a half-ass Whole30er....however I really don't have a choice now to be a Whole15er. I'm miserable and frustrated and was just told I have IBS (another month until that is confirmed) and the beginning of thyroid issues (hypothyroidism) just to monitor and watch each year. If I kick my butt in gear and get my *&%# together can I help these? I am SO SICK of feeling bloated and full even when I eat a Whole30 compliant meal.

Any advice, support or hope please share.

Diet can definitely help with IBS - the recommended route to eat low FODMAP veg specifically until the gut heals, at which point you can experiment with reintroing moderate to high FODMAP foods.

You might find >this article< & the accompanying traffic light system list of goods foods about half way down the page helpful - we have a fair amount of low FODMAPers here so if you need any guidance about switching ingredients in a recipe just shout.

The dietary changes, if sustained, should help with the thyroid too.

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marciperry, I know exactly how you feel (IBS and somewhat low T3).  You might also want to get tested for SIBO with a breath test; SIBO is an underlying cause of many cases of IBS. It's frustrating because a diet that will reduce the bloating is so restrictive.  Mostly low FODMAP within W30 guidelines has been helpful for me, but it could be a long road.  Good luck.

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I have IBS as well, & although it didnt completely fix it, doing a (mostly) low fodmap whole 30 made me feel a WHOLE lot better.  There are some great food guides out there for low fodmap and books like this one (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CYTS3PY/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1), but I suggest you do a little research on yourself (i.e. I knew broccoli and garlic were my enemy even before I knew about fodmap).  Best of luck!

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