Hi Laurie, Welcome to the team. I eat mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, tiny bits of brown rice, quonia, nuts, meat, eggs and cheese. I rarely eat anything from a box. I stay away from sugar and flour as much as I can. Have you tried squashes like pumpkin, acorn, butternut? They help me.
I feel for you. Let us know how you do. I finds the food tracking here on SP helps a lot.
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Food is a trigger, yes. If I have anything with artificial sweeteners, I'm done for!
But the natural, unprocessed foods? That doesn't have to mean "raw" , just to stay away from foods treated with chemicals and additives. You can make rice, or pasta, and add whatever veggies and fruits etc that you can tolerate... and the fruits don't have to be raw to enjoy them. When you cook with them, it breaks down the non-soluble fiber somewhat, so it may be easier for you to tolerate. Like applesauce instead of apples...
If you're talking about GERD--aka heartburn-- having surgery for it is pretty drastic, must have been awful! For myself... I do not have IBS (I got lucky) but I have a diaphragmatic hernia and if I eat more than half a meal at a time, I HURT. It's not worth it! Thanksgiving is no exception...LOL
The thing I did find out, though, through the whole process, is that using the tracker here and correlating it to flare-ups really helped me pinpoint the things to avoid! It takes time and CAREFUL experimentation... but you can figure it out. You've made a great start asking for ideas...
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I was diagnosed with fibro in 1998 so I've been battling this for many years. The one good thing(and the only one) is that you learn to listen to your body. It treats everyone differently and what works for some may not work for you. In my case, I believe that stress triggered it and today, stress is what sets me off again. Knowing this, I have learned to work very hard to keep peace in my life. It would be so much easier for me if it was a certain kind of food that triggers episodes. That I could control, but stress can come from anywhere or anyone. Keep fighting, girl! You'll get there. Hugs!
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Gluten free definitely helped me so much! I'm now under a physician who highly recommends his patients to go through the GAPS diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome). It helps heal the gut and takes down a ton of inflammation.
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I found going gluten-free to be a help. I found when I eat something that has gluten in it I have more pain and wake up with more pain the next day. I also get headaches within a few minutes of eating gluten as well. Sometimes even taking a few days to get rid of the symptoms that are cause by having something with gluten in it.
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Hi! I'm Laurie, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia two years ago. After six months of pain and frustration, visits to several different specialist, eliminating everything else that could possibly be the cause, I was diagnosed. I can pinpoint the exact moment it started. I had stomach surgery for reflux which makes it impossible for me to throw up (sorry if TMI). On Christmas Eve 2011 I got the stomach flu, I heaved for 10.5 hours straight. I told my mother I actually felt like my chest plate was going to bust open. At that time I sprained my chest plate. From that moment on, all the other symptoms started. Burning skin, burning mouth, joint pain, charlies horses, you name it. I think the biggest symptom was fear .. fear of the unknown, not know what was going on with my body. Once they finally put a name to it, and reassured me it wasn't anything that was going to kill me, I felt much better. I still had the pain, but I can deal with the pain knowing what is causing it. I currently take Nortryptalin, which alleviated 90% of the pain almost over night. I still get a lot of breakthroughs, but again I can live with that. Today I am dealing with back spasms and burning skin for no reason at all, but I know it'll clear up in the next day or so. My question for you is, do you find certain foods set you off?? This is the third time I've tried Special K Protein Shakes and each time I've had a flare-up. I know a lot of people who say eating nothing but non-processed food helps tremendously. Has anyone here given it a try?? I want to but until I can get my reflux back under-control, it's not possible. "Raw" foods tear my stomach apart. So, what works for you?
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