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I agree with you, everyone is different. In fact, I can eat a certain food and have no problem, the next day I may eat the same food and have gas, bloating, etc. The one thing that I normally will do after a meal is take a gas relief product with Simethicone. I also drink a lot of water each day and do some form of exercise, which seems to help.

Goood luck. Keep us updated on how you are doing.

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According to my mum, I've never had the best track record when it came to going to the toilet regularly, but it was only when I did work experience with a GP and sat in on an IBS consultation that I realised what was happening was definitely not normal! A few years on and my GP decided to try me on peppermint tablets, which were great - when I remembered to take them! Usually I'd only remember once I'd started eating, and with some reports of heartburn having them after eating I decided not to risk it. Now I have them in my kitchen cupboard so that I usually spot them while making tea, and I'm better at remembering them.

However, lately I've been getting a lot more stomach cramping, LOTS of gas, which is highly embarrasing, and had a weekend of really bad and painful constipation, so went to the GP to see if there was anything else to do. She gave me some lactulose to ease the flare up but said what I really need to do was sort my diet out.

The drs appointment did shake me up a bit so I am definitely trying, but I'm just finding all the information out there super confusing as everything seems to be contradicting itself - do or do not eat certain veg, do or do not eat bran etc etc. I'm a med student so I do know the basics, but even still I'm confused.

But more than anything I'm struggling with the potential cost of it all... While I'm quite a healthy student in some aspects (I love exercise and love fruit and veg and good quality food, rather than takeaways and fast food), my bank account has really been hit hard this term and to help with budgeting, and so my diet has suffered because I've definitely bought less fresh products and much cheaper things like tinned soup. Cooking for myself as well I tend to make big batches of things and then just reheat, and so often cook things like soups, chillis or pastas, not sure how suitable they are.

I know my diet isn't great but I'm prepared to change it if it makes me feel better - I'm wondering if anyone has got any budget meals or tips that might be suitable? Has anyone had any similar challenges that they've overcome?

I've changed to having either bran wheats or porridge for breakfast, does this sound ok?

Everywhere I look, people are suggesting things like "flaxseed" - do they actually help? Its definitely not in the Tesco Metro where I have to do most my shopping but I'd be willing to go on a search if it actually would help...

I know everybody is different but I really am a bit lost right now so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...

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