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Fructose Malabsorption

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@redhead63

Hi:
Everyone looses stomach acid as they age. Most likely enzymes too, but most Doctors do not specialize in that type of field, all they seem to care about is giving more prescriptions and telling their patients that they have IBS or FND (Functional Neurological Disorder)
Unfortunately we need to be our own advocate, read as much as possible and do our own research. That is the way it is in this new generation. I like the old ways when the Doctors actually cared and went out of their way to find a solution, not anymore, we are a number and a money machine for the Doctors.

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Regarding doctors telling patients that they have IBS: I don’t disagree that this has probably become a catch all diagnosis when nothing else shows up during testing. But personally, I was relieved to get this diagnosis rather than continually not know month after month what was wrong with me. Has this completely solved my problems? No, but at least the Low Fodmap diet ( restrictive and unpleasant though it is) has helped somewhat.

The g.i. tract is a very complicated system and I think a big part of the problem is there is just a lot the doctors don't know yet. For example right now one of the big areas of research is the gut microbiome. It is not like a broken bone or something definitive. On the other hand, I also had the experience of a doctor who just wanted to do upper endoscopies and colonoscopies over and over, etc., and didn't say IBS or anything or didn't do any breath tests or anything. I had to go up to Mayo to get the fm diagnosis.