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Your experiences with IBS

Digestive Health | Last Active: Aug 18, 2020 | Replies (67)

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I am reading these posts because I am having difficulties too. I know that dairy is a trigger, but there is something else too, and I have not been able to pinpoint it yet. I am thinking at this point that it is possibly chocolate! The chocolate I eat is very dark 85%cocoa and has no dairy in it. Have any of you heard of chocolate being a trigger?
Fortunately, though I have no pain, just diarrhea. I have been to the doctor, actually the doctor's NP, and she insisted on testing me for celiac even though I have never had a reaction to wheat products.
I was thinking it was a simple lactose intolerance but since I have problems even when I am scrupulously careful about not having any dairy, I presume it must be more than that.
JK

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Hi J.K. Thank you for your reply. I don’t know if this would apply to your chocolate issues but I’ve been reading here today about fructans and f.m. - fructose malabsorption. I’m interpreting that to mean any type of sugar, in any amount. Fruits, certain vegetables by nature (carrots) can trigger issues. Perhaps there is something sugar-like in your chocolate even though it’s Dark. I hope this possibly helps, I’m new to all of this but am seeing things here that make a lot of sense for me regarding this topic. Best wishes to you and thank you for being a Volunteer Mentor!