Fodmap Eating Plan

Posted by Teresa, Volunteer Mentor @hopeful33250, Jun 13, 2020

I will be starting on the fodmap eating plan next week and I'm looking for some suggestions about following this plan for the first four weeks. Did you have the guidance of a dietician? Did you find any books, recipes, YouTube videos that helped you? I'm also wondering how you went about the addition of foods after the four-week restricted period?

Any success stories (I'd really like to hear them). Anything that was particularly helpful or difficult for you?

@astaingegerdm @thull @nancybev

@hopeful33250

That is interesting that you should mention bile flow and no gall bladder, @astaingegerdm. I had my gall bladder removed during one of my carcinoid cancer surgeries. I'm wondering if some of my digestive problems are related to bile flow problems. I suppose I really don't understand what roll the gall bladder (and lack of it) affects bile flow and the digestive process.

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@hopeful33250 – The gallbladder almost seems insignificant the way it connects to the common bile duct from the liver- but it can cause such misery! The bile from the liver is stored in the gallbladder so that when it’s needed it’s ready to go. It helps in fat digestion. The duct opens in the intestine at the same place where the pancreatic duct opens.
After my gallbladder surgery I developed “gravel” in the duct- not stones, but enough to block the opening and in doing so also blocking the pancreatic duct- giving me acute pancreatitis, then chronic.

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@astaingegerdm

@hopeful33250 – The gallbladder almost seems insignificant the way it connects to the common bile duct from the liver- but it can cause such misery! The bile from the liver is stored in the gallbladder so that when it’s needed it’s ready to go. It helps in fat digestion. The duct opens in the intestine at the same place where the pancreatic duct opens.
After my gallbladder surgery I developed “gravel” in the duct- not stones, but enough to block the opening and in doing so also blocking the pancreatic duct- giving me acute pancreatitis, then chronic.

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@astaingegerdm,
Was there any treatment available for the "gravel" in the duct? I'm also wondering about your post where you said, "not a fan of any oil used in cooking, including olive oil". Is that a personal preference or is there medical reasoning based on your health?

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@hopeful33250 – Th so called gravel was detected with a special MRI for that area. It was treated with enlarging the opening to the intestine.
The oil problem is probably secondary to the bile problem. Some oils have a chemical configuration that makes it difficult for me to digest. I don’t know if the doctors know the difference. My daughter has the same- she had her gallbladder out at 19.

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It’s good to meet with a dietician first. This is a medical diet and changes are made systematically.

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@mpeters

It’s good to meet with a dietician first. This is a medical diet and changes are made systematically.

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You are so right, @mpeters. I have had one meeting with a dietician and will have another one in several weeks. Dieticians are most helpful and provide educational support. My next appointment with her will be about re-introducing the foods that I've been restricting. I'm feeling so good right now that I am afraid to change anything!

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@marlailene111

I had c dif several yrs ago and ever since my colon digestive system was off. Then I got an overgrowth of bacteria from taking probiotic from there I started having IBS and had to try different diets bland diet, careful diet and now FodMap. The problem is not one of the diets makes me feel better. The bland is too much wheat and dairy, the careful diet no fiber, the FodMap has some foods that won’t work for me. But I am going to give up wheat and dairy and go glueten free for starters and try FodMap

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When I was just a small child, I had a problem with gas. My big sister always called me stinky. I had no idea what the problem was until not so many years ago, my niece told me her boys were allergic to milk. I never thought of being allergic to anything food wise. So, I decided to quit having cereal every morning for breakfast or lunch when my kids were in school. Guess what! She can no longer call me stinky! I had no idea! Networking is very valuable. Even though my sisters are gone, I feel as if I have a family right here. You may call me Woogie but not Stinky!

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@woogie

When I was just a small child, I had a problem with gas. My big sister always called me stinky. I had no idea what the problem was until not so many years ago, my niece told me her boys were allergic to milk. I never thought of being allergic to anything food wise. So, I decided to quit having cereal every morning for breakfast or lunch when my kids were in school. Guess what! She can no longer call me stinky! I had no idea! Networking is very valuable. Even though my sisters are gone, I feel as if I have a family right here. You may call me Woogie but not Stinky!

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Hello @woogie, I appreciate your post! I'm glad you are part of the Connect family. The fodmap diet is a dairy and gluten-free with other restrictions as well. It is especially helpful for people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

You make a good point, not all good foods are good for everyone. I'm glad that you found the help when you became dairy-free. Have you tried any of the milk alternatives like Almond milk?

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No, I haven't. I will. Thank you. I have had a problem with constipation my whole life. I have taken so many laxatives, drank Miralax, you name it. A couple of weeks ago, I asked my doctor to prescribe Lizness (which I saw on TV). She did and I took one as directed. Take in morning before eating. Later, that night, I was nearly asleep, around midnight. I felt sicker, like I was going to vomit, every nerve in my body was saying something, My bp went up to 200/105 pulse 135. It really scared me, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I did go to the bathroom, it did it's job but what H I went through. Since the rx cost $65, I paid $65 for one pill. Since then, my bp has been up several times–so, I can't blame the pill, can I?

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@woogie

No, I haven't. I will. Thank you. I have had a problem with constipation my whole life. I have taken so many laxatives, drank Miralax, you name it. A couple of weeks ago, I asked my doctor to prescribe Lizness (which I saw on TV). She did and I took one as directed. Take in morning before eating. Later, that night, I was nearly asleep, around midnight. I felt sicker, like I was going to vomit, every nerve in my body was saying something, My bp went up to 200/105 pulse 135. It really scared me, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I did go to the bathroom, it did it's job but what H I went through. Since the rx cost $65, I paid $65 for one pill. Since then, my bp has been up several times–so, I can't blame the pill, can I?

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If the BP problem persists it would be good to contact your doctor. I looked at the drug company's website and it said that if any side effects persist you should call your doctor.

The website (https://www.linzess.com/about-linzess/common-side-effects?) also said that any unusual side effects should be reported to the FDA. Here is the quote from their website: "You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088."

Has your doctor ever mentioned the fodmap eating plan? You follow it for a month and then gradually add restricted foods in very small amounts. As you can't tolerate dairy it might be good to see if gluten is a problem as well.

I hope your side effects from the Linzess begin to dissipate. Will you post again?

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@hopeful33250

If the BP problem persists it would be good to contact your doctor. I looked at the drug company's website and it said that if any side effects persist you should call your doctor.

The website (https://www.linzess.com/about-linzess/common-side-effects?) also said that any unusual side effects should be reported to the FDA. Here is the quote from their website: "You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit http://www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088."

Has your doctor ever mentioned the fodmap eating plan? You follow it for a month and then gradually add restricted foods in very small amounts. As you can't tolerate dairy it might be good to see if gluten is a problem as well.

I hope your side effects from the Linzess begin to dissipate. Will you post again?

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I did go to the doctor. It was my G.P. I told her about it and told her I wasn't going to take it anymore. She didn't know anymore about it than I did. My BP has been high several times since then–two weeks ago when I got the medicine. No, the doctor has never mentioned the fodmap eating plan. She doesn't even know about my being allergic to dairy. I have so many other things, you wouldn't believe it. I have Barrett's Esophagus for one thing. She prescribed a pill I take a night which will help me get to sleep and bp at the same time. I have a hiatal hernia which I am going to have a consultation next week. I am not wanting to go out in public, especially to a hospital to have an operation at this time. I have had so many surgeries, I can't remember them all!

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Complicated health problems are difficult to deal with, @woogie, and you seem to have several. I can see that it would be difficult to sort them all out. Have you considered going to a multi-disciplinary health care center, like a university medical school or a facility like Mayo Clinic? In addition to their research, they have many specialists who work together to solve complex health problems.

In the meantime, I might suggest that you keep a food journal and see if any foods tend to make your symptoms worse. It might give you clues as to other intolerances to foods other than dairy.

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