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IBS - low fibre?

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pinky987 Sun 13-Sep-20 19:10:46

I have been told by my dietician to increase fibre to help resolve my ibs symptoms however I am finding the more I cut out fruit and veg and reduce my fibre then better I am getting.

Does anyone else eat low fibre to help ibs?

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Notathomenow Sun 13-Sep-20 19:11:44

Look at the FODMAP diet and soluble and insoluble fibre.

SalterWatcher Sun 13-Sep-20 19:12:34

Has your dietician mentioned the low fodmap diet? This is an elimination diet that you should do with support from a dietician and then you can start introducing foods.

Look at Monash - it's strict and you follow the elimination of the FODMAPs for at least 6-8 weeks you then start reintroducing foods to see what is causing you problems

pinky987 Sun 13-Sep-20 19:15:14

Sorry should have mentioned I have been following the lowfodmap diet now for 8 weeks. I have seen symptoms improve after I discovered eating a banana daily was causing me problems however whilst my bowel movements are better I am still having a lot wind and gurgling stomach noises.

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anditgoeson Sun 13-Sep-20 19:49:16

I had IBS for years but it was a long time ago now. I found eating fibre made it worse. I had a pretty carb intense diet for a while but it was so bad that at that point that any food was better than none. Once I had it uncontrollably I slowly reintroduced certain veg and fruit. I also cut out fat and dairy. I eat lots of fruit and veg now but I still avoid high fat food like butter and cheese. Definitely speak to a health professional again. And good luck I know how awful it can be.

anditgoeson Sun 13-Sep-20 19:50:25

That should say under control not uncontrollably.

flatpack1 Sun 13-Sep-20 19:57:43

Same here. Mine is much worse with fibre. Bananas have been off the list for years after a particularly bad episode. I can't eat any cereal or tolerate some breads (Hovis)

pinky987 Sun 13-Sep-20 20:22:25

Every time I speak to the dietician I am told to increase fibre so I know she won’t agree with trying low fibre but I have to do something as the wind is quite painful and constant everyday.

@flatpack1 I am eating gluten free cornflakes which my dietitian has advised is ok however when I spoke to a gastroenterologist they said not to eat cereals so unsure whether to stop eating these as well.

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PaperMonster Sun 13-Sep-20 20:23:38

Long time IBS sufferer here - I found that increasing fibre worsened my symptoms dramatically. I followed a low fibre diet for a long time. Not as bad for me these days.

SalterWatcher Mon 14-Sep-20 07:52:49

Currently in reintroduction phase of Low fodmap I already know I'm going to stay gluten free and probably lactose low.

Did you eliminate for low fodmap and then start re-introducing - I know I can't tolerate cereals/grains - wheat etc very well at all

pinky987 Mon 14-Sep-20 08:06:04

I am still in the elimination phase and have not started reintroducing yet. The gluten free cornflakes are lowfodmap which is why I have been eating these.

I have not yet had enough relief from symptoms to reintroduce however I am speaking to my dietician this week about this.

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pinky987 Mon 14-Sep-20 20:49:51

I spoke to the dietitian today who has again told me to increase fibre and that I will not improve without it.

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