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IBS Triggers

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    Posted by Solzen (U3567417) on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

    I hope you don't think this is a bit crude or improper, but I am having a rather nasty bout of IBS at the moment for some reason and am having to evaluate all my food/drink intake to find the culprit. The only 'new' thing in my diet is courgette, but I cannot believe that is the contributor to this nuisance!

    Is there anyone else on here who suffers with IBS, and if so what foods trigger it for you?

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    Posted by blondiebombshell00 (U11024184) on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

    I can't eat any rich foods - cheese, cream, rich sauces etc are out
    I also know a lot of people cant handle spicy foods or high fibre foods so instead have to have white rice, pasta etc

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    Posted by shine on you crazy diamond (U2227742) on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

    I think recent guidelines are to avoible non soluble fibre. Basically most my diet is on the not advised list! Anyway I gave up trying to find diet triggers years ago as I could feel awful having eaten nothing new, and then feel fine eating the same foods a week later. My theory is that if you're in a "trigger state" any or many foods will trigger an attack that you're fine with in a "normal state", so it's not worth cutting things out of my diet. But then again I have mild symptoms and can generally just get on with things even when feeling bad.

    As for courgettes I don't remember them specifically being on the list of foods to avoid, but guess things can be very different for different people.

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    Posted by barnsleycook (U2188327) on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

    My worst triggers are wholewheat products, high fibre foods, cream, coffee (sometimes), too much rich food and too much alcohol.

    The problem with IBS is that everyone is different and doctors aren't convinced that it is due to food intolerances. I know perfectly well that the above all give me the runs so I avoid them.

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    Posted by sharond101 (U8032685) on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

    Trigger foods, if there is such a thing, are unique to each individual and according to a dietician who specialises in IBS stress is moreso a causative factor than trigger foods themselves. This specialist also told me that if a trigger food is identified it does not necessarily mean this food always causes a reaction and sometimes it can be ok in smaller quantities.

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    Posted by applelisa (U2594776) on Tuesday, 27th July 2010

    I have Crohn's disease, so it's IBD rather than IBS, and I find my trigger foods are pork (joint/fillet/cubes rather than bacon) and sweetcorn - they really mess with my system. Sad, as I love both, and every now and then I'll 'treat' myself only to suffer for the next day or so! I think it's because they're both relatively hard to digest...

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    Posted by barnsleycook (U2188327) on Wednesday, 28th July 2010

    sharond101 is right and has put it much better than I could. My IBS was at its worst when I had a very stressful job. I also find artificial sweeteners a problem and avoid diet drinks like the plague.

    Eating a huge cooked breakfast doesn't help either and I find that I can eat increasingly larger meals as the day goes on. So I eat a small breakfast - a small bowl of low fibre cereal, a piece of white toast or a banana is fine. I can eat a smallish lunch and a normal sized evening meal. I have discovered this by trial and error and this suits me but may not suit other people.

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    Posted by lesleylove (U4947890) on Wednesday, 28th July 2010

    My IBS seems to kick off for no identifiable reason! The last time I had a really bad bout was after eating eggs which don't usually bother me at all. I do know that I can't eat too many grapes and definitely not after having eaten tomoatoes. I really suffer then. And it definitely was worse when I was drinking too much and had a stressful marriage. Take care everyone smiley - hug

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    Posted by Rocky09 (U13897927) on Wednesday, 28th July 2010

    It has taken me years to suss out triggers. I realised fairly early on that most dairy does. Then realised that it was always really bad after going to the in laws - not stress (well...!) but MIL used to always have a platter of grapes out - now I klnow that even one will set it off.

    The other thing that actually affects lots of people but they don't realise it is spring onion. It sounds quite random but is actually reasonably common

    Hope it calms down soon!

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    Posted by Evita (U14271302) on Thursday, 29th July 2010

    My main trigger is stress, if I have that under control then no foods are a problem. If not, wheat is the main culprit in most forms, followed by milk,coffee and anything spicy.

    Good luck wih findig your trigger foods and I hope you feel better soon.

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    Posted by sharond101 (U8032685) on Thursday, 29th July 2010

    My main trigger is stress, if I have that under control then no foods are a problem. If not, wheat is the main culprit in most forms, followed by milk,coffee and anything spicy. 

    Good example of what I mentioned before.

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    Posted by George (U2217669) on Friday, 30th July 2010

    Some time ago I suffered from a bout of "IBS". I put that in quotes because my GP said that it was what you were left with when you couldn't find anything else!

    Now the nasty bit... if you are 50+, your GP should take this very seriously. Most times it will be something simple, BUT, you must eliminate other causes. My GP was very reassuring, but as a precaution, I had a series of fairly unpleasant tests. Fortunately, no problems were found and the symptoms cleared up. The GP put it down to IBS.

    As to the 'trigger' - the only thing I found was excess yeast, especially in things like wheat beer.
    I found that mint tea was beneficial, and mint tables are a standard remedy for IBS.

    I'm sure that you'll be fine, but if you're a more mature person, please get your GP to check it out.

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