Hello everyone. It seems I have now become a member of a community I consider a double edged sword. I am happy to have traced the origin of some of my issues, but un-happy to be giving up some of my favorite foods.
I have had digestive issues for roughly 7-8 years. My mom claims I have never had issues with going to the bathroom, since I was little...but the last 8 years have been harder than the previous 20. I am 28 and like I said have always seems to have a slight 'urgency' to get to a restroom. In high school/college this symptom seemed to magnify. <insert beer drinking> Now that I am am in the work world its a down right nuance. I have been to my family doctor and 2 years ago a digestive 'specialist' diagnosed me with IBS. Terrific, right?...well no matter how bland of food I ate, I was still running to the restroom. He had me try a dairy free diet, he prescribed me all kinds of expensive drugs...no dice.
Which brings me to 2011. With the turn of the new year I decided enough was enough. I had my suspicions related to Gluten, but the doctor assured me that was not it. Well, I took matter into my own hands and as of January 2nd I have been as Gluten Free as possible. I will say it has not been perfect, but I have had leaps and bounds, more good days than bad. Where as before I was in a bathroom routine, of just dealing with loose stool and occasional migraines.
My question...its been 23 days now. I would say I have had 18 good days and 5 bad. Does this mean I am gluten intolerant? or is the change due to a diet change and nothing more? Are the 5 bad days due to my uneducated diet? I try but i'm sure, not perfect as I learn more every day.
Also, I have have noticed that milk may be cause some of these 'bad days'. Am I allergic to milk too? or is this just a sensitivity in the intestine as it heals?
Thanks in advance. This forum really is a wealth of knowledge.