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Fructose Malabsorption Worsening

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Since going gluten free 9 months ago I have identified a number of additional foods I cannot tolerate. FM came into the picture as well. However, I don't remember FM being so problematic until I cleared all the other foods. I have had the healthiest gut over the last month since kicking coffee and corn, but anything with even a small amount of fructose causes GI distress. Any idea why it has worsened? Could I have a leaky enough gut still and when or if that heals might I be able to tolerate fructose better?

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Unfortunately, chances are good that you've always had fructose malabsorption and that getting away from your intolerances has unmasked the symptoms. Some of the people in the fructmal group think that gut dysbiosis plays a role in the development of FM and in the symptoms and severity. I'd be inclined to start on some good probiotics. Some people say Fructosin helps but I don't know whether it's for sale in the US.

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Skylark, good point about gut flora imbalance. I will start researching probiotics. I just today figured out that the generic loratadine I've been taking contains corn starch and fructose, both of which get me. I can't seem to find an allergy medicine that contains nothing that I can't tolerate. That includes gluten, soy, fructose, dairy, eggs and corn. That is what I know so far.

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I don't see your allergens in any of the brand-name liqui-gel formulations, unless sorbitol is a big problem. I doubt they contain much since it's at the ends of the lists.

Benadryl liquid gels: diphenhydramine, gelatin, glycerin, polyethylene glycol, purified water, and sorbitol. Capsules are imprinted with edible dye-free ink.

Zyrtec liquid gels: Cetirizine HCl, Gelatin, Glycerine, Mannitol, Pharmaceutical Ink, Polyethaline Glycol 400, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitan, Sorbitol

Claritin liqui-gels: loratidine, capric/caprylic triglicerides [this would be from coconut], FD&C blue no 1, gelatin, glycerine, pharmaceutical ink, polysorbate 80, providone, purified water, sorbitol

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Benadryl knocks me out, which is OK for nights, but not during the day. Have not tried the others yet, but I will. Sorbitol is an unknown for me. Thanks for the great info.

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