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A MIRACLE diet has transformed the lives of hundreds of Scots with irritible bowel syndrome .
The Low Fodmap diet, created in Australia, has arrived in Scotland and has helped ease the crippling pain and embarrassing problems which restrict IBS sufferers’ lives.
Fiona McIntyre, 37, from Stirling, was tortured by IBS on and off for 10 years until she was put on the Low Fodmap diet.
Childminder Fiona said: “It affected me every day. I was at the point of not being able to function when I sought out a dietitian to help.
“I had stomach problems, reflux, nausea and really bad tiredness.
“I had constipation and pain at times. When I sat down, I could barely keep my eyes open.”
In addition to her minded children, Fiona has daughter Kirsty, seven, but she was usually too tired to
even play with her properly. Her husband Stewart, 45, “was sick of me moaning about feeling ill all the time”.
Her GP did blood tests and sent her for an endoscopy but all the results came back clear.
In desperation, she contacted dietitian Lesley Reid at the Nuffield Hospital in Glasgow just over a year ago. She put Fiona on the Low Fodmap diet, which has a very strict regime for the first eight weeks.
Fodmap stands for fermentable oligosaccharides (eg wheats, pulses, rye, garlic and onions), disaccharides (eg milk and yogurt), monosaccharides (eg honey, apples, plums, peaches and mangoes) and polyols (artificial sweetners).
The foods are removed from the sufferer’s diet for about two months then reintroduced one at a time to determine how much an individual tolerates before their IBS is triggered.
Fiona discovered wheat was the prime cause of her IBS and has eliminated it from her diet.
She said: “It is a complicated diet and you really need a dietitian to work with you on it. But it works.
“So long as I don’t have wheat, I am virtually normal now. It has given me my life back.
“In my day-to-day life I can get out. I can socialise in and out of work. Until the diet I had to stay home and be miserable.” Lesley, 41, is keen to highlight the benefits of Low Fodmap during IBS Awareness Month.
She has seen a remarkable turnaround in patients.
Lesley said: “One of our patients was so bad that he had to put a Portaloo in the back of his van.
“It was the only way he could hold down a job. He had become scared to go out as he often had diahorrea 15 times a day.
“He thought he would never be able to take his baby for a walk but he can now and he got to go on holiday, which he hadn’t done for 15 years.”
Lesley said about 30 per cent of the population have IBS. She added: “Under colonoscopy, you can’t see anything because it is all at bacterial and microbiological levels.
“It can be debilitating. People become agoraphobic and it can be a major cause of sickness at work.
“IBS doesn’t get the respect it deserves and medication sometimes makes it worse.
“Patients can be given something for constipation but that causes bloating and wind or they are given something for pain which can cause diahorrea.”
She said the bespoke diet is “not for the faint-hearted” but works.
But she said patients should seek the help of a dietitian or a health professional before starting it as it needs to be carefully managed.
Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health/miracle-diet-potential-transform-lives-7826422#plIW4r7W31owW4GL.99