Welcome!

I’m a guy in his early thirties who suffers from IBS and have had various symptoms over the last ten years, which I have been treating with a combination of the low FODMAP diet, some medications, and now therapy as well.

This website and blog is designed to provide information and support to others with the condition and their friends and family. Expect to find information about the low FODMAP diet, suitable recipes, discussions about treatments, thoughts about the causes of IBS and advice on living with the condition.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and I hope you find what you’re looking for. If you don’t or would like to know more, please feel free to reach out through the comment fields, email (patientjuk [at] gmail.com) or find me on Twitter @PatientJ_UK.

PJ

 

 

5 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. kitty January 10, 2016 / 4:34 am

    Hi there, this is a well written blog. I have been trying to find a solution to the IBS I experience for years and am trying to find out if the product Atrantil is any good. There are testimonials on the website but I am always skeptical of what is on a company’s website. Have you tried it? Thanks.

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    • patientj January 10, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Thanks for time compliment; glad you like the blog. I’d not heard of Atrantil until you mentioned it but like you I am also a little skeptical of claims on a company’s website. If you look hard enough, you can find a link to their research paper on the website (http://atrantil.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Atrantil-JGHR.pdf). It’s a very small exploratory study and you don’t know if they’ve cherry-picked results. I am a little suspicious because the journal article declares no conflict of interest despite the fact that two of its authors designed Atrantil! That’s not to say that some people haven’t had success using it, though. You could try asking at HealthUnlocked (https://healthunlocked.com/). There’s a large IBS community page on there so maybe some people have tried it.

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  2. Trudi Kammerling February 7, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    OMG! This is the most interesting and informative, simply the best written blog I’ve come across so far on this subject. I have suffered from a painfully bloating stomach (and I’m talking pregnant looking tummy!) for years and years when, finally, my GP referred me to a NHS dietician at the UCLH at end of Jan 2016, specialising in the low-FODMAP eating plan. (She too gave me the booklets from King’s College) But there is so much more on the Internet, including your fabulous website. So, this is all new to me, and there is so much to take in! I’ve only glimpsed over your blog today very eagerly (my keywords were FODMAP and Bovril!) and what I’m reading in this blog is very inspiring, so I shall study it more in depth! I’m a healthy size 10/12, 5’6” tall and weigh btw 60-62kg (with a constantly pregnant looking tummy, though) However, following the low-FODMAP diet usually results in weight loss, which I don’t really want to happen. How can I keep my weight for health reasons and eat low-FODMAP foods? My mind is spinning now… there is so much to take in! Your advise is very much appreciated.

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    • patientj February 7, 2016 / 11:17 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words. When I first started writing the blog a couple of years ago I did it because I wanted to help people in a similar predicament to myself, so it is heartwarming to hear it is achieving its goal. I too lost a bit of weight when I started to the diet but I can’t remember offhand what I did to resolve that. My diary is quite busy this week but I’ll have a think and try to remember what advice I was given and post again, hopefully by the weekend.

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    • patientj March 13, 2016 / 1:00 pm

      I’m so sorry I forgot to get back to you, Trudi. How has your journey into the low FODMAP world gone so far? You’re right, quite a few people mention that the low FODMAP diet leads to weight loss and there are several possible reasons for this such as:

      – making more meals from scratch so avoiding hidden ingredients in other meals that may cause weight gain
      – fewer calories in the new diet

      Everyone has their own unique diet so where the loss of calories comes from will vary from person to person. Perhaps one’s accustomed to eating an apple every day and when you go on to the diet you don’t replace this with something of the same number of calories. Maybe one of the meals you eat every day is significantly different in calories.

      My breakfast routine didn’t really change (I continued to have two bowls of cereal every morning with lactose-free milk) but I did struggle to find one or two dinners a week where it wasn’t as easy to find a non-wheat-based substitute. I struggled more with lunches and snacks.

      I can’t remember if I lost much weight while on the elimination phase of the diet but I remember being more hungry than usual in the afternoons. My dietician suggested I might not be getting enough calories in the morning so I tried to make an extra effort to eat some more snacks. These perhaps weren’t the healthiest things (oatcakes with Nutella!) but it might make a small difference.

      There could also be an issue with portion sizes. I have a ravenous appetite and will frequently eat larger portions than what is supposedly a healthy portion. But on the low FODMAP diet you can get a little too focussed on watching how much you eat. Perhaps you have a smaller helping of a moderate-FODMAP food but don’t have something extra as well.

      Part of me also wonders whether the challenges of adapting to the diet could have an effect as well? At work I joke that I think myself thin because when I’m busy analysing stuff at work I am famished by 10am. The low FODMAP diet requires a lot of planning and working out what to eat, plus more cooking potentially as well. Now, I can’t really imagine that’s going to have a huge effect for anyone but I thought I’d throw it out there.

      I also have a slightly more obtuse theory that maybe weight loss on the low FODMAP diet could be linked to changes in the microbiota but that’s nothing more than speculation on my part.

      Have you found weight loss to be an issue and, if so, how have you overcome it?

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