PLEASE HELP i don't deal with this well.new diet or stress causing abdominal misery?
Following what I consider to have been a major medical breakdown/illness, I was put on a gluten and dairy-free diet. My nutritionist and Drs. think this will be the key to my years of intense stomach and GI distress and kidney stones. I have been following the diet mostly, with a few slips here and there for two-three weeks now. I am dealing okay with trying to find and prepare the right foods.
This diet is a huge change for me as the GI discomfort I have been experiencing for years had caused me to drasticially exclude foods from my diet and I was eating very poorly as a result [no variety, no fiber, etc.] I also had been taking 8-12 Imodium a day in order to try to prevent the diarrhea that I was constantly haivng.
I have cut down the Imodium to 1-2 a day and have increased my fiber intake and the variety of foods I'm eating incredibly. Now, a couple weeks into this I am having some extreme discomfort and I am miserable!
About four days ago I was really bloated and constantly feeling full and constantly feeling the urge to "go." Then starting yesterday, the real pain came. Every time I try to eat even the smallest thing, I end up doubled over in pain. It feels like incredibly strong sharp gas pains and it's been debilitating. I don't want to eat anything anymore at all! I have been on the toilet constantly and am now having floating stools and most recently loose stools. I am absoltuely miserable and feeling completely hopeless and helpless.
Is this misery being caused from the new diet? Or is there no relation? I don't know if I should worry and see my Dr. or if I need to calm down and let my body adjust to the new diet and lack of Imodium. I struggle with keeping weight on and every day that I'm afraid to eat is a day that is dangerous to me. Please help me sort all this out!!!!
Thank you for anything you can help with.