Our expert says:
I hear what you are saying and can understand your frustration. Have you been properly examined by a gastroenterologist? if not, please do make an appointment because it is important to determine: a) if you suffer from food intolerances or allergies, b) if you have IBS or diverticulitis or Crohn's disease. I would also recommend that you consult a clinical dietitian who will work out a specific diet for your condition. (Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). Your doctor will also be able to prescribe medicines which can relieve the flatulence such as Bevispas, so chat to your doctor about such medications. IBS is greatly influenced by stress. To relieve stress I would recommend that you should learn relaxing techniques, how to do deep breathing exercises and some form of physical exercise which is also relaxing, such as yoga. Going for brisk walks in the fresh air also helps to relieve tension. The latest research in this field indicates that there may be an autoimmune aspect to IBS, but this research is still in the very early stages and we will have to wait and see what the researchers come up with as a solution.
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