IBS is often referred to as a diagnosis of exclusion. It offers little value to the patient and, at best, is a frustrating diagnosis.
Unfortunately, all too many know what that feels like… nearly 11% of the population to be exact.
I used to be one of them. And it wasn’t until I started paying attention to the research on diet that I finally got ahold of my IBS symptoms in just a couple of weeks.
Debbie, an SCD community member and friend, used to be part of those statistics, too.
Her IBS symptoms were so bad she was afraid to leave the house.
Fast forward 15 years and, thanks to the SCD diet, Debbie is a completely different person.
Read on, as she shares exactly how she overcame the unrelenting gas, cramping and diarrhea that used to rule her life.
IBS Controlled My Life for Years
I’ve been dealing with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for the past 14 years. I suffered from horrible gas, bloating, and diarrhea every single day. The feelings of urgency to use the bathroom made me afraid to go anywhere. To make matters worse, I had no clue what foods were causing the problems.
I spent numerous hours in the doctor’s’ office undergoing diagnostic procedures – CAT scans, a sigmoidoscopy and a colonoscopy to name a few. The doctors found nothing and the only diagnosis I received was diverticulosis and IBS – both of which were never explained to me.
I Went Gluten Free, But It Didn’t Eliminate My Symptoms
My gastroenterologist prescribed an antidepressant, Imipramine, because he said the side effects of this drug would slow down the gut. It didn’t seem to help though.
My chiropractor suggested trying a gluten-free diet. That was the first time diet was ever considered as part of the problem. That helped a little, but didn’t completely eliminate my symptoms.
I then tried a food allergy test at a naturopathic office. The doctor said that for someone with IBS I didn’t have a lot of foods show up that I was sensitive to… so I avoided certain foods that did show up, but still had problems.
I Was Introduced to the SCD Diet and Everything Began to Change
I’d been telling my friend who is a nurse about my symptoms and she gave me several alternative medicine pamphlets and that’s where I found out about the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle. It was a lifesaver!
From there, I found SCD Lifestyle and I could almost immediately tell a difference when I started the Intro Diet. In just a few days, I had less diarrhea, was actually having normal stools, slept better and definitely had more energy. The recipes and supplements were a huge help and so was the SCD Community. It was so reassuring and comforting to read all the stories and know I wasn’t the only one dealing with these problems! They were quick to answer all my questions, too.
Overcoming Challenges on the SCD Diet (Like Cheating!)
At first, it can be a little overwhelming to think about starting such a restrictive diet. Eating out can be a challenge. I’ve found that there are a lot of delicious foods that are SCD legal… you just have to plan ahead and be prepared to cook a lot.
But, it’s the only thing I’ve found that really works.
I don’t know if I had SIBO, but there were times that I felt so much better while on the diet that I would cheat. But when I did, I would have a relapse – each time taking a little bit longer to feel better than the time before.
When I read the SCD blog post about the digestive health supplement Atrantil, I decided to give it a try. It does seem to help with the diarrhea if I slip up at all, but the only thing that really helps with the gas and bloating is the SCD diet. I am finding that you really can’t cheat on this diet 🙂
We know the SCD diet is powerful. We’ve seen it work time and time again with stories like these.
But Debbie’s story is a great reminder of what the SCD diet is really capable of.
The fact that Debbie overcame 15 years of diarrhea in just a few short days makes us want to shout from the roof tops and spread the word.
We want YOU to experience the power of the SCD diet too.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with IBS or just simply want to feel better, our eBook will show you how to address the root of your digestive issues and get your health back.
P.S. What is holding you back from getting your health back? Let us know in the comments below so we can support you.