IBS or other issues?

on 5/8/20 7:46 pm
RNY on 01/15/18

hi, I just signed up on here, I was doing a search online for I am 2.5 years post-op from RNY and around September October last year I started having issues with my stomach,

after eating any item I would double over in severe cramps gas bloating and most times within 30-45 minutes I would have massive diarrhea.

I have omitted most gluten from my diet but I'm still having issues. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow for a phone consultation to see what he thinks,

could IBS develop post-op?

anyone else here experiencing similar issues?

on 5/8/20 9:30 pm, edited 5/8/20 2:30 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

even people who've never had WLS can develop IBS, so yes...

I wonder, too, if maybe your body is reacting to some kind of food - a lot of people have reactions to lactose - or sugar alcohols (artificial sweeteners whose names end in -itol. Like sorbitol).

or maybe you're dumping? That can be controlled by limiting or avoiding sugar...

H.A.L.A.B. may chime in here - she's had issues like SIBO and may have some insight into this.

Laura in Texas
on 5/9/20 10:21 am
RNY on 09/17/08 with

What do you eat in a typical day? What vitamins/supplements do you take?

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 170 (BMI=27)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears."

H.A.L.A B.
on 5/11/20 10:04 am

You can have IBS or GB (Gall Bladder) or liver issues. Depends where the pain is and if you still have a GB.

I am 12 years post op, and I deal with a really bad IBS-C. Most likely due to SIBO and Candida. It took me a few years to really understand what is going on in my body and why.

IBS-C is IBS with constipation. Unfortunately once I was dealing with that, It took me a while to find ways to control that.

Theoretically we should have 12-36 hours food transition time. That is time that takes from eating to eliminate the leftover-food we ate. Ideally we should strive (IMO ) for a 24 hours window, transition time.
When the undigested and un-absorbed "left over" food start fermenting inside our intestines,gas may get trapped inside small intestines causing severe pain.

Over the years I learned what and how much I can eat to avoid that pain due to gasses.

IBS can be triggered by food sensitivities - intolerance, i.e. to lactose or other sugars, or to SA (sugar alcohols) or artificial sweeteners. Some additions like artificial flavors can also cause rapid emptying of our large intestines.

I have to make sure my food transition time is 24 hours or less. Ideally I like 12-18 hours. That really allows me to eat variety of foods without a lot of pain.

My diet needs to be a very low fiber diet. Fiber can cause a severe gas and bloating, and I can get into a severe pain. Things like beans, or high fiber veggies- i.e. cauliflower, broccoli, any type of cabbage - and even with my 12 hours food transition time, I often end up in pain. Low net carb items like beans, or high fiber tortillas, wraps, makes me suffer within 20-30 min for finishing my meal.

Read on SIBO and Candida. Unfortunately, as and RNY person, my body is prone to that. And once this takes hold of my intestines, its close to impossible to eradicate. I can control that, but I don't think I could ever get rid of that.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

on 5/11/20 10:49 am

I now have gallstones, so I have experienced some discomfort after eating... I just haven't quite figured out what causes the pain. I also double in pain if I ate too fast or too much.

HalaB explained the IBS issues perfectly!