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15 Aug 2007

Ulcers and Spastic colon vs diet
Last year December i was diagnosed as having peptic ulcers and was put on medication immediately. The symptomps subsidided but not completely gone away. They tended to come back especially when felt stressed. In may this year i was refered to a specialised by my GP. He did a gastro and told me that i looked like the ulcers had disappeared because he could not found them. He told me that what he picked up was that i had an Irritable Bowel Syndrome (spastic colon). He prescribed some medication. The medication initiallty gave me relieve until i finished it. I am unemployed currently and can't afford the medication which is very expensive. In district hospitals they don't have that kind of medication. Is there any diet that you can prescribe for both conditions? Which foods, vegetable and fruit must i avoid? My worry is that i don't eat most vegetables and ftruit now because i am told they trigger these conditions. Do you have an eating plan that you can suggest?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Loyiso
I am sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with IBS and that you cannot afford the medication. IBS is unfortunately a chronic condition which does not disappear with a single treatment, but requires constant treatment. Please contact the specialist who did your scope and diagnosed the IBS and ask him/her what you can do in your case where you cannot afford the medication because you are unemployed and the district hospitals don't stock the medicine. The hospitals may stock generic medications which you could used. The diet for IBS is also problematic and should ideally be tailored to the individual patient by a clinical dietitian (see below). Two of the most important factors in IBS are a lack of dietary fibre and stress. To increase your dietary fibre intake and obtain tips about this condition, click on ‘Diet', ‘You are what you eat' and "Healthy GI tract'. If you suffer from flatulence and bloating, you will have to experiment with the foods you eat that may cause problems with a spastic colon (raw onions, garlic, cucumber, green peppers, very spicy foods and condiments, gas-cold drinks, fruits that contain pips such as guavas, figs, etc). This is often an individual reaction and you will have to keep a food diary to see what foods cause this problem and then cut them out. If you find that this is a problem for you, please consult a clinical dietitian who will work out a specific diet for your condition. (Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). It is possible that you could make an appointment with a dietitian at a district hospital as some of these hospitals do employ dietitians. 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.
Holding thumbs that you can obtain some treatment
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