I have had an awful experience on the elimination diet and I am desperately seeking help and suggestions.
Before beginning the elimination diet I have always had food sensitivities after digesting my stomach lining 5 years ago. Prior to that I had a stomach of iron. After digesting my stomach lining I have avoided most dairy products, all yeast products, all products with durum wheat, pork, potato and any processed foods with the exceptions of staples such as gluten free pasta, flour, etc. I avoided these products due to constantly being sick and these products showing up time and time again as irritants on food intolerance tests that I had done over the years. I found that my stomach was mainly good when I avoided these foods, and I would only have symptoms (diarrhea, flatulance, abdominal pain) once every couple weeks or less.
After reading the elimination diet book and getting tired of avoiding so many foods as a way of life, I thought that the elimination diet would be the answer to solve my problems. Right before beginning the diet I went to the doctor and had blood tests, breath tests and a stool test done to check that there was no underlying cause of my symptoms. This is something I have had done several times over the years so there was no surprise when I was told that I was healthy as a horse.
I have now been on the elimination diet for 5 weeks and can’t take it any longer. I was planning on reintroducing foods earlier but haven’t been able to due to constantly being sick. I have followed this diet to a T and am more sick than I ever have been in my life. I can’t pinpoint what is making me sick and it seems to be everything I eat. At the beginning I had a couple of good days, but then started getting diarrhea every couple of days. I am now at the point where I have diarrhea every single day, multiple times a day and it is drastically affecting my quality of life and my outlook. (Yes I am going back to the Dr’s as soon as I can get an appointment in the small town that I live in). Today for example I have emptied my stomach at least 3 times. And all I have eaten today are vegetables, 2x pieces of fruit, plain meat with seasoning and oil. The previous days were much the same.
I am now afraid that this diet has done more damage than ever to my stomach and if I try to reintroduce foods I will react even worse. I am at a complete loss and am devastated at the experience that I have had on this diet. If anyone has any suggestions to offer as to why my elimination diet experience has gone so wrong or what might be causing my issues then I would be happy to listen.