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Question: Motility problem?


 DJM - Wed Aug 24, 2005 11:23 am

My partner has approx. 6 bowel movements/day - which she states is normal for her.
She complains of a feeling of fullness if she doesn't move her bowels shortley after ( about an hour or so) each meal.
When she eats vegetables - they come out in whole pieces like peas, corn, green beans and sometimes even lettuce!
Is this normal? Is she lacking in digestive enzymes? Would she be lacking absorption of nutrients because of this? Is this a motolity problem? Any medication that might help?
 Helena_Draven - Mon Aug 29, 2005 9:36 am

I suffered with IBS for about 10 years until I was diagnosed with food intolerances arising from Leaky Gut Syndrome. What you're describing is malabsorption of food - it's simply going straight through without your partner getting the benefit of its content. The first thing I would suggest is keeping a food diary for at least 2 weeks. Make a record of everything eaten and drunk, and all associated symptoms (pain, bloating, feeling of fullness etc). I'd say 6 times a day isn't normal. Anything more than 3 isn't really ok. Once identified, you can cut out the offending food items and the situation may improve. Some people with IBS benefit from increasing the fibre in their diets, others don't. Personally, I had blood tests for food intolerances and once I cut out wheat, gluten and dairy, and cut down on the amount of sugar in my diet, I improved dramatically. I absorb my food properly now. Digestive enzymes may help, but getting your gut flora balanced will help more! A good, non-dairy probiotic supplment should help a great deal.

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