Dealing with Digestive Concerns

As I mentioned in my previous posts, Fibromyalgia patients also suffer from a variety of other medical conditions including digestion. In my case, I have chronic gastritis, slow digestion, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It doesn’t help that I also have TMJ, temporomandibular joint disorder! And interestingly, even foods that had been a personal staple for a long time would play a part in exacerbating my discomfort.

I had been advised to try out several different diet and food replacement systems by friends and relatives who swore to the effectiveness of their newly embraced weight reduction and management nutrition program. For the most part, I would politely listen to their suggestions.

Given that I have made several trips to the E.R. because of G.I. and gut problems, I’m extremely cautious at trying out a new dietary program. Although, people meant well; I also knew that their advice might not be medically sound in my case.

Knowing my food boundaries versus following a dietary plan.

I never had a problem with maintaining a good weight in my over 46 years of living. However, since I have chronic and sometimes severe digestive concerns, taking on a new diet without heavy regard to what my body’s telling me could be dangerous to my overall health. What worked, after experiencing many years of the chronic gut and gastric irritations, and suffering from slow digestion, was to take note of personal food triggers and consequently avoid eating them. I’m good at being consistent. In some individual cases, I’m not as vigilant as I should be.

Take a recent culinary incidence for instance. The menu I prepared was Green Curry over Buttered and Steamed Basmati Rice. This meal is one of the heavy comfort foods that others often request I make. Unfortunately, because I have a slow digestive system, eating a serving of it today triggered not only bloating, constipation, and other gastric discomforts; it also led to an annoying case of unnecessary fatigue. I knew right away that the rice was the culprit along with the chicken. The Chicken shouldn’t be an issue today if I didn’t eat roast pork during a previous night’s group Christmas party.


And although it’s surprising, I don’t find it funny, being an Asian (and a Filipino!), that one of my food sensitivities includes rice!

Oh well. ?

For information about Fibromyalgia and certain Gastrointestinal conditions, please follow this link.

Here’s a home prepared organic tea preparation that never failed to soothe my irritation-prone tummy.



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