In detail, what has helped me is I've gone 100% completely gluten-free, along with a few other similar items that I cannot handle properly such as buckwheat, corn and other ingredients even included in some gluten-free foods that I have a negative reaction to, especially in pasta and gf pasta (im still in the process of finding pasta I can eat without bad brain reactions). These reactions were all heavily "brain" based from bad mood to foggy inflammation-brain like feelings with some intestinal upset, but the brain reactions were much worse. For me its all about trying it out and seeing if it negatively affects me or not... if it affects me negatively, and I will know within 30 minutes to an hour, I put it on a list of foods I cannot eat. So this is what has helped me. If you try it and it works for you than great, but if you do try it you have to try it for at least 3 weeks and than see how you feel. And when I say 100% I mean 100% gluten-free. If you want to you can than reintroduce it to your diet and if you feel bad than you may have found something that you should stay away from. Good luck to everybody.
How did you figure out that this is what would help you? What was your process? Did you see doctors? Try supplements? How did you get to this?
What exactly is your diet? Is it just gluten-free? Low FODMAP? 4everfogged wrote about eliminating all "starch foods" -- doesn't that mean eliminating all plant foods?
Could you give some examples of the foods that you do eat? An example of what you eat on a typical day?
Yes I can and I would like to start off saying after about 9 years of this I am effectively cured. I left a huge thing on POIS center just a minute ago so I would encourage you to look at that.
I saw a lot of doctors all to no avail. In the end it was me that solved this. The thing that started this was that during POIS as I would refrain from having an O. I would notive that pasta would make me feel totally like sheot. No joke very terrible. So I still couldn't really believe that that is what was causing my POIS so it took me a long time to get started on the diet. On a typical morning I can eat--- Rice Chex (all of rice chex is gluten free --- Eggs --- Milk --- Gluten free bread (make sure it is made with brown rice flour! not any other crap, for now that is the only "flour" I can handle and it is supposed to be universally tolerated and healthy... again some GF breads contain buckwheat flour, sorghum flour etc. all of which I can't handle... Stick to brown rice flour! --- Bacon --- brown rice flour pancakes --- peaches --- pears --- etc... it all has to be gluten and corn free...
For lunch I usually have a Gluten Free sandwich made with brown rice flour with chicken, turkey, roast beef, mayonnaise is good --- applesauce --- any combination of GF and CF (gluten free corn free) foods
For dinner really anything GF and CF --- Chicken --- French Fries from McDonalds or Burger King is good and GF --- GRILLED Southwest Salad with the corn and chips removed from McDonalds --- Salad from burger king with GF and CF ingredients --- mashed potatoes --- vegetables --- maybe a REESES mcflurry from mcdonalds is ok --- lol I eat more that McDonalds I'm just thinking of foods I can eat. --- Burger on brown rice flour bread --- I can tolerate Doritos TO A DEGREE because it has corn in it but it is still better than eating straight corn... it can cause bad effects especially if a lot are consumed so I would recommend against it.
Again I just left a huge thing on POIS center so I'd encourage you to look at that.
I still eat starchy foods. Not sure what you mean by FODMAP
Good luck guys! Please check out my post at pois center!