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* WARNING: If you are easily grossed out by talks of bowels and pooping, you probably shouldn’t read this.  *

In the beginning…

When I was nearing the end of elementary school, I started developing very odd digestive issues.  Every time that I would eat (what seemed like anything), I would immediately have to use the bathroom.  My stomach would cramp, excessive gas would develop and I would get terrible diarrhea.  So many times I would have to leave class immediately and pretend I was throwing up, when in reality, all hell was breaking loose in my bowels.

I went through many specialists to try and solve my tummy troubles.  Without hesitation, they all quickly gave me the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

“Oh, you just have a nervous stomach.”

” You’re just too stressed, relax a little bit.”

“More whole grains, you need more fiber.”

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One physician prescribed me Nexium. Another told me to cut out dairy.

“How about probiotics?”

These things would help me initially, but my symptoms always came back within a weeks time.

I had almost completely given up on trying to find proper treatment for IBS that would actually work.

Unexpected Treatment for IBS

Fast forward to March 2013.  At the time, I had pretty much given up on trying to find something that would cure my stomach issues.  I found myself constantly choking down at least 3 Imodium everyday just to be able to get through my day comfortably.  Must have been my “nervous stomach” talking.

In addition to the constant bathroom trips, I was still surprisingly overweight and at the same time trying to shed some excess body fat.

I stumbled upon the Ketogenic diet on Reddit and was amazed at how many people experienced not only weight loss, but their ailments lifted by following a low carb, high fat, and moderate protein diet.  Now, I thought about this way of eating in the past, but just assumed because of my stomach trouble it would make it more unbearable than it already was.

I started the next day.

The first week was rough.  I had constant diarrhea for a week straight but noticed that it wasn’t uncontrollable like usual.  Hey, I will take what I can get!

After that initial week, everything started changing.  For the first time in my life, I woke up in the morning and didn’t (for lack of better words) shit my brains out.  I made it to work without the need to “go as soon as I get there or I’m going to die.”

My stool started turning from a brown sludge into nicely formed logs. I was going to the bathroom once per day. I had no gas and my shit didn’t smell like a rotting corpse.  In fact, for the first time ever, I even went a day without dropping a deuce.

What sorcery was this?!

Where Am I Today?

Since then, I’ve been trying to follow a strict ketogenic diet as treatment for my IBS.  I’ve been very successful, but not perfect.

When I eat too many carbs, my diarrhea comes back, and usually with a vengeance. It usually takes a few days to a week to regulate. It’s difficult sometimes, but constantly being aware of the closest bathroom is hard too.

Nowadays, I poop once or twice a day, usually a nice log.  If I have too much coffee or fat, it will sometimes be watery, but it’s not an all day, uncomfortable ordeal.  I’m officially down 80 pounds and am full of energy.  I go out on weekends, have dinner dates and do activities all without a supply of Imodium and the constant fear of shitting my pants.

I am eternally grateful and hope that anyone else with this problem can help solve theirs!

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