Kate Male

Title: Kate Male

Condition: IBS, Colonic Inertia, SIBO

Diagnosed Year: 2013

Foods I Love:

Raspberries
Papaya
Pumpkin Seeds
Kimchi
Pumpkin
Smoked Salmon

Foods I Avoid:

Garlic
Onion
Refined Sugar
Most Nuts
Wheat
Dairy

My Story

From a very young age, I suffered with severely slow digestion. I was in and out of the hospital throughout my childhood and was prescribed copious amounts of laxatives, without ever being diagnosed with a specific condition. As a teenager I became addicted to the laxatives, which made the situation worse and I became caught in a vicious cycle.

 

Two years ago my digestive issues got much worse and I was unable to eat or function on a day-to-day basis, as I was in pain 24/7. I decided to go back through all the tests again with the hope that my doctors could find a definitive condition that I could then learn to manage. I finally got a diagnosis, which concluded that I had low serotonin levels, contributing to colonic inertia, IBS-C and reoccurring SIBO.

 

I now take Resolor (Prucalopride), for my serotonin levels, but I predominantly manage my digestion by following a low FODMAP diet and exercising everyday. I’m now able to enjoy life for the first time without being in pain or discomfort. I trained as a nutritionist, to improve my understanding of the link between food and digestion. Living with an invisible illness is hard and I want to share my knowledge to help others like myself. I believe the body is a complex tool, but only requires just a little management to keep it in working order.

 

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