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Ask Dr. Gott 1/26
Treat IBS by cutting out 'trigger foods'
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: I just read the article from the person suffering from spastic colon/IBS. I am a 41-year-old woman who was diagnosed 23 years ago with spastic colon. I suffered miserably with the same symptoms. It was debilitating. Then I found this Web site about a year ago — It offers advice about trigger foods, which fiber to use to avoid bloating; fennel; ginger and peppermint teas; and suggests one avoid all dairy.
    I didn't start this way of eating until four months ago, because I didn't think I could give up cheese and yogurt (which I didn't really have to because there are so many delicious soy substitutes out there now). I started avoiding trigger foods, and now I'm 95 percent better. I can actually leave my house without dread of an attack. I've lost the big bloated stomach that wouldn't go away no matter how little I ate.
    I hope this will help. Spastic colon is a horrible and embarrassing affliction to endure.
    DEAR READER: Thank you for sharing the information about trigger foods. If they can be avoided — leading to a lessening of IBS attacks — I'm in favor of recommending a trial period for those readers who wish to try the diet. Let me know whether trigger foods really do reduce the pain and bloating.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, No. 10 stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Several months ago, I sustained a strained groin ligament and a slight hip displacement. I was sent for a course of physical therapy and placed on ibuprofen. It is much better, but I do still have some pain and soreness that persists. How long does it normally take for an injury of this type to heal, and what are the best exercises or treatments to maintain? I still do the exercises my physical therapist showed me.
    DEAR READER: The length of time for recovery from a strained ligament and hip depends on the extent of the injury. Ordinarily, minor strains respond within days with or without physical therapy that — in some instances — may actually delay recovery.
    I suggest that you be examined by an orthopedic specialist. Meanwhile, stop doing the exercises. This simple solution may significantly lessen your pain. If not, the specialist will have other suggestions about treating your pain.
    To give you related information, I am sending you copies of my Health Reports "Medical Specialists and Managing Chronic Pain." Other readers who would like copies should send a long, self-addressed, legalsized stamped envelope and $2 for each report to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title(s).

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