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Have IBS. Bloating, fatigue, white flecks in stool. Related to gluten in diet?

I was diagnosed with IBS about 8 years ago. In an attempt to figure out if I have a food allergy I have gone dairy / lactose free for the last 6 months or so. This helped and when I tried dairy again my stomach got upset but the symptoms never went away fully. 3-4 weeks ago I decided to go gluten free to see if this would help. The bloating never fully went away, but the gassiness I'd been experience for a 1-2 weeks and some painful cramps did go away. Not convinced it was gluten, since the bloating was still present, I tried gluten again. The result was fatigue, severe bloating and then I noticed white flecks in my stool twice in the last few days. Not sure what is going on or if the flecks are related to gluten at all. I quit smoking last week and know that could upset my stomach, but I am really concerned about these white flecks now.
Asked On : Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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White flecks in the stool denote mucus most of the times... Its not a worrying issue as is blood in the stool. Your symptoms are suggestive of IBS and bloating could be a part of it. However smoking and alcohol along with stress aggrevates these problems and one should always avoid them as far as possible. And you can start taking some fibre rich foods which would improve your stool along with lots of yogurt. Hope this information helps you. Get well soon...
Answered: Tue, 16 Apr 2013
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