Bloating and Frequent Bowel Movements – Could It Be CSID?
Bloating and frequent bowel movements. These are two annoying, bothersome, and sometimes painful gastrointestinal symptoms. These symptoms may be caused by many different conditions including, but not limited to, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and Congenital Sucrase-Isomaltase Deficiency (CSID), resulting in Sucrose Intolerance. Moreover, these problematic symptoms may occur due to a reaction to a specific dietary trigger. For example, foods such as onion, wheat, apples, carrots, and beans may trigger bloating, gas, and urgent bowel movements that occur after eating these foods.
How do I know what is causing my symptoms?
Because there are many different conditions that may cause bloating and frequent bowel movements, it can be difficult to identify the source of your problem. To figure out the cause of your symptoms, begin by attempting to identify a pattern. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do my symptoms occur at a specific time of the day?
- Do my symptoms only occur before eating or only after eating?
- Do my symptoms occur if I eat a specific food or many different types of foods?
If your symptoms occur immediately after eating, they could be caused by a condition such as IBS or CSID. Furthermore, if your symptoms occur after eating specific types of foods, take a good look at the types of foods you are eating and try to find a link. For example, if foods such as asparagus and mushrooms trigger your symptoms, IBS may be to blame. Many individuals with IBS do not tolerate FODMAPs, which are fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. In other words, FODMAPs are specific types of carbohydrates that can trigger symptoms of IBS and bloating.
However, if foods such as oranges, carrots, corn, and most wheat products trigger your symptoms, sucrose may be to blame. For those who are bothered by these foods, CSID may be causing your symptoms of bloating and frequent bowel movements. People with CSID are unable to breakdown the sugar called sucrose. You may know sucrose as table sugar, which is obtained from sugar cane and sugar beets. Sucrose also naturally occurs in many other vegetables and fruits, but it can also be an additive in processed food products. If CSID is causing your symptoms, you may be able to tolerate other sugars, such as lactose found in cows milk and some of the artificial sweeteners occasionally found in processed products.
When should you speak to your physician?
If you experience frequent bowel movements, gas, and bloating on a regular basis, it may be time to speak with your physician. Take the online quiz to help identify if Sucrose Intolerance may be causing your symptoms. Here’s hope that you find relief!
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