After I spent some time reading more research and testimonials from those suffering with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), I still don’t think I am pronouncing it correctly, but I am beginning to think more and more that there is in fact a connection with AS and a gastrointestinal disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The correlation between these two is profound when it comes to starch. Yes, starch. Who would have thought, considering AS is an autoimmune disease and IBS is a bowel disorder, right?
Research shows that a bacterium normally found in the digestive track -- which feeds off of starch -- is indeed the root cause of pain, bloating and discomfort for both of these medical conditions. There have been many cases where a person is diagnosed with IBS because they share the same symptoms as AS and years down the line find out they had ankylosing spondylitis the whole time.
With the number of cases like this rising, it is important for those suffering with IBS to get checked for the AS gene, to see if what they thought was irritable bowel syndrome is actually ankylosing spondylitis. Although IBS is a disorder I would never want to come across, AS can deform your spine and effect some very important organs. Not something to mess with, that is for sure. Therefore, if you are experiencing symptoms related to IBS, you might want to consider looking past that and into a deeper condition -- ankylosing spondylitis.
With all this in mind, how is a person suffering from AS supposed to suppress their symptoms and still keep up with their normal lifestyle? Well, it takes some adjusting, that is for sure. The theory of a low-starch/no-starch diet proves to significantly relieve most symptoms. I read several testimonials on the internet praising a no-starch diet to minimize their pain, discomfort, fatigue and stomach bloating. For some, a no or low-starch diet treated IBS symptoms and control their arthritic symptoms so that their daily activities were not effected.
For those unfamiliar with “starch,” essentially it is a carbohydrate that consists of glucose or sugar.