Patient Success Story: Elaine McManamly, dietary treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)


Since my teens I have always suffered with my bowel and would frequently experience stomach pains, especially if I had just eaten a meal regardless of the portion size. I would never have been able to go out for a meal late in the evening. The symptoms also got bad when on holidays as my diet would be different and I would be eating out more.

In 2011 I was advised by my doctor that the symptoms I had linked to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). I had
tried all types of diets, high fibre, low fibre and I had significantly reduced dairy products from my diet. I was taking medication to reduce the spasms in my stomach and using remedies for diarrhoea or constipation depending on the day.

I was recommended by my Doctor to attend Elaine McGowan. Elaine was very friendly and immediately put my mind at rest. Elaine explained the low FODMAP diet that I was going to use. She provided clear guidelines for the diet and advised that I would need to be strict on the diet for 4 weeks and then we would start to re- introduce foods.

Elaine provided a list of the foods that I could eat and where I could purchase these foods. Being a very fussy eater I didn’t think that I could obey the guidelines for 4 weeks. Week 1 was very hard adjusting to new foods and when doing my weekly shop reading the ingredients in foods.

Once I got started, I immediately noticed a difference in my health, no stomach pains and I had so much energy. I feel so much healthier. As an added bonus I am now able to eat out later than usual with no side effects.

As the weeks have gone by I have not looked back to my old lifestyle, I am so happy that I went to get dietary advice, definitely a lifestyle change. I would highly recommend a visit to Elaine.

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About Elaine

Elaine graduated from Trinity College with a B.Sc., (Hons) in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She gained wide experience working as clinical nutritionist in several hospitals prior to establishing her first private dietetic clinic in 1992.

Private Practice Experience
Elaine has gained vast experience specialising in providing private individual dietetic consultations for her clients in her clinics for the past 17 years. In recent years, her main areas of interest are weight management, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and nutrition and gastro-enterology.

Elaine is an active member of the INDI and was chairperson of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic weight management interest group from 2005 to 2007.

Dietetic and Nutrition Consultancy
Elaine has provided dietetic consultancy to a wide range of industries including private hospitals, hotels and catering companies. She has designed, piloted, implemented and coordinated workplace wellbeing programmes for several prominent companies and large international corporations.