Fish Oil and inflammation...eye troubles

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ragbag
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Went to the eye dr. a few days ago and he noticed that my eyelids were very red.  Says that it looks like I may have severe inflammation of the eyelids (more than likely from my Crohn's) and possibly an infection, so put me on an antiobiotic cream for 10 days and drops for redness and dry eye.  Recommended fish oil tablets daily, and I've read both good and not so good things about fish oil on here.  Do you take it and do you think it's helped for inflammation caused by your Crohn's?  I take Pentasa daily and am doing well.  Thanks for any info you can give me.

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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi ragbag,
Did your physician explain why he was recommending the fish oil?  It would be good to know his theory behind the use of the fish oil. :)
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ragbag
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
The eye dr. recommended fish oil because he said it was very good for soothing inflammation in the intestines and joints, and for somehow aiding the eyes to remain moisturized.  He also recommended upping my consumption of water, which is always a good thing. 

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ozonehole
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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Lutein is something you should be taking if your eyes bother you. However, it's not a cure for an eye infection, but rather a supplement that will promote general eye health. It's sold across the counter.
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map lady
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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have also read that fish oil is good for you in many ways, especially reducing inflammation, but that you have to be careful because fish oil can contain mercury and pcb's, since fish are usually ingesting those things in their environment.  I read that flax oil is the best non-animal oil source of the omegas that reduce inflammation, and I used to take that all the time.  I don't like wasting my flax oil whenever I'm having a flare so I stop, and am flaring almost for the last 4 months, but I do notice that my skin and hair are in much better condition when on the flax oil for an extended amount of time.  Can't speak for any other good or bad side effects I've noticed from the flax, and never did try that fish oil.

njmom
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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   

The following link takes you to info that says that at least fish oil is safe for Crohn's (won't make it worse). And that there is some evidence suggesting fish oil might help fight the disease, but so far the evidence is not conclusive. It also mentions that the only fish oil that caused problems (side effects) was the kind that dissolved in the stomach.

http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab006320.html


map lady
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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Cool :D

How do you figure out which fish oil capsules have the "enteric" coating?


njmom
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   Posted 2/20/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
It usually says "enteric" right on the bottle.

broomhilda
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried the fish oil and couldn't tolerate on my stomach. I tried the flax oil and couldn't tolerate it either. So, I pulled out the coffee grinder and ground up the flax seed which I can throw on any food that is cohesive with the nutty flavor. I'm not a real big fish eater, however, I found that the canned albatrose salmon packed in water and mixed like you would tuna is WONDERFUL in a pinch and on night's I don't want the whole house smellin' fishy. Sure I'm not getting the omega 3's & 6's out of this as much as fish but you just have to try Ruby Tuesday's crab cakes! OMG...they are the best thing ever and are made with hardly no breading! Okay, I'm hungry and getting off topic!
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