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Zanne
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been having a lot of adhesion obstructions. So I sometimes go for a couple of days without eating. Needless to say, I'm losing weight. So to keep my weight up, on the days that I can eat, I have been eating peanut butter on crackers, sandwiches and sometimes, just a spoonfull. I have to say, I don't usually eat a lot of peanut butter, but for some reason I am craving it. When I crave some particular food, I am usually low in some vitamin or nutrient that it contains. Well, yesterday, I really had more than usual, and I was in agony all night with gas.

So, has anyone noticed that Peanut Butter causes more gas? Is there a reason I shouldn't be eating peanut butter? I am going to stay away from it today and see what happens, but I thought I'd see if anyone else had this problem,
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


reynoldi
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
get organic, the hydrogenated oils in "normal" pb are no good.
 
biggest piece of advice i can give is stop eatin FAKE food. drop the preservatives, coloring, and anything else that isnt natural.
"If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action." -Rumi-
 
CD for 15 years diagnosed at age 11(i get the crohns cycle)


yogaprof
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   Posted 3/21/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
since you mentioned peanut butter, I will tell you the only thing I could eat when I was really sick. It was very easy on my gut.
brown cow plain, cream top yogurt
a big spoon of organic peanut butter
a big spoon of honey
a good splash of flax seed oil.
this is so tasty and I am pretty sure you could live on it. yp
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Nanners
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   Posted 3/21/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Zanne I have had 2 resections myself and have found recently that the peanut butter does not like me either.  Its sad because that used to be one of my safe foods too.  It really upsets my gut alot.  So you are not alone.

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


ZenaWP
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   Posted 3/21/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I crave peanut butter every day and eat it every day.  I do not notice any more gas from it, but, when my acid reflux is acting up, I do notice tasting the pb coming back up.  The hydrogenated oils may not be good for me, as reynoldi mentioned, but there are things that I will eat that are not completely good for me, if they don't cause me any pain and it will keep me eating.  When I've had flares in the past, the only thing I would eat was saltine crackers and tortilla chips...not good for me but, if it kept me eating something, that was all that mattered at that point.  Pb is good for you for other reasons so, if it doesn't seem to bother you and you are craving it, I would say to listen to your body and eat it.  =)   
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Megera
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   Posted 3/21/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm fine with peanut butter. I have peanut butter toast pretty much every day for an evening snack.
Current:
Dx: Crohn’s Ileitis as of 22/02/08
Rx: 4g Pentasa (2 pills 4 times per day)
9mg Budesonide (one capsule 3 times per day for the next 6 weeks)

Pre 22/02/08: 2.4g Asacol (discontinued due to Crohn's Diagnosis)


ozonehole
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   Posted 3/21/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I tolerate peanut butter OK myself, but one suggestion I'll give is to stick with creamy, not crunchy. If your gut isn't doing well, whole nuts are harder to digest than nuts that have been ground down to a creamy consistency.

If you're prone to obstruction, then as a general guide you want to stick to foods that are soft, easy to digest, lacking hot spices. Caffeine can be a serious intestinal irritant, and is best avoided (not easy to do for caffeine addicts, I admit). In theory, milk should be easy on the digestive system, but since many Crohnies are lactose-intolerant, milk can stimulate diarrhea and be an irritant (tip: use lactose-free milk, or soy milk which isn't really milk at all).

Finally, if you're having a lot of big diarrhea, then a low-fiber diet may be your last ditch choice.

good luck,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


pb4
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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree 100% with reynoldi on everything...stop eating processed foods, fast-foods, processed sugar, these are all known to exacerbate IBD symptoms and stick with organic peanut butter, it's all natural and has nothing added, no preservatives, it's the preservatives that do a number on us which are loaded in processed and fast foods (this also includes beverages, pop, energy drinks).

You may have just had too much of it and that's why you got so gassy and/or you may just be flaring to some degree too.

:)
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Zanne
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   Posted 3/21/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to stay away from PB today and see what happens. I did get some almond butter at whole foods this morning, so I may give that a shot after Easter dinner. I have to cook for both sides of the family and I don't want to take a chance until after I get done with that! I cooked Thanksgiving dinner with an obstruction and I really don't want to do that again!
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Mark Mac
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   Posted 3/21/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you're on the right track with the almond butter. Though I have no real aversion to peanuts, I stick to almond butter as I know that people are less likely to be sensitive to it than peanuts. Another theory of mine is that when a weakened gut sees too much of the same food, the immune system starts to develop antibodies to that protein. Maybe just lay off for a while and see if that makes a difference. It may not mean that you can't ever have peanut butter, but moderation is the best. Good luck.
28, male, diagnosed CD in 93'. Currently taking Humira, and darvoset for pain. Also getting acupuncture and chinese herbs as well as a massage when I can afford it. 107 lb

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Not2Spunky
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   Posted 3/21/2008 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I love peanut butter, BUTTTT: it plugs me up and that can hurt. So I stay away from it.

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DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.    


Razzle
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   Posted 3/22/2008 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Peanuts are a legume - that's right, they are a type of bean!! So that may explain the gas..... Try Beano.

Also, a fungus grows on peanuts (invisible, especially when ground into peanut butter), and since CD is associated with antibodies to ASCA (a type of yeast), other foods that contain or promote fungus overgrowth are not a good idea. There are some great substitutes out there for peanut butter: Almond and other nut butters, Sesame Tahini, Sunflower Butter, Hummus, etc.

Good luck,
-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, T- & B-Cell Lymphopenia, malabsorption/malnutrition, ?Lyme Disease (Igenex Lab IgM WesternBlot positive), etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Homeopathy.


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 3/22/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
reynoldi is spot on. hydrogenated oils are trans fats. try almond butter. much healthier. get organic 100% almond butter with just almonds on the ingredient panel. it may take some getting used to, but i now love the stuff.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


gachrons
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   Posted 3/22/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hope your eating the smooth and not the nutty. Protien is important for healing. Hope you got some ensure what is causing the obstructions? I finally had resection and my bowels are working soooo much better now it's like the plug finally got gone and now I am working like I should.I had a big problem at Christmas but Easter is better and I am even cooking a turkey this year it is almost cooked started it early.Hope you have a good Easter lol gail

soupswhs
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   Posted 3/22/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually CrazyHarry, that is not accurate. Hydrogenated oils are not trans fats, rather, PARTIALLY hydrogenated oils tend to contain trans fats. There's a huge difference. Take care.
 
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Crohn'snme
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   Posted 3/22/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I love Peanut Butter, However I strictly stay away from it and anything that has it in it. It causes alot of problems for me with my Crohn's. Just isn't worth it

Razzle
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   Posted 3/22/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
http://lowfatcooking.about.com/od/faqs/f/hydrogenated.htm gives a good overview of what to look for on labels, which fats are bad, and why.

Take care,
-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, T- & B-Cell Lymphopenia, malabsorption/malnutrition, ?Lyme Disease (Igenex Lab IgM WesternBlot positive), etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Homeopathy.


randynoguts
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   Posted 3/23/2008 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
did you know that peanut butter was invented by a dr for his patients who had trouble eating and digesting?

i eat some almost every day. yummm
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pb4
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   Posted 3/23/2008 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a little tid-bit about the history of peanut butter...

Peanut butter hasn't been around quite as long as the peanut. Peanut butter started a little more than 100 years ago in 1890 in America. Its purpose was a healthy, easy to digest protein substituted for patients that had troubles eating meat because of bad or no teeth. Soon after this a man named George A. Bayle Jr. mechanized the process of making peanut butter and began selling it and a patent was given to Abrose W. Straub for a machine that made peanut butter. This was in 1903. A year later C. H. Sumner, at the St. Louis Universal Exposition, had a concession stand and promoted peanut butter as a health food and this brought peanut butter out into the light. But it was not until 1922 at Rosefield Packing Company in Alameda, California that J. L. Rosefield perfected a process of making peanut butter that prevented the oil from separating and made it commercially available to the masses. He brought it out under the name Skippy and it had a much creamier texture than the peanut butter up till then that had a courser texture. After this many other companies started bringing out their own brands of peanut butter and peanut butter became one on America's staple foods.


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gumby44
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't eat peanut butter...I get bad abdominal pain from it. I thought it was from the fat in it, but I don't know. Good luck and happy Easter
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 8 250mg pills per day, Cipro 1 week/month, Metamucil, probiotics


Melissa H
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   Posted 3/25/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, love and crave peanut butter! Although I don't notice a worsening of symptoms when I eat it, I have been trying to cut back some. I've been really interested in learning the connection between yeast and IBD. Although the anti-fungal diet is quite strict (self-control + food = hard for me!), it is a good guide for what to try and cut back on. I think Razzle touched on the fungus factor earlier too. :)

miguelblanco
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   Posted 3/28/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I had quit eating PB a while ago, as when I had a BM, it would burn terribly and itch. I was also getting small hives on occasion. I was pretty bummed, because I loved PB, and I had been eating the "Real" brand peanut butter to avoid trans-fats already. I missed PB so much, I decided to give it a "go" again, and this time tried an organic variety (Smuckers if that matters.) No problems with it that I can deduce. No hives or anything with this variety. I wonder sometimes if peoples' problems with peanuts might not be more related to what they are GROWN with (ie. pesticides, etc.) than the legume itself?

It's funny: I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease years ago (gluten intolerance.) At the time, I thought I was allergic to everything under the sun because I had the "runs" chronically. I kept cutting all sorts of things out of my diet, and was eating what I thought were "safe foods" for me such as crackers (wheat) pasta (wheat) plain bread (wheat). You get the idea. The very thing I needed to cut out of my diet, I was ingesting the most of. Just my experience, but maybe something to think about?
Type I Diabetes- 28 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
Celiac Disease- 6 yrs.
Crohn's Disease- 1+ year (Nov. '06)


yogaprof
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   Posted 3/28/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
miguelblanco said...

It's funny: I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease years ago (gluten intolerance.) At the time, I thought I was allergic to everything under the sun because I had the "runs" chronically. I kept cutting all sorts of things out of my diet, and was eating what I thought were "safe foods" for me such as crackers (wheat) pasta (wheat) plain bread (wheat). You get the idea. The very thing I needed to cut out of my diet, I was ingesting the most of. Just my experience, but maybe something to think about?

funny you should mention that, during my previous two-year battle with crohns, I stopped eating almost everything except bread. because I was so sick, couldn't eat raw stuff and nothing sounded good anyway. then I stopped the gluten and now feel great and can eat everything else again.

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I miss P Butter, I use to use creamy PB all the time when flaring to get protein. A few years ago I was tested for allergies by blood then I had the scratch test done. I had allergies in the past to cashews and began with pistachios, I also suffer from oral allergy syndrome which if anyone is interested in that feel free to email me or search the web :)

I was at work 1 day and someone was making toast and using PB on it and I began getting itchy but I assumed it was the fact that I am allergic to cats and dogs and I was a vet assistant and handling cats and dogs all day. A week or so later all my lab allergies came back and all the fruits and veggies I react to because of oral allergy syndrome came up as not being allergic, they also tested for celiac etc. The peanuts came back as being +1 allergy meaning I am allergic to it but they informed me that I can have minimal amounts on rare occasion and not have a reaction however it is best that I keep an Epi pen handy since certain restaurants use peanut oil but many less than in the past and certain foods state they are created where tree nuts are also processed.

I do notice with a flare there is more gas than when I am not in a flare and certain foods cause more gas than others and some affect certain people more than others for ex some people do not have as bad and as much gas when they eat cooked broccolli however I cannot eat it even if puree without being bent over in pain from the gas and that is with beano and gasx.

I have noticed that after my 4 recent Sxs that I tend to have more gas and it is 100 times more potent and unsure why.

Good luck and hope you get better soon
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 

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