Which foods do you tolerate when you're having a bad bout of Crohns?

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MTLGUY40
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   Posted 11/18/2008 5:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Right now everything is going right through me with pain. Which is strange because this is the first time I have had pain since my second surgury 16 years ago.
 
Which foods do you eat that you tolerate well

Nanners
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
If I was feeling as bad as you are right now, I would probably stay on a liquid diet until you can get some treatment. That will at least allow you a little bowel rest.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


gachrons
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Creamed soups ,puddings, jello,mashed potatoes they might help some lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


kyle Nelson
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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
liquid diet for 4-5 days, plenty of rest, then i start with low-residue diet (chicken broths with very cooked noodles, yogurt, applesauce, etc.) coupled with massive amounts of probiotics and digestive enzymes and lots of water. tea helps too.

catpower
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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
When I get like that, I live off of Ensure, vegetable stock, white rice (if I can handle it), egg noodles, and mashed potatoes.

cindywchrones
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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
After surgery in 2004, I could not tolerate much..I went from meal replacement shakes & baby food to low residue..any spice I did not tolerate..I know there is a do not eat catagory for me now which I am mildly flaring ..no heavy spice, no grease, no raw vegetables, and no nuts or I will pay dearly..
Cindy

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   Posted 11/18/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Small amounts of pureed soups, bananas or peeled pears pureed in soy milk (sometimes with peanut butter for extra energy and nutrients), maybe a boiled or poached egg, mashed potato, baked custard.
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Jen77
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
All very plain, soft foods. Applesauce, mashed potatoes, white bread, pudding, bananas. If I'm really bad off I switch to Boost drinks. Once feeling better I add things back slowly, usually some baked chicken.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!


broomhilda
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
The BRAT DIET....Bananas, Applesauce, Rice & if I'm lucky Toast.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium, Lexapro, Nulev, Glucosamine, Multi-Vitamin, Calcium Citrate, Ultracet. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, kidney stones & peri-menopausal.


Roni
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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   

When I'm bad bad really really bad, I only eat plain natural foods. No sugar, no processed food, and only low acid fruits & veggies that are well cooked or easily digested, along with smaller portions of meats that are also chewed very very well (cause I often get obstructions). Sometimes I'll have to eat natural pureed foods.

I rarely eat canned soups or frozen stuff because anything with preservatives or chemicals makes me feel so much worse when I'm flaring really really bad.

I used to drink ensures 1-4 x a day but it just went right through me anyway and the sugar is bad for crohn's so I gave them up. I haven't tried the sugar free ones, but artificial sugar is bad for crohn's too.

Hope you feel better soon.


MTLGUY40
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   Posted 11/18/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Right now I am experiencing bad symptoms and pain eating

Breakfast : Whole Wheat toast not butter but jam
a couple of Ensures

Lunch: a light sandwich

Supper a piece of chicken no skin and maybe a couple of jellos and a banana and boy do I hate the pain from 11 pm through 8 am

Looking like admission is happening soon. Still losing 1/2 pound a day on 60 mg of Predinison :-(

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   Posted 11/18/2008 11:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Liquid diet and soft foods...avoiding refined sugar, processed foods/beverages, fast-foods, caffeine and animal fats (flaring or not).

Taking probiotics daily along with any other natural inflammatories like chamomile tea (so long as you're not allergic to ragweed) and bee propolis (so long as you're not allergic to bees), omegas 3-6-9, vitamins A and C are important vitamins for IBDers as well as B12 if your levels for B12 are too low.

:)
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MTLGUY40
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
PB4
 
Wow you seem knowledgeable !
 
Can you tell me a bit about your successes at treatment for Crohns

hspenser
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   Posted 11/19/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

When you feel bad eating a good balanced diet is hard but even more important than ever....

so for me....I usually stick with things like :

applesauce, Congee (Rice porridge), egg drop soup, mashed potatoes with a beaten egg mixed into it.

fruit smoothies with a good soy protien powder.  Well cooked carrots or squash (I usually save the cooking broth and mix it with my congee or soup.  Yougurt.

I try to eat things that will pass through without a problem and won't require my piping to work to hard.


dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
 Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old


pb4
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   Posted 11/19/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
MTLGUY40 said...
PB4
 
Wow you seem knowledgeable !
 
Can you tell me a bit about your successes at treatment for Crohns
Thanks, but I'm only going by 17 yrs of experiance from dealing with this DD.
 
Keep in mind what works for some doesn't work for all and often it is a combination of things that give best results rather than just one or 2 things.
 
I was going around 30+ times a day with a lot of bleeding, mucus and lower back pain (my CD affects my colon and anus with perianal crohn's skin tags and on and off in the rectom (proctitis).
 
I'm either allergic or non-responsive to oral meds so I'm not on them, I've only ever used cortifoam for my proctitis issues, with success, nothing eles has ever helped that area.
 
I started with bee propolis, 2- 500mg caps that I buy from puritans pride online (don't take if you're allergic to bees, pregnant or breastfeeding) and with in a couple of days that cut my daily BM's down to around 1/2 so instead of 30+ I was going around 12-15/day, it stopped my bleeding and lower back pain all together, and it cut my mucus way down...my GI was thrilled with my results from that alone so he put me on a script of pred to see if the combination would put me right into full remission but unfortunately pred no longer had any effect on me so that didn't work...so he suggested I add fibre supplements daily and indefinitely which was the best advice I'd ever got from a GI (I've had 4 in total over the yrs).
 
The fibre supplements (which I still take daily one/day) gave me completely formed stools, no more mush/D/playdoh poops and cut my BM's down to about 8-10/day on average from the 12-15/day that I ws going thanks to the Propolis. It also cut out the rest of my mucus issues and once my system adjusted (it gave me excess gas and bloating for 3 months which is normal for healthy people and the time varies from person to person) then no more bloating or excessive gas.  I'm even able to eat fibreous foods without getting all gassy and bloated from them.
 
Then about a yr after that I added probiotics, one called Primadophilus Reuteri made by natures way...one/day and that cut my BM's down to 5/day on average {{{{note that with my menstral cycle things do get somewhat crazy, softer stools and more frequency but that's typical of the hormonal fluctuations with having a period}}}} I'm not complaining too much because it's still better than what it was (30+ times/day).
 
I also added omegas 3-6-9, was already taking B12 which has had no effect on my CD symptoms but I need it, I also added vitamin C-calcium ascorbate because it's easy on the gut and vitamin C is suppose to have wound healing and other health benefits for the intestines and I take vitamin A as well, as with the omegas the fish oils are suppose to aid with brain function and bowels.
 
I exercise regularly but I've been doing that for about 7 yrs now, it's really helped with anxiety and depression as well as energy bowel function and overall health, I'm lucky that I'm one of the few CDers that DON'T have osteo and arthritic issues and I credit the exercise for that.
 
I eat totally healthy, no refined sugar, processed foods/beverages, animal fats, fast-foods, artificial sweetners, I drink only chamomie tea, it's a natural anti-inflammatory (fresh, natural loose tea) and water, some days I only "go" 3 times/day, my only issues are still urgency---when I have to go I cannot hold it for long or make the urge go away----and frequency is still my other issue, because once a day is normal for me so I'm not in full remission....but I'll take what I can get and who knows maybe at some point it will come because afterall after years of eating junky, it can take a while for the body to heal from that.
 
Hope this helps you  :)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 11/19/2008 1:33:00 PM (GMT-7)


EMom
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   Posted 11/19/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4's last paragraph talks about eating healthy by removing all junk. This is the general idea behind both the Maker's Diet and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), both of which were "created" to help folks with Crohn's and UC. My son has had great success with this avenue. Others here on the forum have, too. You can search the forum for further discussion on them if you care to!

Welcome and I hope you feel better soon!
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


MTLGUY40
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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Guys this is amazing stuff. Going to print it out and study it
I have leaved with CD for 24 years and today I went for a second opinion.
Surgury is what he thought would be best and that would be cut numero 3 for me!

In any case going to be admitted tomorrow for IV Steriods and see if they help

hspenser
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
be sure to ask the doctor about calcium replacements since an IV steroid can really cause you some bone issues......

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose one shot every week. Also nightly dose of mesalamine.
Surgery Nov 4th, 2008 removed 30 inches of small bowel.
 Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
52 yrs old


MTLGUY40
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Been there done that! Already have Osteo. Take 600mg of Calcuim daily plus Vitamin D once a week
Thanks!
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