No solid food?

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Betagirl
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all

Was curious what the deal is with not being able to tolerate any solid foods. In my Crohn's tenure (6 years), I've never not been able to eat anything solid. It usually was narrowed down a bit to a certain set of "trigger" foods. So this is a whole new and *exciting* development. I'm trying to grasp just how bad this is. I feel ok otherwise, just a bit tired. I can tolerate a full liquid diet and noodles in soups. Anything beyond that I get pretty intense crampy pain, rumbles, and liquid diarrhea. Sometimes this is within an hour of eating, other times it takes a while and wakes me up early in the morning to hit the bathroom. No blood from what I can tell.

I'm not on any meds at this time. My most previous med was Humira, which worked very well. I went off of it about 6 months ago. My last GI appt was a week ago, and at that I felt fine. This hit me Monday and I'm still going strong unfortunately. I've put myself on a full liquid diet as of yesterday, including protein shakes. I tried to eat tuna and crackers for dinner, which normally is a safety food, and I was in the bathroom in quite a bit of pain within 2 hours. rolleyes

I haven't called my doc yet. I have a scope in a few weeks and figured I'd try to get this under control by then, and then we could discuss this nonsense. Er I mean fun.

Thanks for any tips.
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Miss J
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   Posted 3/22/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in the midst of a pretty intense flareup, and am experiencing the same issues as you are with solid food. I have found that protein shakes give me the most energy. My theory is that the it already being in liquid form makes it easier for our body to digest/process, so we absorb more of the nutrients. I alternate between a low-carb (Atkins) and high-carb (Ensure or Slim-Fast) depending on what I feel my blood sugar is doing.

CrohnsCrone
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   Posted 3/22/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried to puree food and eat that? That's what I've been doing lately. Put in lots of liquid if you need to - I usually put in some broth.

pb4
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   Posted 3/22/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
You could also try baby food for a few days in a row on top of your extra liquids and see how that goes, at least with the baby foods you might not feel as lethargic.

Feel better soon Beta, I hope you're not on the verge of a nasty flare!!

:)
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Betagirl
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   Posted 3/22/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Dang, why didn't I think of baby food?? I've been pureeing a banana with my protein shake and that seems to be ok.

How are you doing pb4?
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 3/22/2009 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a juicer and that sometimes helps.
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Beta diid you try mashed potatos ? I rice them so there is no fiber and that does pretty good for me when no other real food does.. Hope you feel better soon.
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   Posted 3/22/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
almost sounds like a dumping of stomach contents all at once and maybe a narrowed section cant handle it if its not digested enough out of the stomach? whereas the liquidy type is more ok as it will flow better? or it could be a stricture showing it self. maybe up high so you get the pain soon after eating as the stomach starts to empty after 1/2 hour to an hour. then hits the stricture and its digested to much cause of the location nearer the pancreatic enzymes and then shoots through? maybe not time for a scope but a upper GI with the full follow thru? just sayin'
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pb4
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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm doing okay Beta, definitely better than I have in the past, the probiotics, fibre supplements, bee propolis, omegas 3-6-9, vitamins A, C-Calcium Ascorbate, chamomile tea and altering my diet avoiding all processed foods/beverages, fast-foods, junky foods have definitely helped, I still have urgency issues but less frequency thanks to the above mentioned regime, although, during my monthly cycles it seems like all he!! breaks loose and I mean loose, my normally firm stools get softer and the frequency and urgency exacerbate LOL, aren't you glad you asked??? LOL

Are you still biking regularly? I'm still exercising regularly, I believe it also has positive impacts on my crohn's and overall health.
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teddybearweiser
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   Posted 3/23/2009 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, If Humira was working for you why did you stop?
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Betagirl
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   Posted 3/23/2009 4:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, what a great question tbw :) Because I'm stubborn and thought hey this stuff has been under control for almost a year now, why not see if I can go without meds? This was discussed with my doc prior to my stopping, though he wasn't completely on board. He wanted to move slower than I did. So now I get to let him say I told you so :)
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Betagirl
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   Posted 3/23/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4 - yep still biking, though the winter here slows that down considerably. I've also started running in the past year. I can do about 4 miles now. I totally agree with you about how exercise improves how you feel, both physically and mentally. I'll be doing the Iowa bike ride again this year. I missed last year due to my internship and I got withdrawal :)
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