For the first time the banana is getting to me :S

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   Posted 6/12/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I came home late tonight and I was feeling hungry so I ate one banana and my tummy has been in a knot since..

I have never had any reactions to banana's before is this possible to all of a sudden get this bad side affect from a banana?

it hurts around my navel area is that the colon or the small intestines?
24 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort, Cipralex and Cerazette.
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   Posted 6/12/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe a possible partial/blockage due to the sudden increase in fiber?
The same thing happened to me last week with mushy green beans and sweet potatoes. The only thing that fixed mine was a trip to the ER and a nice dose of morphine.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics prescribed by my GI.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
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   Posted 6/12/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been having a very similar issue. Here is a link to my post about this from a few weeks back

Turns out I need to have my gallbladder out as it is not contracting the way it is supposed to. My dr. thinks that is what has been causing some of my more recent issues with foods that I was able to eat without issue before. Not sure if you still have a gallbladder but if you keep having issues like this you should make sure to talk with the doctor to see what is going on.

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   Posted 6/12/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   

So what kind of test did they do on your gallbladder? I have also suspected my gallbladder lately. I too have had issues with bananas and never had an issue before. I have new symptoms. Major cramping, sometimes vomiting. However GI doc wants to only think Crohns and a CT did not reveal any obstructions. There was wall thickening but that is nothing new to me.

DX in 2007. Was on Asacol for almost 2 years and the Entocort for 6 months. That has now stopped working so currently on Prednisone while trying to get up the courage to take Remicade.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi aim 928,

I had a HIDA scan done. I had catscans previously and there was nothing notable on them. My HIDA scan results showed that my gallbladder was functioning at 20% which is below normal (i think 75-35% is normal). I am not surprised about having this issue since both my mother and several of her relatives had bad gallbladders.

Here is info on it from the MayoClinic about the HIDA Scan.

If you think you may be suffering from somethng that is not being caused by your IBD definitely push your doctor to look outside of the box. Often times these docs think "Well the patient has diagnosis of XYZ so therefore everything that the patient suffers from must be caused by XYZ". Sometimes that it is the case but other times it is not.

Hope you feel better soon.

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   Posted 6/14/2009 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
isergodur, this has happened to me way too often! When the inflammation is more active, eating a banana could give you a partial obstruction. Often the pain is placed around the navel during the obstruction, but you can also feel that it occurs in different areas. This because the intestine moves around, or you may have more than one inflamed area that is so narrowed the fiber from the banana could get stucked. Drink water while walking around, you have to drink water during hours to help the blockade to release. Riped bananas are better for us Crohnies. Also those must be chewed well. If you get in really awful pain, you need to go to the ER, an obstruction could lead to more serious conditions.

Post Edited (BeeSting) : 6/14/2009 3:38:41 AM (GMT-6)

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