Food Not Fully Digesting

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bookgal77
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all -
 
I wanted to pose this question and see if anyone else had a similar issue. I had a serious flare-up earlier this year, and am starting to feel "normal" again...but the last piece is trying to figure out my diet. Pre-this flare-up I could eat whatever I wanted -- fruits, veggies, fiber, alcohol, etc. and nothing bothered me. I now realize that is not the case for all with this disease and even though I'm not having the typical flare symptoms, I'm still having trouble digesting vegetables (which is one of my favorite foods, so hard to do without!). When I eat a vegetable (cooked -- squash, green beans, okra, etc.) I don't have any pain at all with it, but when I go to the bathroom I can see pieces of it in my stool, so I know it's not fully digesting. Has anyone else experienced this? If so, what did you do? Tell your GI? Is it harmful to continue eating them if they're not causing pain but not fully digesting?
**Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily -- recently switched from Imuran), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
GOAL of one day being immunosuppressant free...still working on my doctor on this one but I am a world traveler who desperately wants to go to Africa one day!


Wolfie40
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   Posted 7/7/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I only have problems with peas. I used to have the same problem with corn but I can no longer eat it. Is your disease in the Ileum?
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Protonix,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Veebo
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   Posted 7/7/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this issue all the time...corn, sugar snap peas, lettuce...carrots even. I do know that is pretty common even for people who do not have CD to pass some undigested food in their stool. For me I know certain things cause issues and like Wolfie I can not tolerate corn anymore and will pay dearly if I even eat a little bit. Even if it does not cause you any stomach pains is your stool normal (besides the bits of undigested food)? I know for me that when I do eat veggies I am more likely to have D even though I may not have any pain after eating them (except corn). If your stool is normal and you don't suffer any issues when eating the veggies then I would not be concerned...but that is just my opinion. You could maybe call your doc to make sure as well.

ExJohnson
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor told me that our poo should actually sink to the bottom of the toilet and break apart a little bit, as this means there is fiber in your diet. That's all it sounds like to me. If you're not having any symptoms or pain then I wouldn't worry about it. Vegetable fiber does not breakdown in the intestines, so it sweeps things clean. WHen I eat salad, I always always see little peices of greens in my stool. I consider this a good thing.
I am a pre-30yr. old who has been diagnosed with Crohn's for 14 years.  Symptoms change from cramping and weight loss to severe anemia with fatigue and diarrhea. 
100mg mecaptopurine, 20mg Prednisone, 500mg Metronidazole 3x daily, Darvocet for dessert.


pb4
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Most people in general don't chew their food enough, this is especially important for us CDers...using digestive enzymes can be very beneficial as well...some use the supplement form of digestive enzymes while others (like myself) can tolerate natural ones being pineapple, kiwi, papaya and mango, about 1/2 cup of any of the above mentioned eaten after each meal will help break your food down making it easier on the digestive tract.

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nawlinscate
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I've even written an entire poem about the reappearance of food I've eaten--especially noticeable with peas and mushrooms. And spinach. In a bad flare, when I used to take Pentasa, the empty capsule casings would appear, too. When you have really bad diarrhea, particularly after a resection, food may be propelled through your system without being fully or properly digested--so it shows up again. I can tell you that it's really put me off of peas and mushrooms (especially shiitake mushrooms, no pun intended!) in a major major way.

janicea
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   Posted 7/8/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a stick blender and puree the veggies, works great and cuts down on a lot of issues. Yummy too. I can get corn past my strictures that way even! yay!
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
LDN 4mg ~ Boswellia Serrata ~ Olive Leaf extract ~ SCD yogurt. Using silver sulfadiazine on Pyoderma . B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!


ISF13+
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   Posted 7/8/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I would have to say that it's fairly normal.  Depending on how inflamed I am, I usually see remenents of whatever it is I ate a few hours prior.  Another thing I often find is my pills, completely whole.  That used to worry me but then I figured if 9 out 10 times they make it through the digestion process, I won't worry about the other times.  I almost have to laugh at the fact that we even have to be so obsessed with our poo.  Most people, just take their bowels for granted, we don't get that luxery.  :)

Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort


bookgal77
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 7/8/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for your advice - it's so true that we become so obsessed with our poo. Most people don't even look when they go before flushing and I am turning around to see if there's anything different from last time. I take Asacol and often times see entire pills come out - frustrating because that drug costs so much but considering I take 12 a day if one or two don't get absorbed I figure it's probably not that bad. I was just concerned with seeing so much food particles in my stool because it's never really happened to me before - it's usually almost fully formed (not 100%) and I do find bits of lettuce, carrots, onions, zucchini, squash, etc. hanging around. Like most of you, I NEVER eat corn but I love all other vegetables and want to eat as many as possible!
**Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily -- recently switched from Imuran), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
GOAL of one day being immunosuppressant free...still working on my doctor on this one but I am a world traveler who desperately wants to go to Africa one day!


ISF13+
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 202
   Posted 7/8/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Chew it up real good or try the suggestion of putting it in the blender. Sounds gross but maybe it wouldn't be too bad. I haven't tried it yet but my husband has suggested it several times.
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum.  Currently have C-Diff.
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Levsin, Welchol 625mg, Flagyl 250mg, 3xday, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone & Entocort


Usher
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Date Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 11/24/2013 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bookgal77,

Did you find any cause for passing undigested food in your stool?

I passed dark green stool (well formed) with undigested food in it. But, now I've been passing yellow stool with undigested food even rice and whatever I eat. The stool is well formed though. It very difficult to make out what is causing it. I suspect, it's because of my gastritis. I have ordered pine nut oil on the internet. I have to see, if it gets better.

At the same time, Crohnies pass undigested food as well, since the absorbing capacity of intestine is considerably reduced. It may be because of the medicines which cause indigestion.

I would like to know, if Crohnies pass undigested food in diarrhea? What is the color of diarrhea in Crohnies?

I had been doing good just before and during my flare-up. It all started 3 weeks after I started the medicines. I'm going crazy.
25 year old male living alone in a foreign country and diagnosed with CD, GERD, gastritis, chronic anal fissure, anemia on 29.09.2013.

Medication: Pantoprazole 20mg 1-0-0, Mesalamine 1.5g - 1-0-1 1-0-0, Budesonide 9mg 1-0-0, FERRO SANOL duodenal 100mg - 1-1-1

SupportiveMom
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   Posted 11/24/2013 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
nawlinscate you going to share your poem?
13 daughter with Indeterminate IBD diagnosed at age 11-Sept 2012 Crohn's Nov. 2012
Now on Methotrexate, Prednisone, Entocort, Zofran, Prevacid, Immodium - Soon to try Humira
Built up antibodies against Remicade... Been on: Remicade, Flagyl, Cipro
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