How much fibre?

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   Posted 2/19/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When you are trying to follow a low fibre diet, how much fibre is recommended per day?
I can't seem to find any recommendations for Crohns on the maximum amount to have in a day.
I think this question has been asked before but I cant seem to find an answer.
Michelle 40 years old
Diagnosed with CD 2004 (undiagnosed correctly +- 3 years, wrongly diagnosed with IBS)
Bowel resection 2005
medication: pentasa 500mg , Co-codomol 500mg/32mg codeine
loperamide 2mg (prn - take as many as 10-20 a day)
calcium tablets, multivitamin tablets, Omega 3
Ferrous sulphate(anaemia)
levothyroxine (thyroid)
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   Posted 2/19/2010 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I really don't have alot of fiber with my diet. I have the stricturing/scarring type of Crohns, so fiber and I are not friends. On a low fiber diet, the point is to avoid fiber. If you are feeling better, you might try to slowly incorporate more things into your diet. I follow a low residue diet myself.

Whatever you do when adding new things, even a fiber supplement, do it SLOWLY. Good luck!
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   Posted 2/19/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Ashworthml, you should always start with the smallest amount of fibre and increase slowly and if necessary...try fibre supplements in pill form (as my GI suggested to me, best advice ever), flaring or not, you can start with fibre, expect it to cause increased gas/bloating, this is normal and your system will adjust to it, after it adjusts is when you would slightly increase your amount if necessary, drink plenty of water with cautious if you're a stricturing or blockaging crohnie, but even then you still need some fibre daily, just much less.

Fibre aids with D or C, drink plenty of water with it and stick to it daily so your system can adjust to it better.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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