Does eating the wrong foods cause permanent damage?

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sickandlucky
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
By now I know many of the foods that hurt me and what I can eat safely. I'm just wondering whether if I choose to *indulge* in a food I know doesn't agree with me it will cause permanent damage on the inside? Or is it just painful in transit?
I'm going out for my birthday dinner tomorrow night with family and I really just want to eat whatever I feel like! I don't mind feeling sick for a night in order to enjoy myself with my family and eat lots of good foood! I just want to know that I'm not inflicting a huge amount of damage on my intestines?
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


debilitated
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told my countless Doctors that Food DOES NOT make the disease Worse. Just the Symptoms. But If it makes the symptoms worse... Wouldn't that mean they are from inflimation? And inflimation makes strictures, narrowing etc..

I still think doctors only go by the book and i hate it.

I still feel diet is the #1 way to go by things but in this time of need... we need are meds unfort.

sickandlucky
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I hear ya... that does make sense. I'm just worried that if I make the inflammation worse, it'll get all scarred and I'll obstruct and need surgery or something. Which is probably what happens, but you gotta enjoy life sometimes!
I'm pretty well in remission right now *knock on wood* as long as I don't eat the wrong thing. But I'm going to the Keg tomorrow and I want to live it up!
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


debilitated
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Wish I could join you.

tewcute
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
sickandlucky - I am new to the dx of crohns - 2 weeks of my actual diagnosis however I have dealt with the gas, diarrhea, and occasional flare ups for the last 8 years in the guise of IBS. What I have found is if I need to induldge on a special occasion or everyone wants to go somewhere that I may have a hard time eating I just really watch portion control. I know everyone with this disease is different and some people may not even be able to have a little of something without it flaring them but just thought I would put that suggestion out there. And happy Birthday to you!!!smilewinkgrin

Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't understand how food couldn't be the largest componenet to our intestines/well being, but I have to do a lot of reading up on Crohn's and talk to my aunt who has it. I know she takes a lot of pain meds and I'm trying to keep my mind in a good place and not think about any future scary stuff and take what it is now as what it is.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


spookyh
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   Posted 3/12/2010 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Whether or not indulging on your birthday will cause a problem is a real toss up. I've read of people who go on a several month flare after a night of drinking/eating anything, whereas other people may suffer no more then a night (if at all). I think eating the wrong foods regularly will cause damage, but I really don't know about one night.

I'm 35, so that probably makes it easier for me to choose safety over indulging ;-). I got to a point that eating yummy bad foods just wasn't worth the pain. Lucky for me, I've found plenty of yummy replacements on SCD that do agree. It all just comes down to personal choice. For me, nothing is worth pain/discomfort (probably why I've never been drunk in my life, nor smoked a cigarette, etc. etc.). For other people, it is.

Whatever you decide to do, have lots of fun yeah.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Coconut Oil, Garlic Oil, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


tsitodawg
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   Posted 3/13/2010 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Diet is a huge part of controlling the symptoms of this disease and avoiding flares. Your doctor was correct in saying that food does not cause this disease but it can cause your disease to be more active. If your disease is contantly flaring it is going to cause more symptoms and more damage. The one thing that I have learned from my nearly 7 years since diagnosis is that it is not worth it to push things that don't need to be pushed. If I know that there is a particular food that makes me really sick, I have to have the self control to avoid that food. If I am having a good day and the opportunity comes to eat a food that only sometimes gets me then I will eat it. You are the only one that knows what will work for you and you will find by trial and error what makes you sick or triggers symptoms. Just remember that diet alone will not stop this disease from causing damage and that it takes a combination of diet, exercise, medication, and avoiding stress.

sickandlucky
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! With all this in mind, I think my plan will be to eat what I feel like but in moderation. I know I will be okay with the meat and potatoes sort of thing, and I really wanted a salad but I think I'll avoid getting my own... I'll just eat a little bit of what I want, and a little more of the stuff that agrees with me :)
Thanks again!
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


Nanners
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   Posted 3/13/2010 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
After awhile when you eat the wrong things you getting really tired of feeling like crap cause you ate them. You will learn its much more peaceful for your guts to try to stay with your safe foods. I am not flaring and am currently in remission, but if I eat certain things you can be guaranteed that I will feel like crap for a day or two, and anymore its just not worth it to me. I live on a low residue diet because its what agrees well with me, and doesn't upset my Crohns and is less restrictive than other diets. JMHO
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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