Tough time with red meat?

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   Posted 9/7/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else get symptoms (gas, pain, bloating, D) after eating red meat? What about pork or chicken? Right now I've just been sticking with soft fish and eggs for protein.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Could you be lacking stomach acid? My dad (who also has crohn's) was having a lot of problems with meat. I suggested he start taking some of my Betaine HCl, and it has really helped.
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't/can't eat red meat myself. It gives obstructive type symptoms. Even healthy people should really avoid too much red meat. The recommendations are no more than 1-2 times a week and it should very lean if you do eat it. JMHO
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   Posted 9/8/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
funny thing...never really been able to tolerate pork all that well, ever since I was a child(yes, had the gas, the cramps, the D)...esp the "fresher", non-cured pork (ie, pork chops, pork loin, pork sausage)...I can kinda do bacon, with ham being a better alternative, but pork being only a "rare" product...

But when I'm in a bad flare, can't really do all that much meat, or anything else that takes a bit of time to digest...I'm usually stuck on jello, baby rice cereal, that kinda stuff...and yeah, I DO work up to eggs (scrambled being the first type I can do, then on to either hard boiled or over-medium), and another funny thing, at this stage, hamburger happy meals are easy to digest too (not sure why, not that I suggest it for all, but I think it's kinda already "ready to digest") is one of those foods I have to work up to, so when I can do fish, I can do a small amount of steak...

so good luck, and just listen to what your body wants...if it doesn't feel good, it probably isn't the best food for you now! idea

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   Posted 9/8/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Shrimp meat is usually safe for me, some chicken and small amounts of red meat, pork is a no no. Agree with undone bacon not as bad. I believe the smaller amounts are the most important criteria.
Male, 55 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since May, 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. In the past, 5-asa Salofalk, Asacol, Entocort,  Imuran and Prednisone.

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   Posted 9/10/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped eating poultry and meat a year ago because they gave me symptoms. I get my protein from quinoa, soy products, beans and the occasional seafood.

Crohns and the symptoms Hereditary Angioedema but not the diagnosis

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   Posted 9/10/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Stopped eating all meat around the time of diagnosis. Remission for 7 years. Started to reintroduce meat in spring (fiance is carnivarous), became symptomatic again. Tried Pred, SCD, Flagyl, didn't really help. Stopped eating meat again and symptoms started to clear up.

Currently getting protein from soy meat, tofu, eggs and ~1 a week some turkey. Only having minor problems now.

Though everytime I get a craving for something meaty, I order it...though the last cheeseburger I had tasted fantastic going down, a few hours later it was skull

Chicken is so-so. Half time symptoms, half time not. Hate pork and hate seafood, so I'm not sure.
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