how long on liquids only?

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   Posted 11/20/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
What's the longest anyone has been on liquids only (Ensure, Boost, Yogurt, Pedialyte, water)?
How do you start eating again once you've been on liquids?
Just looking for some advice from the pros...!  Thanks!
DX: mild to moderate Crohn's for 34 years
Additional benefits: chronic anemia, B12 deficient, peripheral neuropathy, facial mylagsia, joint pain, underactive thyriod
Current meds: Colozal, Nexium, Entocort, Flagyl, steriod cream, monthly B12 injections, Neurontin, Synthroid, Effexor ER, pain meds as needed

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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Do liquids for a few days then slowly introduce bland (easy for YOU to handle foods) and soft/easily digestible foods, while still taking in liquids and drink plenty of water at all times.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I did liquids for a couple of months while waiting for surgery. It wasn't fun. I still can't get jello down, and its been years. It really depends on why you are doing the liquids as to how long you need to stay on them. If you are just trying to give your bowels a rest, then a few days to a week, then gradually add back in easy foods. But in my case I had a very narrow scar tissue stricture and nothing was getting by, so I needed to keep to liquids to avoid a blockage until they could decide exactly what needed to be done and when.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
When I feel a flare coming on I do it for about 3 days. I dont do all liquids but mostly liquids and soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, bananna, and maybe rice or white bread pieces. Then I start adding in more food. When I was really sick a few summers ago I did almost all liquids for 2 weeks. Pedialyte really helped take the edge off as well as protein shakes w/ meal replacement powder. I like slim fast powder, plus protein, w/ a bananna and yogurt and soy milk blended into a shake.

26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 11/20/2007 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed, I was immediately put on Ensure and water only for 6 months. It was torture, but it helped. I was supposed to drink 5 a day, but after a while could only choke down 2 or so a day. They really aren't that bad, but when that's all you can eat, it is not pleasant - especially when you have to cook for the rest of your family.

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   Posted 11/20/2007 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Potato you are a saint. There is no way in h*ll I would EVER cook for anybody when i was on a liquid diet. I would expect spouses or anyone old enough to use a microwave to cook for themselves and anyone younger would get delivery :)
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 11/21/2007 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had to stay on liquids for up to 2 months ....ensure for breakfast,boost for lunch, ensure for supper....etc. lots of popsicles and jello. When I started re-introducing food, I would stick half a banana and a bit of yogurt in with a vanilla boost...didn't tast too bad especially if you add ice and give a good smoothy texture.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 11/21/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I wasn't on liquids long but my first try at solid was tuna on white bread and I ate french toast with syrup.. Just start off with small amounts, I stayed on soft low roughage for awhile and still am. How are you doing on the liquid diet? lol gail

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   Posted 11/21/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I did a 9 weeks of HMR with milk/honey, it is a diet food drink (except the milk and honey part) but it is a way to get the nutrients you need.

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   Posted 11/21/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on liquids only for about 2 months. After that, I started reintroducing soft / easy to digest foods back in. Now, I really wanted to wolf down a steak...but I knew that would have been too much! :-) Just stick to what you feel comfortable with eating. Try to avoid anything too "heavy" for the stomach. You'll know when you ate something too "filling" pretty quick.

Potato- I feel your pain. I had to cook as well for others while I was on the liquids only. What a hard temptation that was!

Best of luck to you.


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   Posted 11/21/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
was on liquids for about 1 weeks. Was hard dropped alot of weight. But go slowly when introducing bland food. Only little bits at a time. Try eating 5-6 times a day. tricia
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