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   Posted 11/30/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter is just dying to have chewing gum. As I recall, this is not a good habit for anyone with Crohns. Is the occasional piece of gum okay? Thanks. 
My 13 year old daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07 with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa, and iron supplement.

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   Posted 11/30/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to chew gum. It helps me w/ my naseau. Some people have problems with sugar free gum. It is not enough to effect my stomach.
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 11/30/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Gum usually does not bother me either, be it with or without sugar although sometimes cinnamon flavor gives me a bit of a problem for some reason. I have heard that some of the sugarfree ingredients can have a slight laxative effect which does not help those of us with the D problem. Perhaps someone with more knowledge will post.
47 years old
Dx 3/07 Moderate Crohn's in terminal ileum-Probably had it for years earlier
Rx Prednisone initially for 8 weeks-40mg/day then tapered down to 0
    Currently on Pentasa-2000mg/day

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   Posted 11/30/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I avoid chewing gum because I have jaw joint problems. Cinnamon can upset the guts as well as the surgar free stuff. As with most food stuff, give it a try and see if it bothers you.

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   Posted 11/30/2007 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe chewing gum can also cause you to swallow more air, which causes belching.  Like we don't do that enough.

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   Posted 11/30/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I live on peppermint orbit gum - I've tried other flavors but this gum tends to calm my nerves and stomach the best. I'm usually always chewing on a piece if not, I always have a pack close at hand :)

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   Posted 11/30/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems that it's either got too much sugar or artificial sweetner which can be very bothersome on the guts for many, especially sugar alcohols (anything ending in "tol" sorbitol, xylitol, ect) how about checking out the healthfood store, I'm sure it'll be more expensive but if it's only on occassion better a healthy gum than not.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 11/30/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with PB4 - keep away from anything ending in 'ol (malitol included, they put this in 'diet' chocolate and boy does that hurt). I once chewed 4 peices of gum with sorbitol in a row cause I liked it so much and paid the price...

I chew gum lots of times, but not the sugarfree ones. 

I'd think its okay to try.

Diagnosed with UC 8 years ago
Asacol / 12 per day
Canasa / 1 per day
Rowasa / 1 per day
Prednizone / 40 MG Day( finished taper!!!)
Azathioprine / 100 MG Day
Levaquin 1 per day
Flogyl 1 per day
Diagnosed with Crohn's 6/26/2007

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   Posted 11/30/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep in mind that chewing gum can create a lot of gas also. If you have a disease process going on it could make it more painful. I have an ostomy and chewing gum is out for obvious reasons, lol.
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