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awesomeame
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   Posted 7/11/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
ok, i've never added salt to anything i've ever eaten, and i rarely eat salty food ie potato chips.  lately i've been having salt cravings like crazy!  like take-a-spoon-fill-it-up-and-i'll-eat-it kind of crazy.  does anyone else get this????  been going on for a couple weeks now, a couple spoonfulls a day seem to curb it..wierd
 
--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Shaz032
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   Posted 7/12/2007 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Perfectly understandable. The large intestine is primarily responsible for absorbing water, salts, potassium. Since you don't have a large intestine any more, you're not absorbing as much salt as bowel intact people do. Ileostomates should NEVER skimp on salt at meal times. We need extra to compensate for what we lose (and don't reabsorb). I know when I'm low on salt cos I get the most excruciating leg cramps in my calf muscles.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
 
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 7/12/2007 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I have read about this on this forum before. If I remember correctly it is due to the watery stool and loss of electrolytes due to the ostomy. I am now a past ostomate as mine was reversed 3 weeks ago. I was even asking for salt packets to put onn fast food fries while I had the ostomy. I was never a fan of gatorade but learned they have lemonade flavor now which I am able to handle. I am still having lots of diarrhea since the remainder of my colon is waking up. I have always like baked lays chips especially in combination with spaghettios (pretty bland for CD but 14mg of protein per can) recently, I have found that they seem more salty than ever before. I still carve the salty things but moreso sweets I ahave always had a sweet tooth and try to get my sweets in low fat itesms and I cannot have many fruits so it is hard. Darn oral allergy syndrome and anaphalactic reactions to certain fruits and veggies unless they are cooked to mash :(
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Astham, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


awesomeame
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   Posted 7/12/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
hmmm, maybe this explains my headaches then. been having those now for a couple weeks as well which isn't normal. i'll eat more and see what happens

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


awesomeame
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   Posted 7/18/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
ok, i've been intentionally eating an additional ~2mg of sodium every day since last friday. headaches are gone. cool. so what are the saltiest foods available?? i've found premade soups (just add water) are pretty salty and lowcal, but is there something else i could eat that's even saltier?? not really a fan of just adding salt to food with the shaker..

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 7/19/2007 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Baked lays chips have quite a bit also Ramen noodles have a lot of salt as do prepared foods in the freezer section. Canned pasta such as spaghettios and chef boyardee also have a high salt content.  Seafood has a lot too if it is a salt water fish/shellfish


Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/19/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
WOO HOO this is great now I can tell my husband to hush when he tells me to quit putting salt on everything!
I have always liked salt though, my little boy is the same, he iwll just eat salt, it's so strange, lol.

awesomeame
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   Posted 7/22/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
well i figure the lowest calorie option is just straight salt, sooo...i found "pickling salt" at the grocery store the other day. big chunks of salt, like for on pretzels. now i just wet a finger, stick them into the salt and yum! seems to taste better then table salt too. everytime i walk through the kitchen i take some

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


resa
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   Posted 7/22/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I normally post to the Total Colectomy.

Since I had my total colectomy I no longer crave sweets, thank God. Haven't drank soda, eaten cake, cookies, pie, etc. since the day after surgery. I was addicted bad before the surgery. Now I do like Ritz crackers and Sun Chips. I guess I am now craving the salt. I was wondering if anybody else craved it also. I don't crave much or often but when I do I hit the Ritz crackers and can eat 5 to 10 at one sitting. I also do not like the salt shaker, but do use once and awhile. For beverage I now crave Green Tea, water, and I sometimes drink OJ.

After four months I still get the water stools. Certain foods are good for making that happen and one of them is FAT.
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