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RobLewis
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   Posted 10/9/2009 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
At my last visit, I was talking with my doctor (who is not a gastrointestinologist, mind you) and he mentioned something about people getting a temporary bag to rest the colon, before continuing activity.

What I took from that is, "the less work your colon is doing, the more effectively it can recover."

Is that true? If so, would it help me to eat more soft foods? I already had a half-gallon of White Rice for dinner, and am considering having ice cream as a snack, now (though I'm not sure which pipes that would go to)


So again, would this work? If so, what are some good foods for this?

Hellokitty
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   Posted 10/9/2009 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
i have heard of that actually. i have a homeopath which i go see and her brother in law has uc. he did that and she says hes much better now.
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication-  2 X 500mg pentasa,  250 mg X asacol (every evening), pred foam enema daily
Diet- Back on the raw foods.
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.
dyslexia- found out that many people with learning difficulties also have food sensitivity
 

lemonhead
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   Posted 10/9/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
ok, someone correct me if I am wrong.  The point of "bowel rest" is to give your colon time to heal, but that means nothing going through the colon that would irritate it....like poo.  So, it has been my understanding that a liqiud diet is what you would do for a bowel rest.  There is some stuff called Absorbplus that is suppose to be a good liquid supplement for bowel rest.  I did it for 4 days and it did help me.  Good luck.

diagnosed with left-sided UC in 1997. (45cm)
Currently on 10mg Prednisone
12 caps of colazal    9 caps Colazal
2  1 rowasa enemas nightly every other night
magnesium citrate, calcium, VSL#3DS, bee propolis, multivitamin and MILA
35, female


basa0806
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   Posted 10/9/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I did a bowel rest for my final plea for remission after trying everything. My mom actually brought it up and my GI agreed. You are admitted to the hospital and they set up a PICC line (it goes through a major vein in the arm) and you are put on TPN which is a liquid IV bag that contains all essential nutrients. You aren't allowed to eat anything. I think mine lasted a week and that whole time I wasn't eating anything, not even drinking water.
Going on a liquid diet at home is something completely different from a bowel rest.
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->Three years!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x, 25mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Started a 10 day course of Cipro on 9/29 for a suspected flare (no blood)
"It is not the strongest speices that survives, nor the most intelligent speices that survives. It is the species that is most adaptable to change"
Charles Darwin


RobLewis
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   Posted 10/9/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not really asking about a full-on colon rest, I'm asking if what I assumed is correct. Does less work = better recovery? Does softer food = less work?

suebear
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   Posted 10/9/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
It didn't work for me. Nine days in the hosptial, immobile, an on a fast did not help me to recover. But that doesn't mean it can't help you. No two people react the same to treatment protocols which is what makes this disease difficult to manage.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


basa0806
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it put me in remission. And no, less work doesn't always equal more recovery. It is different for everyone.
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->Three years!
Meds: 3 750mg Colazal 2x, 25mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD, ortho lo
Started a 10 day course of Cipro on 9/29 for a suspected flare (no blood)
"It is not the strongest speices that survives, nor the most intelligent speices that survives. It is the species that is most adaptable to change"
Charles Darwin

Post Edited (callalily22) : 10/9/2009 8:13:14 AM (GMT-6)


Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I think eating the right foods, that give your colon less work to do, gives you a much better chance of recovery, and even a quicker recovery.

That's why in some Eastern practices they recommend eating only one kind of food, or foods with a similar texture at each meal, so that your body isn't having to digest different kinds of foods during the same meal. Also they recommend eating smaller meals (fist-sized portion) so that there isn't too much to digest at one go.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 and Natren Trinity probiotics, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally


quincy
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   Posted 10/9/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Rob...is your entire colon affected?

It's not a usual practice for colon rest for UC...but there would definitely be times where one would require it...and I think the hospital setting would be the best.

I haven't heard of getting a bag other than for CD....

What meds are you on?

quincy
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


pb4
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   Posted 10/9/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
A bowe/colon rest can be helpful to many but it unfortunatley isn't a long term solution either, regardless, it can still be a nice needed break having a rest...liquid diets for a few days (so long as you're still getting enough nutrients) are helpful, some have even managed to find remission due to a bowel rest, alot depends on just how much disease activity there is.

Many also swear by using digestive enzymes after every meal which helps break down food (less work for the bowels), some use supplement forms of digestive enzymes, others can manage eating fruits that naturally do it, pinapple, kiwi, mango, papaya.

:)
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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subdued
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   Posted 10/9/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
My Ayurveda teacher recommends fasting for three days to give the colon a rest. The best fast is to just drink ginger tea with no added milk or sugar. Ginger is anti-inflammatory. I would not be able to do a fast with juice, because I'm fructose intolerant. And I noticed that V8 juice, which is pro-inflammatory, goes through my colon; so I'm sure part of other juices do that too.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission.

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

Post Edited (subdued) : 10/9/2009 1:54:18 PM (GMT-6)

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