Sushi(raw fish) raw clams and oysters

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turnpkegates
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I always eat raw fish sushi and raw clams and oysters and just recently read that its not a good idea for people with UC...does anyone else here eat this stuff as well...i never seem to have a problem from it and i love to eat it...thoughts?

Nor_TX
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
That is my food of choice when we go out for dinner. We go to a neat Chinese buffet that has regular Chinese food which my husband loves and sushi, sashimi, oysters, which is what I eat. I have never had a problem other than getting too full.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 5 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 5 weeks
                   B12 every 5 weeks              
                   12 Asacol daily
                   Zofran as needed
Dealing with Colitis since 2003, Gastro-Paresis, Reflux, IBS, GERD and Gluten and Dairy Intolerance and last but certainly not least - Arthritis.  Am officially a senior citizen - how lovely :P
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Ugh Just Ugh
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's because of the risk of food-borne illness. Raw fish is probably pretty easy to digest. I haven't been eating it much because I can't handle the sodium from the soy sauce at the moment. Eat at reputable sushi places and if anything seems a little off don't eat it. Honestly, I've never gotten sick eating sushi. Every time I've ever gotten food poisoning it's been from fast food!
Jennifer
Originally Diagnosed: 7/08 Mild left sided UC
Current Flare started: 12/26/09, re-diagnosed with pancolitis.
Current Meds: Prednisone 20mg, Imuran 150mg, Starting Remicade in the next week or two, Lexapro (10mg).
Past Meds: Mesalamine Enemas, Canasa, Hydrocortisone Enema & Supp. Oral Mesalamine Intolerant.
Supplements: Multivitamin, Fish Oil, C, Iron, D, Calcium, Potassium, Bio-K, Tumeric, Boswellia.


songlady
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   Posted 6/8/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
The problem of contaminants in the raw seafood could be disastrous for us, I've heard. Having said that, sushi is one of my favorite things and I find it often sits well when other things don't. A friend from Japan, here in the US studying, taught us how to eat it and what to appreciate about it, decades ago, and I've loved it ever since.
My kids love it, too.
As I've said, we each pick our risks. Skiing and amusement park rides scare me so that I won't do them, but I'll jump on horseback..... :-)
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juju0010
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   Posted 6/8/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Sushi is my #2 favorite food. Never had any trouble with it
juju / UC Since July 2001
Flares: Jan 2006
Currently: Bleeding, but doc says not a flare
Meds: Asacol HD 800mg x4/day, Canasa suppositories


Christine1946
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   Posted 6/8/2010 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
     UC or no UC....you couldn't PAY me to eat that stuff.
 
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days.  Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas.  Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal.  Two year remission.  Started 6MP in 2002.  Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08.  Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08.  Flaring more often since.  Off 6MP. Remicade failed.  Humira failed.   Meds: Colazal, prednisone, Cort & canasa suppositories, Benicar (Blood pressure).  Surgery scheduled for June 28th...maybe sooner if possible.  Still flaring

 


Subzeromambo
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   Posted 6/8/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
The only sushi that can be a problem is ebi/shrimp. I have never had a problem with it but my nutritionist said to avoid it during a flare. It is not my favorite sushi so it is not a big deal.
Diagnosed 1987 with lower left colitis. Hospitalized many times. Worst case: mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Current meds: Citalopram, alprazolam, and rowasa. Colorectal abscess surgery 9/09. Bleeding kidney infection 4/10.


Malkavian
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   Posted 6/8/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a nutrion book for people with UC and it says to avoid raw fish due to risk of foodborne illness.

However I find sushi easy to digest and love the stuff so I eat it anyway.

I wish I had some now. darn it.
Heather, 22/Female/NJ
Ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Remission?!?!?!
Currently on lialda 4x/day, azithioprine 150 mg/day, calcium and d, B12. Enemas make things WORSE
Allergies: penicillin, sulfa, bee stings, environmental (especially ragweed!), OTC meds as needed


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 6/8/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I eat loads of sushi and oysters. I hope it is not a problem because i don't think I could live without it.
March 07: Diagnosed with mild proctitis - Canasa as needed
August 08 - December 08: Flare & Anemic - Started Asacol
January 09 - December 09: Remission!!
December 09 - January 10: Massive Flare - Asacol + Prednisone + Canasa / Colazal
Current: Mild / Moderate Active Pancolitis: Prednisone, 6mp, Cort Enemas, Canasa



Peety
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   Posted 6/8/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I love it.
But I'm sure that if we got the sickness anyone would get from eating bad fish, it would be worse for us.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985. 
Asacol for 20+ years with Prednisone & Rowasa for flares (But nothing since Remicade). 
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some. 
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow


Mackster
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   Posted 6/8/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Love seafood and fish but when it's raw it can be a host to a ton of parasites.

Which I doubt could be considered a safe food for UC.

Malkavian
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   Posted 6/8/2010 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Mackster-most of the parasite issues with fish are liver flukes that are found in freshwater bottom feeders like catfish...flukes or trematodes can make you very sick. However there is evidence out there that nematodes (roundworms) are actually beneficial to UC. Most tapeworm and nematode infections are asymptomatic anyway, you wouldn't know you had them unless you are carrying a ton. There are a few nasty ones, like dracunculaniasis, but those are not generally acquired through seafood. Food for thought: 1 out of every 4 people in developed countries are carrying parasites of some sort and its even higher in third world countries.
Heather, 22/Female/NJ
Ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Remission?!?!?!
Currently on lialda 4x/day, azithioprine 150 mg/day, calcium and d, B12. Enemas make things WORSE
Allergies: penicillin, sulfa, bee stings, environmental (especially ragweed!), OTC meds as needed

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