Remission & Diet

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 3/22/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, i have been taking Entocort & Imuran for the last 2 weeks. I have a narrowing at the site of anastomosis from my resection 9 yrs ago and my GI doesn't know if it's caused by inflammation or scar tissue so he put me on medication to see if it would help. Within 2 days of starting the meds i was feeling much better. I can eat anything now without any discomfort - although i am still suffering with bloating all of the time - does anybody know if the fact that i am still bloated all of the time suggests anything, like maybe the inflammation is still there and the meds are just masking the pain and discomfort?? Probably a silly question but i'm a little confused.
But my question is - Because i am enjoying food again for the first time in a long time, i am just wondering does my diet also have an influence on the success of these meds. What i mean is that i find myself eating a little more than usual since feeling better and sometimes i just can't resist freshly baked bread/chips/chocolate etc. I usually stick to a gluten free diet 90% of the time (i have never tested positive for coeliac but it helps a little when i stick to gluten free foods) and i try not to eat much processed food if i can help it. But my will power has decreased since i've been feeling better from the meds. I am just wondering will the fact that i am giving into temptation and eating a little more processed food and especially bread have any effect on whether these meds might get me into remission or at least get the narrowing under control. I feel so guilty when i indulge but at the same time i feel i deserve to enjoy the foods that i love. Still i worry that when i taper off the entocort that if things go back to how they were before, i will blame myself for not sticking to my usual healthy diet. Oh and does anybody know whether taking probiotics with these meds is beneficial?
Thanks in advance,

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 3/25/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I was out of town and going through the list of back days and found your post with no answer, sorry you were ignored! my quick answer is that if avoiding certain foods make you feel better, while I understand wanting to enjoy what you love, why eat them? I have been off gluten for 3 months,. I didn't test positive for celiac, but I am a new is always up to you, but strive to eat what makes you healthier.
probiotics are always beneficial, I think. yp
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 3/26/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply yogaprof.

I guess it was a bit of a long winded and maybe silly question!!
I know what you are saying makes complete sense, i guess i just have a lack of will power when it comes to certain food. I don't eat much really but i do love bread - probably because i shouldn't eat it! But i've read a post about how bad it can be to eat bread when you can't properly digest it so that's why i worry that i could be causing further damage while the meds are trying to heal. But yes i guess i should just stick to the foods i've been eating all along, especially the stuff i know i can manage. Makes a whole lotta sense alright!!
Thanks again,
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