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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/24/2008 2:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Well here I am again after another week of diet elimination!
This week was time to say goodbye to coffee. :(
I love my coffee but I have noticed that everytime I have it, I might as well book myself into the bathroom immediately after.
I am just having tea at the moment which is much more gentle on the stomach.
I have still had difficulties every second day or so and have been unable to identify what the problem is.
I am having mild stomach pain sometimes and this maybe due to the changes and reintroduction of some foods.
I also suffer from wind and have difficulty with digestion. Also having a small stricture or narrowing in my small bowel may also be the trouble.
Can anyone suggest anything for me to aid with digestion? Enzymes?
I am also trialling lactose-free milk this week which is supposed to be easier to digest but I still suspect a dairy intolerance.
I have tried some gluten free cereal and biscuits but still noticed some problems and I might be having trouble with other ingredients in these products (i.e egg or wheat)
I have been tested for gluten allergy before when diagnosed with CD and they ruled this out.???
I had a pretty nasty reaction last night as well after eating steak with a few mushrooms. Mushrooms a problem?
I am off this week to have my food intolerance blood test which I am hoping might shed some further light on things.
I have booked into see a Naturopath and they sent me some information about themselves and it included an article on UC and cleansing the bowel by eliminating all sugar and bread, yeast etc.
I am guessing this is what they will say to me when I meet them.
At least I am half way there by what I have done so far.
Anyway until next week... take care.
35 yo male. Diagnosed in 1988.
Daily Medication - 5mg Prednisolone (7 - 8 years), 200mg Azathioprine, 20mg Pariet.
1 major bowel resection, fistula surgery (Sept 1990)
B12 supplements.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad to see your sticking with the diet .I have to go perked coffee. Steak is a hard to digest food and mushrooms I find they can be a bit rubbery .Let us know how the naturopath goes and the food gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
gail, you're terrible! ;-)

Aussiemale, I suspect with the cereal it could also be the sugar content that keeps your tummy upset, and I agree that the steak would definitely cause you a problem if you have a stricture.

One thing to consider is that diet change will help to reduce your symptoms but there have been many people here who have gone without eating a single thing for weeks or months on TPN (IV food) and yet their crohn's still flares, so it is possible that your crohn's will get better, but not quite stop altogether.

Regardless, I still think the symptom improvement I have from diet change makes the diet change completely worth it. I find my symptoms can become severe severe severe if I just eat anything I want.

I use digestive enzymes with almost every meal I eat, a multi-blend digestive enzyme that helps digest carbs, protein, dairy, the works. I also take a multi-blend probiotic every day. I am convinced without these I would be obstructing probably every day.

Best wishes.

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   Posted 11/25/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies.
I know it will take a while before symptoms may stabilise.
I find I am okay with most meat and vegetables.
I have also noticed that my bm's have become much better in the last 3-4 days, so that is worth the diet change in itself.
If I can stop the frequency of bm's and they are much more formed, something is working.
My local doctor also said my blood pressure was 'perfect' so healthwise I am pretty good, just the CD.
People at work have also commented on my weight reduction and that I am looking better.
I think people with CD have to be very strict with themselves as we all sometimes sneak that little treat which might still be doing damage.
I noticed I had quite a severe reaction to 'lactose free' milk on 3 occasions, which included stomach cramping. It has the enzyme 'lactese' which my system did not appreciate.
I have gone back to regular skim milk and seem to be okay on that. Strange?
35 yo male. Diagnosed in 1988.
Daily Medication - 5mg Prednisolone (7 - 8 years), 200mg Azathioprine, 20mg Pariet.
1 major bowel resection, fistula surgery (Sept 1990)
B12 supplements.

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