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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I don't know if I have a weird stomach, but it seems that every time I drink any form of alcohol, whether it is hard liquor, wine, or beer, it is horrible. Before I was diagnosed every time I drank it caused bleeding in my stool, needless to say, I stopped that real fast.  Now I get horrible cramping and gas and then it causes constipation for two days.  I don't understand it. Is there something in the alcohol, or am I just a weird case.  Would beano or gasx help with this problem or is that a bad idea? Im not an alcoholic but an occasional drink with my friends would be nice. 


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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcohol in general is hard on the colon, so I'd be leary...just heard on the news the other day the research has shown that alcohol can slightly increase the risk of cancer specifically for women and the GI tract especially the rectom was noted, there's something to think about.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Alcohol is a big no no for me and i can't drink any soda like coca cola og sprite which i love :(
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
It's strange. I don't drink often. Usually only at big celebrations where I know I won't be driving. But it seems I can drink nearly anyone under the table. Maybe it has to do with my missing parts. hee hee
Crohn's Disease
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I really can't drink at all with my medications, or with Crohn's. I used to have a drink here in there on special occasions. But now I never drink. Really doesn't have much to do with the Asacol though.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.

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   Posted 2/27/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't drink at all.. with all my "insides" problems, why add something to it that's just going to irritate them further? Plus with the meds, 6MP in particular, I don't want to aggravate my liver any more than I need to...
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone... considering Remicade

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   Posted 2/27/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to quit drinking for good a few years back. The stomach upset was just not worth it to me anymore.
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   Posted 2/27/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not and cannot tolerate any alcohol of any kind
It really would make me sick for sure............

Be careful with meds and the drink

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   Posted 2/27/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
i used to LOVE good whiskey...haven't had any in 2.5 yrs now though...even though i have a bar with 12 bottles of very good small batch bourbons...ummmmmm.
i started to bleed after i drank it also...
beer was ok though.
now i really never drink though...although i could really use a stiff drink right about now!

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   Posted 2/27/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
No booze for me. Like I need anything else going wrong. Plus with MTX risk of liver damage it is a NO go.
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   Posted 2/28/2009 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
When I am bleeding bad, I will always have a guinness or two. It is full of Iron. Being Irish that is the cure for everything. My foot hurt, have a guinness and that will sort it. LOL.. Otherways, I stay away from the stuff.
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   Posted 2/28/2009 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah alcohol def makes it worse. Had a beer the other night and could not shake this burning stinging pain in my gut.

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   Posted 3/10/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys for all your help!!! It is hard knowing what is going on when you are the only one in your whole family that has CD.  This thing is a life saver, i know im different, but its nice to know if im normal

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   Posted 3/10/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   

used too drink lots pre-crohn's(averaging 30-40 beers weekly). now the boozes is off limits and lost the taste of it.had a bit of beer this past summer after 3 years and don't like it or miss it.

in a sense this disease probably saved me from becoming an alcholic.



39 yrs old male. dx with cd of ileum June 2006.
3 feet of large intestine and 1 1/2 feet of small intestine removed because of complications from diverticulitis (fall '03) i.e. hartman's surgery(starting to wonder if i was misdiagonized and was actually CD)
med. : 100mg imuran, remicade Dec.06 every 6 weeks
 arthritis in fingers and knees

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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually have no problems with alcohol at all.  Not only that but when Im drinking, I tend not to have any stomach problems (D, pain ect ect).  I do notice though, that the next morning I have a sour stomach.

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.

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   Posted 3/10/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't drink any alcohol. None whatsoever.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease; Meds: Entocort & Asacol; female in late 20s.

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   Posted 3/10/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had to cut back on my drinking a lot...I've had a few drinks ever since this has begun for me (it's only been a year), and every time, I end up getting cramps, D and lots of gurgling. It's tolerable enough for me that I can deal with it once and a while, but I definitely don't enjoy going out for drinks with friends as much as I used to!

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   Posted 3/11/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I drink only when I go to the casino.
The stuff runs right through me...(beer)
When I play roulette, I have the dealer
watch my chips...and the bars close at
4am...(way past my bedtime)
diagnosed 1981
remission until 2006
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and 8-week Remacade.
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   Posted 3/11/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I hadn't had any problems before surgery. I'm waiting for a couple more weeks to heal yet and then I'll have a beer and see what happens.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to stop drinking when I got into using pain meds.

I don't miss it. It's kinda fun to go from an alcoholic, the one who is always drunk, to the one who people trust to drive them home safely. smilewinkgrin
CD dx @ 13 (1987)
Prednisone 15mg every other day
Imuran 100mg day
Celexa 20mg day
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   Posted 3/13/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Last flare started after drinking 17 shots of vodka in less than an hour.

Then I realized that my stool floated and started bleeding again. Did anti-yeast diet/herbs and candida was found in my stool studies. So, I'm guessing that yeast grows in my digestive tract when I drink alcohol and the yeast growth in the colon started the inflammation and therefore got the bleeding.

I'm all good now. Good stool. No bleeding. No meds whatsoever.
I know two other people who cured their UC from anti-yeast regimen for four months. All were on the verge of getting their colons removed.
Not recommending anything but I'm all symptom free since doing this for three months. It was one crazy experience but I'm good. sigmoid colonoscopy shows I'm in remission
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5'11. Pre-med student
Was bodybuilding for middle weight class at 175lb with 6%bf. then BOOM. UC kicked in for the first time in my life
Diagnosed with UC in Feb 2008. Lost 25lb in three weeks. Bloody hell diarrhea
Flare up in june 2008. took more antibiotics. Harder flare
Took prednisone for two months then 6mp. But I decided to get off on both.

10/08Started drinking hard liquors and once drank 15 shots in an hour.
Next day flare up.
11/08 Started anti-yeast regimen. I crapped out so much yeast. confirmed candida in stool studies.

On: No med but zinc, cod liver oil, coral calcium, probiotics, threelac, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, sea salt, garlic, aloe vera

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   Posted 3/14/2009 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I personally do not touch alcohol!!! It is not good for the tummy, especially with our Crohn's tummies. But some people do fine.
I have had Crohn's since I was 21 years old and I am now almost 28....

I am currently on Prednisone and have tired literally every drug available.

Unfortunately, nothing has worked for me. But I will keep on going and trying everything possible!

Also recovering from a blood clot in my lung and of course the blood thinners really messed up my bleeding from my Crohn's....

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   Posted 3/15/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
For me, it's not really my stomach. I start having a burning feeling in my chest. And depending how much alcohol i have sometimes it really burns a lot and makes me feel so sick. So if i'm gonna have alcohol i'll just keep sipping on it and have a glass of water on the side.

26 years old
CD for 20 years
Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 3000mg

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   Posted 3/15/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I stay away from alcohol..I really wish I could go out and drink beer with my fiance..but I prefer just being able to spend time with him on an easy stomach. I do miss smirnoff though. Ah well, cest la vie :)
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
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   Posted 3/15/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Hmmm.....this thread is really interesting.....

If I am not in remission (or really close) I don't even feel like drinking, so I don't know if I can tolerate or not.  HOWEVER, if I'm feeling good, then I drink whenever I feel like it.  At most it is one drink per day or three on a Friday or Saturday.  But it doesn't bother me at all.  I do need to mention I can't drink like I used to, but I'm quite out of practice from my college days  :)

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