Crohns and candy

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   Posted 5/11/2009 1:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone how's it going . Well I was recently diagnosed with crohns and wanted to know what do alot of you do when you get the urge for something sweet becuase I use to love cookies and cream skittles millyway of course but these things are off limits now.

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   Posted 5/11/2009 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Acid reflux sometimes will do me in, so sugar free candy may be suitable for me, but I can tolerate sweets when I can.

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   Posted 5/11/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea I have acid reflux also gotta take prilosec OTC everyday been doing that since January

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   Posted 5/11/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Pretty much learn your tolerance level... sometimes there are things that I HAVE to have, and I'll weigh whether some pain is worth having those things... like are those Oreos really worth it??? Sometimes yes, sometimes no turn
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's at age 16, then with proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, B12 injections once a month, 20mg Prednisone, Bentyl and Percoset as needed... just started Remicade

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   Posted 5/11/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I stay away from candy most of the time with the rare exception of organic chocolate. Even then it's in very small doses. I just don't think satiating my sweet tooth that way is worth it. There are plenty of other things you can eat to do that without getting sick like yogurt and mashed up fruit with honey or special products in the organic section lacking gluten and *sometimes* sugar e.g. Pamela's cookies.
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.
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   Posted 5/11/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea I have went to whole foods and purchased gluten free cookies they aren't the same but they do the job but even then they bloat me up like a balloon . But I stay away from any thing with wheat and gluten . I guess I'm going to bake my own goods LOL

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   Posted 5/11/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I didnt realize candy was one of those things that bothers some crohnies. Hell I eat candy and cookies all the time. Never had a problem. Maybe Im lucky.
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Sugar (and there's generally too much of it in store bought cookies and candies in general) is the culprit in exacerbating IBD symptoms, limting them or quitting them all together will likely have a more positive outcome on symptoms and overall health...lets face it, for most limiting is so hard to do especially when we don't realize the many places that tons of sugar hide out in so for me I just found it easier to avoid it all together. You wouldn't necessarily notice the effects like right after eating sugar having to go to the can, sugar is much sneakier than that it does slow long term damage...I substituted all candy and junky foods with fruits, I'm lucky I can tolerate all fruits so it was actually a pretty easy transition for me when I gave it up...I use stevia instead of table sugar, or I'll use honey.

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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
We're all different, you can probably find something that works for you. I can't tolerate fruit or anything like that but I can eat candy like a maniac. And do! For some reason, eating something gummy like gummy bears make me feel better when my stomach is hurting.

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   Posted 5/11/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with xraygrrl I can eat candy too without any problems. I don't really eat it alot, but I have a little bit here and there. I can tell you chocolate is pretty much a no-no for me, but the fruity types of candies (i.e. gummybears or Skittles) I do just fine with. As always its an individual thing. Not very many fruits I can eat either.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 5/11/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I eat a LOT (emphasis on a LOT...) of candy. It makes my stomach a bit upset, but nothing unmanageable, so I haven't really cut back on my candy intake or stopped eating it. It's one of those things that I love wayy too much to give up.

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   Posted 5/11/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
hey, I haven't really cut back on candy, but then again, I don't really eat candy all that often.

I can say though that I have been using Truvia instead of sugar or other sugar substitutes and it has made a real difference!
26 y/o, diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at 25 y/o
Asacol 400mg 3 pills 3x daily
Entocort, 3 pills daily
Upset stomach daily, tired all the time (except when on Prednisone), occasional abdominal pain and sometimes mysterious rashes
Getting married Oct. 2009 and am ready to get into remission!!

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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard of a study that showed when rats were given a choice between sugar, cocaine, and water, they almost all chose the sugar. Even rats that were addicted to cocaine.

White sugar is sinful, and sometimes...I'm a sinner.
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   Posted 5/11/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
That's funny but it seems the only thing I can eat without getting sick is plain M&Ms. I can drink Dr. Pepper and have M&Ms and not get sick. If I put any other food in my mouth I might as well plan on a long bathroom break!
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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I'm in remission now so I can tolerate much more corn syrup and sugar, but back when I was off medication for a while, I would occasionally get a bag of M&Ms, though it would take me like two days to finish one small little bag, since I had such low tolerance for sugar. Now I can eat a whole bag in one sitting no problem! I'm a chocolate fiend, so small bits of organic chocolate are good for me.
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

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   Posted 5/12/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
What does cocaine taste like? If it's anything like my meds, it will taste terrible. Water doesn't have much taste. So, yeah, sugar would be the choice. My neighbor's cat liked anti-freeze. It was sweet. It also killed the poor thing.

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   Posted 5/12/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG dr pepper was my favorite. But I don't need soda in my life anymore. I need a milkyway LOL. But baking your own cookies is way more fun and way more enjoyable. But darn some of you I eat candy like its noones business LOL . I tried starbusrts it didn't bother much. But hey everyone is different thanks for all the feedback . Rats and cocaine LOL
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