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   Posted 6/3/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all! I know this has been discussed before but I can't seem to locate it.
What fruits can you tolerate? I really like watermelon but I am scared to try it since being dx.
Thank you!
DX in 2007. Was on Asacol for almost 2 years and the Entocort for 6 months. That has now stopped working so currently on Prednisone while trying to get up the courage to take Remicade.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
It all depends on how active my CD is. Right now, I'm doing well so most fruits are tolerable. I'm chowing down on fresh picked strawberries straight from my garden! Watermelon is another story, even right now I'd have bloating and pain after eating it. But that could be because of a narrowing that will eventually require surgery. If I was flaring...watermelon would knock me down for a couple of days at least.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty good with many fruits but always cautious with watermelon, mango, etc. I will eat a small amount (few bites) without trouble, but I don't try to eat too much. Strawberries seem fine, though I don't eat too many berries due to fear of seeds - the berries with bigger seeds.
I've always felt like the sensitivity to different foods might be affected by where in the intestinal tract your Crohn's is.  Mine is all large intestine, so most of the food is processed by that time.  That's just my own theory ;-)
--female dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--currently taking methylprednisolone 40mg-taper.  Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09.  Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09

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   Posted 6/3/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I can eat strawberries, watermelon, banana's, and plums (no skins) right now no problem. I LOVE oranges and tangerines, but those are both too acidic for me so can't eat them really.
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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 6/3/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been able to tolerate strawberries pretty well. Other than that, the only fruit I have been eating is cut up canned peaches that sans sugar stored in their own fruit juice so...they're pretty soggy by the time I get them into my yogurt.
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 prescribed by my GI.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 6/3/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
2 years ago I couldn't eat bananas, oranges or apples. Just pears. Now I am able to eat all. 2 years ago I used a fruit and vegetable juicer. It separates the fibres and the good stuff in two different cups. My fruit/vegetable drinks are fantastic. And SO loaded with vitamins and antioxydants. :-)

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   Posted 6/3/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Can you share some of your juicing recipes? I just ordered one!

I am able to eat all fruits and most vegetables, though sometimes if I eat salads two days in a row or raw broccoli, there can be problems.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I think the ‘everything in moderation’ rule applies here.


I can have most fruits/veg in small amounts – but NOOOO watermelon, cabbage, corn, honeydew melon or grapes. No way hosay they will ruin me!


Other than that I am pretty much O.K as long as I’m not having a whole lot at once. I once over-ate tomatoes because they were so delish and man did I regret that.


My advice would be stay away from seeds, kernels and skins (aka grapes, corn). They don’t digest easily/at all.

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   Posted 6/3/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been wondering about this too. In terms of raw fruits, right now I know I can eat bananas and strawberries without any problems and blueberries also if I blend them really well in smoothies so that the skins get broken up. I'm a bit scared to try anything new, even though I'm not really flaring much anymore, but I'm sure as the summer continues I'll be tempted to try some new things and hopefully the list of fruits I know I can tolerate will grow.
As for introducing new fruits/vegs, I usually just wait until I'm having a calm day or week symptom-wise, try small amount of the new thing, and see how it goes. If I start out feeling fairly well and i only try a tiny bit, i can usually get a good idea if my gut can tolerate it without any major fallout even if it can't.
And I definitely have been able to eat watermelon even while flaring in the past, at least in small amounts.
21 years old, diagnosed with CD at age 18,
First major flare since diagnosis started in Nov. 08. Still recovering and mostly stable, but having trouble tapering Pred.

Current Meds:
Prednisone 12.5 mg, Azathioprine 75 mg (just started 5/03, but think it may be starting to kick in), Asacol, and Rowasa
Plus Vancomycin and Florastor for a recurring case of c diff.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
watermelon, bananas and canned peaches are two things I can eat a fare amount of without trouble. Strawberries kill me as does any other berry. I can have a couple bites of apple too. Nothing citrus.
For veggies cooked carrots and green beans seem to be the only thing I can tolerate.
Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.
Fibromyalgia (allergic to Lyrica)

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine, Asacol

Presently taking: now on Imuran, probiotics, calcium, B12.
For asthma I take Advair 500, singulair

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   Posted 6/4/2009 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Bananas, canned pears and peaches for me. I'm afraid to eat the seeded fruits and oranges and apples.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I just replied on another post about juicing. If you can afford one its a great way to get all the fresh fruits and veggies you want without the worry of a blockage. Mine is about 10 years old and still works like new.
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!
God Bless. Tony

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm jealous of all of you on here who can eat strawberries!! No berries of any kind for me :( After my resection I was told "nothing with pulp" so no oranges and anything like that... apples and grapes are ok for a few bites.. and bananas are ok depending on the day. Basically cantelope is my fruit :) I don't like watermelon so no comment to that!
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 6/5/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
How about canteloupe? Can people with Crohns generally tolerate that?
DX in 2007. Was on Asacol for almost 2 years and the Entocort for 6 months. That has now stopped working so currently on Prednisone while trying to get up the courage to take Remicade.

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   Posted 6/5/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
red apples and bananas (those turning slightly brown), cant deal with anything citrusy (sp?) x

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   Posted 6/6/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   

I think my system is completely backwards. I can not tolerate any citrus, pineapple including the juice only is killer I have pains within minutes, one banana will knock me down for 3 days even if I am not really in a flare, watermelon is a super bad idea for me but occasionally I will sneak in a bite or two and hope my stomach doesn't notice, ha ha. I cannot tolerate lettuce unless I am in complete remission, but I can eat spinach greens no problem. However, the rediculous part is I can eat unlimited jalepenos and bell peppers, cabbage, broccoli, onions raw and cooked, and I can tolerate a lot of tomatoes. I cannot do canned corn at all but I can do fresh corn on the cobb almost daily during the summer, I think because as I bite it off it breaks it up a little more, I can also eat honey dew  canteloupe, grapes and strwberries without any regrets.

I soo miss fresh oranges, and a salad with dinner when we go out to eat. My husband is still mean and orders one even though he knows it kills me to watch him eat it, he does let me dip my bread in his ranch dressing though.  

I never realized how much I love food until I was restricted on what I could eat, darn this disease!!!!
Dx CD Oct '06  remarried July '05 mom of 3 boys ages 12, 15, and my baby born Oct. 07. 
Asacol, entocort

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