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   Posted 9/10/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
New to Crohns...sorry for silly questions but, has anyone found red meat (steak specifically) to cause stomach pain? My daughter had it tonight for dinner and then pain all evening.  How about strawberries?

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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, steak can be hard to digest, not a great option right now probably. Stick with chicken and fish. Fruit can also be troublesome, try canned pears instead...
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   Posted 9/10/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I've had Crohns for 15 years and I've known for a long time that red meat especially Beef is highly reactive and even if your in remission and eat it it can cause pain and inflamation very quickly. I suggest that you try to get her off red meat altogether and swich to lots fish which is very good for Crohns cause of all the beneficial oils in it. :-)
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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies. I'm bummed to find out that steak bothers my daughter, because it is her absolute favorite. She's only 9 years old, was just diagnosed in March '09, and got incredibly better on prednisone, pentasa, VSL#3, omegas, calcium, Forvia.  It seems tho, that she is flaring up again (rotten egg smelling gas and a few stomach aches again) and it's only 3 months since we stopped the prednisone.  How do I get a nine year to eat fish??? She refuses, including fish sticks. This disease is a bummer!
I would LOVE to find a more natural way to help her than the 6MP that her doc suggests as a possible next step.  I'm considering probiotic enemas (currently taking orally: VSL#3, Culturelle, and Custom 6-strain blend), olive leaf extract (antibacterial, but tastes AWFUL), and or looking into fecal transplantation.

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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   

I do NOT recommend taking her off red meat entirely, which can lead to an imbalanced diet. In fact, some diets, like the SCD diet for Crohn's, are heavily meat-based.

My own daughter (21) finds fish hard to digest, and dislikes it. Steak, too, but has no problem with hamburger. In fact, she insists on having hamburger at least every other day, because she says it makes her feel better.

So perhaps your daughter will do better with ground meat. (When my daughter had a stricture I peeled the strawberries.)

Post Edited (njmom) : 9/11/2009 7:46:22 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/11/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to remove red meat completely from my diet as everytime I ate it in "any" form I would wind up in the ER with obstruction like pain. I eat alot of fish, chicken and turkey now.

Red meat is very difficult for the normal digestive system to digest. It has to literally rot in your gut to be digested. It is recommend to eat minimal amounts of red meat, and if you do it should be really lean cuts.

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