Yeast intolerance

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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, i'm looking into the possiblity that i may have a yeast intolerance and was wondering if anyone else suffers with this and what their symptoms are? I have been tested years ago for coeliacs disease as my sister has this too and it was negative so i know it's not gluten. Is it common for people with crohns to have yeast intolerance? Thanks in advance, Kelly.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm fairly sure you can be sensitive to gluten/wheat and have a negative celiac test (at least that's the case with me). That said I also have a sensitivity to yeast according to igG and igE and a few other things. The symptoms I get when I consume gluten/yeast are just a bit more pain and my stomach gets way puffier/distended looking which I guess means it causes indigestion/gas. Good luck!
19 y/o female, diagnosed crohns december 2008
currently taking 500 mg pentasa 4x daily

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   Posted 11/17/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I found out a few months ago that I am allergic to yeast and sugar. This along with my CD makes things a bit more interesting. It's a bit overwelming trying to decide what I can eat and what I should stay away from. Plus the fact that something will bother me one time and the next time it won't. I notice that lately my symptoms are similar to the person's above...puffier/ harder feeling stomach. The pressue is sometimes unbearable. I am not much help but am still learning about this too. Good luck.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I've had crohns for about 12 years, had a resection about 10 years ago and whilst the worst of my symptoms went away, i still suffered with diahhrea all the time and fatigue etc. I know this is not unusual but recently i've had really bad pain in my left side under my ribs and in my back and i could feel gas rumbling around. Anyway i cut out bread and any other obvious flour based products 3 days ago and i haven't had diahhrea since! I've been going once on a morning and thats it, it's a revelation for me! So this is the reason i think i may have an intolerance and just wondered if anyone else had similar results. Kelly.

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   Posted 11/17/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Gas and bloating can be a symptom of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. It arises when you have slowed passage through your SI and the reduced clearing of the SI allows bacteria to multiply there (can be due to a stricture, diet, pancreatic insufficiency and a few other causes). The bacterial overgrowth allows the bacteria to consume partly digested food and generate gas. It also causes either diarrhea or constipation (depends on the kind of bacteria that predominate) and inflammation or pain. The food sources that most commonly promote bacterial overgrowth are starches and sugars. If you google SIBO, you can find out more.

That does not mean that you don't have a wheat intolerance. That can also occur. It is actually fairly common because of the regular occurrence of gut permeability which allows allergies to food proteins to happen. The allergies that happen are usually for the most common foods in our diet and that is why some people have intolerance for things like beef and milk as well as wheat and yeast. It seems that food intolerances can and do fade away after a time without exposure to those foods (just based on the things that I have read).

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   Posted 11/17/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
This is an area where the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) can really shine. I would suggest taking a look at it as many people have reported it helping with yeast problems. Best, CH

+ 34 year old male
+ Crohn's Disease DX in 1997, doc said it was "moderate to severe"
+ Currently taking 9mg entocort and 40mg prozac
+ SCD for past 10 years
+ 4,000 mg MSM, Calcium, Vitamin D, Multivitamin, S. boulardii, Acidophilus
+ Section in lower jejunum is badly strictured (5mm wide opening continues for 10cm!) but otherwise no other problems in bowel
+ No surgeries so far

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   Posted 11/17/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I personally think that quite a few of us Crohnies are suffering from wheat intolerance and other food intolerances. I don't have the possibility to get a test, but you can always try by gradual avoiding certain things, and write a journal what you have avoided and how you are doing. Of course you need weeks to one month or more to find out if you really are having an intolerance.

SCD could be a good solution for those really suffering big time. And sugar is always increasing the inflammations!!! /Bee
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