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   Posted 12/6/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
After 34 years of ibd I have only begun to reach out to others in the last 3 or 4 months.  So that is why I ask so many questions.  My apologies.
Why do I get such pain if I eat a lot of fiber like a bowl of beans?  I was thinking that I may have a slight constriction (is that a stricture) or narrowing in my intestine that the load of beans can't pass.  I visualize like a baked bean  hard packed snowball.  Then as my intestine gets distressed the semi-blockage becomes soft like D and can pass.  When I told the doctors about this feeling of mine they said no.  They said I would feel worse symptoms and throw-up etc.  I think if it is just a narrowing that I could be correct? 
I wish I could get that swallow the camera test but I am terrified I will choke on that camera.  I never swallowed anything that big.  I would like my small bowel looked at though.  Advice?

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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I think your right, a snowball packed full of beans. I think our systems have a hard time to digest fiber foods and it takes longer and travels futher down the intestines to the stricture site. Thus the pain.
I'm no doctor, just guessing.
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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Funguy,
Maybe you should have a small bowel follow through instead of the camera - ask your Gastro if they can arrange one.
You could have some narrowing, although baked beans are very fibrous (?sp), so could be that too.
I have had stricturing and the pain is like child birth - waves of bowel contractions and excrutiating pain, so it doesnt sound like that yet.
See you Gastro and get it checked.
good luck
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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks S-Jo and Wolfie. Your feedback helps. I will see my GI in January and talk about this.

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   Posted 12/8/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a very similar situation. There is a stricture in my colon, found aftere last colonoscopy. I am in terrible pain if I eat fiber, therefore my diet is limited with what I eat. Most often I puree the food, and still may have some pain. There is a doctor at New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell hospital  in New York who has developed some new ways to handle strictures, and to avoid colon resection. His name is Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi, I looked him up on the internet, after reading about his study and the surgeries he performs there may be a ray of hope for all of us who battles this dreadful disease.

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   Posted 12/8/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Can't these things be "ballooned" open like they did with my esophogeal ring or the way they do blocked arteries???

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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
metoo50 ... can you provide some info about it?

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   Posted 12/9/2009 4:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi FunGuy,

I would strongly advise that you go for the capsule endoscopy. I know the pill looks quite big but it's very easy to swallow. I had all of the other tests but because my disease is in the terminal ileum it could only be detected with the capsule. I have symptoms similar to yours along with bloating so bad i look pregnant. It turned out i have a narrowing - this is in the spot that was rejoined after surgery 9 years ago. So i am currently going through tests to confirm that i can go ahead and start on Humira.

Hope this helps,

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   Posted 12/9/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I had two strictures in the small bowel i would get really bad cramping after eating anything and usually end up throwing up also the area where the strictures were was firm to touch and would be so noisy I found out i had strictures from an MRI scan being done. Bev x
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   Posted 12/9/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   


Dr. Michelassi had developed a bowel-sparing procedure known as the Michelassi strictureplasty. (I am quoting from the info. found on line)  Please see the following link for more accurate info.



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   Posted 12/9/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the encouragement. I will see my GI on Jan 15th and see what options they give me. If I have a narrowing I think it will be a REALATIVELY minor one.
I use FD&C Blue dye number 1 and it really seems to help me.  There is SCIENCE behind this.  Just ask me and I will explain it to you.  U/C and Crohn's for 34 years.  Blue dye for one month and I am feeling pretty good!  I am so excited by this but I need others to try it with their doctor's permission.  Simple food coloring!!  BLUE1.  
I can't make money on this, it's already in your kitchen.  I just want to help.
I do 2 drops in 6 ounces of water when I get up, 2 or 3 drops in 16 or 20 ounces of water that I sip all day and then 2 drops in 6 ounces of water at bedtime.   Max of 7 drops a day.  Give it about ten days.  I am NOT a healthcare professional.   Ask your doctor if this is safe for you. 

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