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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/30/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, I’m 40 yrs old mother of three boys. I’ve always been tiny 5’1 98 pounds. My boys outgrew me by the time they were 11 yrs old! I have always ate whatever and often without much thought! I enjoying eating healthy fresh fruits and veggies, beans, cheese, oh I love chesse! Oh and coffee!

I had a scope done on the 23rd. I truly thought I was just going through the change a little earlier with my biggest complaint been waking at 3am in a pool of sweat which would then lead to a urgent run to the bathroom.

While the doc told me right after scope that I had crohn’s! WHAT IS THAT! He gave me a scrip for pentasa, a pamphlet and an appointment in 4 wks. I combed the wed trying to find out what I have, still unsure but I can relate to most of what I read here, thanks to everyone who has shared their stories and shade some light on this for me!

However I have read so much about what I can’t eat - which is not going well at the moment! Its just to much to cut out a once! I need help - any ideas what causes the most problems - the coffee is gone but timmies calls to me! I read the warnings about popcorn - gone too! What can I eat - and are there any veggies or fruit that don’t cause a problem.



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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 452
   Posted 12/30/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   

First..let me be the first to welcome you to HW. 

Second..sorry you had to find out that way and without the doctor explaining anything.  You must have 1000 questions.  Everyone here is helpful and will be able to answer most questions.

As far as whatever you can tolerate.  With Crohn's everyone is different.  Some can't eat vegetables, some can't eat starch, some can't eat fiber.  Others can tolerate everything.  Everyone reacts differently to this disease.  The fact that you didn't know you had anything leads me to believe food isn't a trigger for you at the moment.  Don't worry so much about it.  Just keep in mind what you are eating and if you find you have pain or go the the bathroom more at a single time, try to remember what you ate and experiment with it.  It could be a could be coincidence (sp?).

My only real advice for right now is to get yourself a good GI.  They make all the difference.

Feel better and don't hesitate to ask us anything on here.

36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily

rowdy belly
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 12/30/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the welcome!
so no quick list nothing that easy!
have a pot luck dinner on New Years - the thought is now terrifing!
just hoping there was sure "safe" foods.
guess it will be a bit of an adventure!

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 12/30/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome for me it was a hit n miss with the foods i love cheese and milk well it does not love me i too am very tiny hv lost alot of weight due to hosp..for me i eat lots of mashed potatoes and spagetti noodles with small amount of sauce not much or butter lots of soup ..starches other than rice dont bother me..i so miss my popcorn lol..stick around this is a great place with caring n knowledgeable ppl...lyn
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/30/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to Healingwell. Most Crohnies at least while flaring will follow a low residue diet. I am in remission and still follow this diet, as it works well for my Crohns. Some people with Crohns follow the SCD diet. This diet is very restrictive, so you really have to follow it to the tee for it to work well for you. But if you would like you can google a low residue diet and get some diet ideas. As mentioned above diet is pretty individual for most of us. I would recommend keeping a food diary and keeping track of things that bother YOU. Good luck and we look forward to hearing more from you. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 1177
   Posted 12/30/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
In general my husband has stopped caffeine, sugar, carbonated beverages, artificial sweetners, and limits fried and spicy food since his major flare up last year. Also, when he is in a flare up, he follows the low residue diet. This low residue diet reduces "roughage" that can irritate the bowels further. So, soft white foods are usually what is allowed on the low residue diet - like pasta, chicken, white bread, chicken noodle soup (without the veggies), mashed potatoes, etc. Bananas are probably not on the low residue diet, but they have been ok for my husband. Gives him a pick me up when he needs it. When you are flaring, raw fruits and veggies are a no no - because they have roughage that can further inflame the bowels, and can cause obstructions, if you have strictures in the small intestine. So if you are going to have veggies or fruit, pick low fiber ones, and cook it until it is very mushy and soft.

Also, my husband takes 2 cups of 24 hour fermented yogurt daily, since this is supposed to have a lot of probiotic benefits, not to mention the vitamin D and calcium that goes with the yogurt.

When he doesn't have diarrhea, my husband eats eggs and plain white bagels.

If he can't tolerate solid food at all, he's had Ensure (though it does have a fair bit of sugar in it) to add more calories to his diet. That's something you could try - adding Ensure (a liquid food) to your diet, to help increase calories, and keep weight up.

I hope you get to remission soon.

Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life

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