how to stop a flare up in its tracks?!?!?

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   Posted 1/13/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm still fairly new to all of this and so i'm just looking for some advice. 
Last month i had a rather mild flare-up around the time my GI started me on azathioprine (which i'm still slowly increasing until i reach the optimum dose)  This flare lasted approx 6 weeks, but my symptoms were relativey mild... there was only bout a ten day period in which my appetite was very low and i was going to the toilet more than 6 times per day.  For the rest of the time, my appetite was low and i was going to the toilet 3-4 times per day, but it was manageable.  Anyway, this flare only stopped 2 weeks ago, but i think i may be starting again.  Last night i felt very nauseous, however i wasn't actually sick.  Today i feel a little nauseous, but nothing major.  However, i've been to the toilet 3 times today and although my stools weren't watery, they were quite loose.  I am also starting to get a little bit of pain in my abdomen too.
I have exams at uni next week and then i start a new placement and so i would really prefer to "get rid" of this flare asap!  Does anyone have any methods/ideas of how i can stop this from turning into a flare, or how i can at least minimise the symptoms?!!?  Thanks

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   Posted 1/13/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
A lot of people change their diet so that their intestines don't have to work so hard.

Foods to avoid would be red/dark meat, whole grains, uncooked vegetables, fruit skins/seeds, fried foods, onions, spices, gassy foods (cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, beans).

Foods to eat would be well-cooked veggies (that you can mash with a fork), white meats, fish, salad greens, white bread, yogurt (watch out for fruit seeds), pasta, rice, soup.

Some even go so far as a liquid diet for a few days, I've tried that myself and it seems to help.

I'd also suggest that you use Omega 3's and probiotics.

Hope you do well in your exams, and that you feel better soon.
CD since July 2007 - prenatal vitamins + extra vit. D, vit. C and iron, fish/flax oil, probiotics

Following excellent Omega-3 diet as per James Scala's 'The New Eating Right for the Bad Gut' - got me out of a flare.

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   Posted 1/13/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure if you can stop a flare dead in its tracks, but there are things you can do to help.

Eliminate all sugar stuff, switch to an easier to digest grain like sourdough bread and rice pasta or eliminate grains temporarily, and also drink chamomile tea and green tea with organic honey.

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   Posted 1/13/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
In the short-term: prednisone.
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   Posted 1/13/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you sure this is really a flare, and not the result of something you ate that may not have agreed with you? The only reason I ask that, is it seems as if your flare was back under control and now this. I know that sometimes I can eat something that didn't agree with me and I will have a few bad days because of it and then things settle down. Also I was wondering if maybe you just recently increased your Imuran and maybe that is making you nauseous as Imuran can do that at times. Sorry not more help, just trying throw out some ideas to you. I think the best suggestion is to go onto a liquid diet until things quiet down. Good luck!
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   Posted 1/13/2010 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all of the advice!  i think i'm going to try doing a liquid diet for a day or two and see if it goes away or at least helps a little bit!  I'm not sure if this is a flare or not, but it is how i felt a day or two before my last one took control.  I haven't recently increased my meds.  I tried to think if i have eaten something that may not have agreed with me, but i can't really think of anything.  Hopefully that's all it is though because my GI isn't very keen on giving me prednisolone again for a while if it can be helped because i just came off a 3 n half month course of it recently and then i was only "normal" for 3 weeks before i started to flare again (which was my last flare).  I know my flares have be relatively mild compared to alot of people's and so i know i'm very lucky, but i do hope i get sorted soon as i seem to just be going round in circles at the minute!  Thanks again for replying!

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   Posted 1/13/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
It very well may not be the beginning of a flare up. I had to stop azathioprine because it made me sooo nauseous and made my crohn's symptoms worse.
Do tell your GI about this, you might not be tolerating the azathioprine very well.
Crohn's dx in May 2009, symptoms since October 2008
Currently taking: Pentasa 1 gm/4x daily; 6-MP 150 mg; Entocort 9mg

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   Posted 1/13/2010 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish I would've realized this earlier myself, but fried foods set me off pretty bad. I have (tried) to stay away from french fries, deep fried chicken, etc. and feel better. I am also think partially it is LDN kicking in, but I hope you start to feel better prior to the exams. I could only imagine how bad it would've been needing to go to the bathroom 3 times during an exam.
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