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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
How long should you wait before reintroducing more fiber (raw veggies as opposed to cooked) when in a flare? Do you have to wait until diarrhea is completely gone before introducing it again?

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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I avoided any of that during a flare because it just made it worse. It really caused a lot of problems, and I've only been able to tolerate when I've been closer to remission than flaring. I've gone to the ER several times simply because I ate raw vegetables or fruits (or the like) when my Crohn's was not under control.

If you're flaring, I would suggest sticking with a soft diet. I know some people have taken metamucil, however, and it has helped. It just depends on you. Personally, I avoid stuff like that until I'm feeling better because it just causes too much trouble.
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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I would recommened not eating raw veggies they are hard to digest. I also agree with a soft diet.
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I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   

When in a flare, being kind to your intestinal tract (by eating easy to digest foods) is very important, as raw fruits and veggies can be hard to digest.

Once your flare has settled down or gone, then I would think that reintroducing raw fruits and veggies VERY slowly (& in small quantities) would be reasonable. But this is ONLY if you don't have any narrowing of the small intestine. In that case, you should avoid ALL raw fruits and veggies (as well as nuts & even cooked foods that are high in fiber) or they can cause a bowel obstruction.

I suggest checking with your GI doc about all this too.

Good luck, and hope your flare settles down soon.
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Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  

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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Another option is to go with fibre supplements, my GI told me to take fibre supplements during a really bad flare (NOTE: I don't have blockage or stricturing CD myself, but for those that do a fibre supplement may be an easier route to go)...of course you'd still start with a small amount, drink plenty of water with it and take it daily so your system can adjust to it (part of your system adjusting to it is increased gas/bloating, took my system 3 months but was worth every miserable day of it...besides I was pretty gassy and bloated then anyways).
Since using the fibre supplements daily and indefinitely (I started on them 5ish yrs ago) once my system adjusted to the one cap/day I was taking I found eating fibreous foods easy (no excess gas or bloating from it).

Otherwise, as Blossom suggested, go slow with fibreous foods, only increase the amount you're eating after your system ajusts.


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   Posted 1/18/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Generally speaking, fiber is good for everyone. However, this is not advised if you have stricturing of the small intestine, even if it's a fiber supplement. Years ago, my GI doc was having me take a fiber supplement (Citrucel), but when it was apparent that I had stricturing, he told me to stop using it.

Always check with your GI doc first!

As for those who do NOT have stricturing, pb4's suggestions about introducing it slowly while your body gets used to it is good advice!
54 year old female;
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  

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   Posted 1/18/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Caution: Nothing is more important than healing and keeping the flares to a minimun. Don't rush it and when you start, go slow. Just a little at a time. If a tiny bit hurts than back off.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in remission currently but suffer with the stricturing type of Crohns. If you are flaring, I would highly suggest you stay with a more low residue type of diet, easy to chew, easy to digest and lay off the raw veggies until you get better. Good luck!
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   Posted 1/19/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. This is my first flare, so I'm not sure what to do. D is back but it's not bad all the time. I usually eat a lot of raw veggies, so I've started cooking them. I can't seem to go by pain, because my colon doesn't like to give me pain signals even when things are wrong. I guess I'll keep cooking veggies until the D backs of a bit.
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