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   Posted 2/19/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Can anybody here handle eating spicy food? I'm talking about once it gets past your mouth. For me, even mild salsa/sauce burns on the way out (I'm still moderately flaring in my lower colon). I recently accidentally ate some jalapenos in a sandwich and they were incredibly painful hours later! Back during my first really bad flare, I could feel spicy food making its way through my large intestine (and I quickly stopped eating such food!).
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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
For me spicy is an absolute no no, and not just hot spices either. Too much cinnamon, ginger or mustards cause me trouble also.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
It really depends on the day for me, usually I don't have problems but sometimes I think it increases my inflammation when I'm already not feeling too great, and makes me feel a lot worse though. I love spicy food though, so I'm glad that I can still tolerate it in general.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
It's hit or miss for me. I've had spicy stuff and felt terrible for 2 days after and I've had time when it has no effecdt.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

Amor fati - Nietzsche

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   Posted 2/20/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Sometimes I can eat spicy, sometimes not, just like sometimes I can eat heavy foods, like a creamy sauce and sometimes not. It really depends on the day, and unfortunately I never know until its too late if you know what I mean!

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 2/20/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I don't know if spicy food causes me increased D or worsens a flare -- it's more a pain/discomfort thing. I also feel spices too. Back when curcumin/cumin got a bunch of press as a possible anti-inflammation agent I took a bunch of supplements and could feel a mild sting from those.
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 2/22/2010 1:29 AM (GMT -7)   
No deal on the spicy food for me either. It's just not worth it!

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   Posted 2/22/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't eat spicy Italian food but have no problem with spicy Indian food.

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   Posted 2/22/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Ouch, the thought alone makes me curl up in pain! he he. Congrats to those who can, I hear cayenne pepper has a great deal of health benefits.
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