replacing electrolytes

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   Posted 2/20/2010 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Just got home from hospital with a flare up. I have been having watery d since the end of January. I think all the fluid loss (despite drinking fluids and some gatorade) may have caused my calves to really hurt. This cleared up in the ER so I'm thinking the fluids they were giving me did it. So now I'm home and still having d and worried about the leg pain returning. Besides gatorade and pedialyte, are there other things I should be drinking? I know it has to do with salt and potassium loss right?

And they gave me a diuretic because my blood pressure was high. On the one hand that will help with the fluid retention with the pred probably. But I am worried about drinking too little of the right kinds of fluids. Or that my fear will cause me to drink too much and end up with water poisoning. I know, it sounds like I should probably take one of those valiums they gave me....getting a little paranoid here.

Any helpful ideas?
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
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   Posted 2/21/2010 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I would start eating bananas one a day it should help the leg pain.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
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.

My GI doctor has me on and Humira. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Reduce the intake of everything containing salt and increase everything containing potassium. It's not wise to avoid salts, what you need is eating about three times more potassium than sodium chloride, salts. Sodium cl. is important for your kidneys. Avocado, potatoes, squash, banana, raisins, papaya are terrific potassium sources. And the most important: drink a lot of water. /Bee

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   Posted 2/21/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
My husband tends to dehydrate very easily (or at least so it seems to me). I usually give him pedialyte (basically replace water with pedialyte with crushed ice) and give him a couple of bananas a day. I also give him some chicken broth, and Ensure if he can tolerate it. So basically if he flares up, he mostly goes on a completely liquid diet (except for the bananas), and the ensure gives him calories, and they all help keep him hydrated. Also, if he's able to tolerate it, I give him a cup of SCD yogurt twice a day.

I hope you start feeling better soon.

Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Crohn's in Remission since June 2008
C-diff recurrence Sep 2009
Reactive Arthritis Nov 2009
Currently c-diff free
Stomach Flu Feb 2010
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (6 weeks), Pred (5mg every other day)
Hoping to stop pred, and move remi back to every 8 weeks soon
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   Posted 2/21/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm certainly no expert on this, but I know when my grandmother was on a diuretic (also for blood pressure), her doctor prescribed a heavy-duty potassium supplement. According to what he said, you certainly can help yourself by eating potassium-rich foods, but you still can't begin to keep up with your body's need for it, due to the effects of the diuretic.

Perhaps consider calling your doctor's office and asking them to run this by your doctor to see if he thinks you need a prescription potassium supplement.

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   Posted 2/21/2010 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone,

I love bananas but unfortunately am allergic to them. I remembered oranges are good too for potassium. Any kind of squash?
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prilosec, darvocet

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   Posted 2/22/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I dunno if this is of any use, but I bought a new drink today, something called Vita Coco coconut water. On the side of the packet, it claims that it has "more electrolytes than leading sports drinks with 15 times the potassium" and "has more potassium than two bananas". It's on google if you're interested.

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   Posted 2/22/2010 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I find if I don't take magnesium it also contributes to cramps. Is it just me or am I wrong?
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 2/23/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Heatmiser, I use electrolyte strips that dissolve in your mouth, go into the bloodstream, bypass the GI tract. Next best thing to an IV, like sublingual nitroglycerin. I can't put on here where I get them, because I am a distributor, but they are wonderful. I was told I can put my email on here and anyone can email me if you are interested. Not sure if I can actually put my email on here, but I think you can get it from my profile....Not trying to sell something on here, this is my support/info group so if I can't mention this let me know and delete this, no prob.
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 Currently on Prednisone 40mg. Tapering down, now on 20mg.
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   Posted 2/23/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Magnesium and Potassium. Both could be taken in form of pills, but you can also eat food every day that keeps your electrolytes in a good balance. Ripe bananas have a lot of potassium, but as long as we eat too much salt by eating processed food in home or restaurant-cooked food we will not get a good balance in the ratio 3:1, means 3 times more potassium than salt. Potassium is in bananas, squash, lima beans, potatoes, papaya, oranges, raisins. If you eat a lot of fried chickens - you will find that the potassium level decreases a lot, due to a high level of sodium.
A rule here is: the more natural food, the higher potassium. Learn more by reading the book: The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut, written by Ph.d. James Scala, a nutrition doctor. He has interviewed more than 100 with Crohn/U.C to write this book, so he has learned from our experience and his science what is good for us. Does not at all promote a diet, but we learn what kind of food is that is suitable to stop diarrhea, to balance the electrolytes, to get rid of fatique, to avoid obstructions ..,/Bee
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