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   Posted 3/1/2010 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and thank you. My mother is 63 and was diagnosed w/crohn's disease and I have a question. She has severe cramping and then goes to the bathroom and passes blood and blood clots; is this normal for people w/crohn's? she has a mild fever and pain to the touch of her abdomen. I have been trying to read everything Ican about this horrible disease and I am so anxious to find a good diet for her to help ease the symptoms. Any help would be greatly appreciated.. Thank you Angie
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   Posted 3/1/2010 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Angie and welcome
I am fairly new to this site too so I am still rapidly learning and I am sure a much more knowledgeable person will be along some time soon.
From what I understand the cramping and passing of blood can be typical symptoms although my son only had the cramping/tenderness to touch in stomach. I do not know whether a mild fever is typical though although I would think so because pain is usually caused by inflammation and inflammation can result in a temperature.
Firstly she needs to get the inflammation under control with some drugs or a change of drugs/dosage once that is somewhat stabilised she will be able to find out what foods are good for her(different things work for different people) Generally low residue/fibre appears to be pretty popular (son was told minimal fruit/veg, no wholemeal) Foods like soup(with no bits) chicken, white rice, fish are some typical foods that are not too hard on the system or some energy(meal replacement) drinks for a period of time can give the system some relief.
There are a lot of people that appear to have done very well on the SCD diet but although I have read up on it I can not really recall too much about it, in essence I think that in very basic terms you do not consume carbs,sugars,only certain cheeses, home made yogurt etc (very basic terms ;) ) but for some it is simply too restrictive.
Hope your mum gets some relief soon and someone more knowledgeable posts here for you

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   Posted 3/1/2010 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and Welcome. Yes a mild fever is not uncommon and passing blood is also not uncommon, though you want to make sure that it is only minimal. I do hope your mom is on some medication and starting on her way to getting better. Once things get under control the fever, cramping and bleeding should all start to get better.

As far as diet, I keep to a low residue diet at all times. But when I am flaring or not feeling well I pare it down even further and do what I call my white food diet, mashed potato, rice, chicken, fish, eggs, pasta, custard, pudding, toast, you get the idea, anything you would eat when just getting over the flu. But diet is very individual. You can do a search using the search function in the upper right of the screen using the key words safe foods and crohn's and you will find all the most recent threads we have had discussing diet. Some of us have luck with one diet over another, it really is trial and error once things are under control.

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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