Did paprika make me sick?

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   Posted 3/7/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
   I have been pretty good lately. 1-2 solid BM's a day. Last night my fiance made some grilled chicken with salad. She makes it all the time. Half hour later I had quite an episode in the bathroom. Cramping, smelly gas, diarrhea, mucus. I felt a little better about 2 hours later. Still feel a bit weird today but had a pretty solid BM this morning. She says "the only thing I put in different was paprika".
   Then it hit me. Last year, way before any issues with Crohn's, I was eating at her sister house. She had made some Cuban style steak which has alot of paprika in it. That night I had gone home early due to flu like symptoms and multiple episodes of diarrhea.
So could it be the paprika? Its the only common demoninator I found. And no one else got sick.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
paprika is a mix of a lot of different things, so if you have an intolerance/allergy to one of them, it might have set things off for you. this is why it is a big big deal to read the ingredient panel and know what you are eating and also what your danger foods are.
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   Posted 3/7/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
In a half hour's time, the paprika would have made it no further than the upper portion of your small bowel, maybe only the duodenum. If your inflammation is in that area, then yes, perhaps it was the paprika. Otherwise, I suspect you should look at what you ate for lunch. The act of beginning to eat caused the digestive process to begin. That diarrhea product was likely already in your colon and the eating caused it to begin and move things downward.
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   Posted 3/7/2010 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Paprika is a problem for me was a tough spice to figure out, same as cinnamon.
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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a tough time with Paprika too, so you are not alone.
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