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   Posted 5/25/2010 4:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone here ever used a nutritionist? I tried to use the "free" one at my school, but they weren't very helpful at all. I was thinking they would go through lots of specifics about like the food science and help me go through meal plan ideas, but the lady on campus just printed off a list of fiber and sent me on my way. I guess that's what you get for "free". I'm thinking about going to see one though, and I wonder if anyone has had experience, and advice for what kind of questions to ask to make sure I don't just get handed some flyers and booted out again. And if everyone's experience is crappy, I'll just find a book to read instead!
23yr old female
Dx w/ Crohns: October 2004
Dx w/ IBS: November 2008
Current medications: Prednisone, 40mg tapering to 0; tramadol, 50mg when needed; hyoscyamine, .125mg when needed; and of course, multivitamins

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   Posted 5/25/2010 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw one recently and I personally did not get much out of it. I kinda thought they seemed more like salesman than someone really out there to help you. JMHO
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 5/25/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it kinda depends on how much you know about health education.
You know like are you getting your basics of nutritional requirements. My dietation is also a friend of mine, so she is always keeping an eye for ways to me to maintain my nutritional requirements.
One thing that evidently has not been covered enough in schools has been some basic health education, like drink 8 glasses of water, if you are a woman of childbearing age (or at risk of osteoporosis like most crohnies) drinking 8 oz of milk three times a day, 2 hours away from milk, some sort of varied non sweetened juice (since we usually have a hard time doing normal fruit).
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   Posted 5/25/2010 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I made an appointment to see a nutritionist at a hospital and got pretty much the same treatment as you, Japey. She was very kind and gave me free samples of BeneFiber, but otherwise all I got out of it was a Crohn's pamphlet on "Nutrition and Crohn's", and a print out with a list of high-fiber and low fiber foods. She basically said eat a lot (I lose lots of weight when flaring) and avoid fiber if it hurts... not terribly useful advice.

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   Posted 5/25/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found mine very beneficial. Initially they helped me while I was on TPN and enteral nutrition; they have helped me find the right sorts of meal-replacement drinks for when I am unwell; they regularly go through my diet and make sure I'm getting enough nutrients.

Now they are referring me for extra tests because they think I have food-related problems on top of my Crohn's. Nobody else would have noticed that: the doctors don't think too much about our diet.

Besides, my doctor prefers me to see one regularly, so I don't really have too much choice in the matter :-).
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