Ate a salad and EXACTLY 24 hours later = pain

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   Posted 3/8/2018 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Amazing how I had HALF of a SMALL salad (romaine lettuce) and exactly 24 hours later (almost to the minute) pain comes on.

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   Posted 3/8/2018 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Billo, I have not been able to salad since my resection surgery in 02. No cabbage either for that matter. Instant diarrhea & pain. I miss my home made chef salads believe me.
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   Posted 3/11/2018 12:58 AM (GMT -6)   
For me personally, I can eat moderate amounts of romaine, iceberg, and spinach, but anything else like field greens etc leave the same way you describe. Never understood these wonky food intolerances. Spring mix lettuce takes me right out. I have to avoid that stuff like the plague.

However I am in remission. Prior to remission all leafy greens were extremely 'iffy' so I stayed away.

At the same time I've often wondered if it's more of some sort of minor bacterial contamination thing that causes the pain (mild food poisoning or something) versus the lettuce itself. But the spring mix lettuce issue happened on multiple occasions until I clued into what might be causing the issue. Removing it and only consuming the three I mention above seems to be fine with my crazy system.
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   Posted 3/11/2018 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Never really understood the hype about fiber as "beneficial" (my mom called it "roughage" when I was young). To an inflamed bowel, it is like sandpaper to the intestinal epithelium. Only Metamucil as a "gelatinous" fiber seems safe to me.

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   Posted 3/11/2018 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I can eat thoroughly cooked romaine lettuce without any problem. I actually eat those every week. But if I eat salad, I will have a blockage, i.e. bowel obstruction.
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   Posted 3/12/2018 4:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Paul - Interesting observation. Fiber is not a single entity as some may think. There are many different types of fiber with completely different characteristics. The classification system keeps changing about every 10 years. Heat (i.e., cooking) can change the chemical structure of some types of fiber. It is very likely that this is happening when you cook the romaine lettuce, converting it to a more gelatinous form. One of the harshest fibers is wheat bran. This stuff is like passing cactus through the colon.
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