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AJgagirl
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   Posted 7/7/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I am new to this chat room :-) . I stumbled upon this as I was looking for insight to my question. I had a subtotal colectomy in Dec 03 and I had many surgeries since then. However, 2007 was the 1st year I have made it through with zero surgeries!!! My question for yall is this: Has anyone ever tried to Flax Seed (milled) and had horrible cramping and gas pains from it?
 
This past weekend was terrible. I tried the milled flax seed in a smoothie on Thur and Fri... starting Thurs night, I became so sick!! The cramping and gas (that would NOT come out) continued on all weekend until yesterday. I almost went to the emergency room. The only thing I new to do was to increase my intake of my perscription laxative. I know... I had my colon removed and still have to drink a prescription laxative everyday!!!! So, I drank 6 glasses of it... and that did the trick. I am not sure if it was the flax seed... that is the only thing that I added to my diet.
 
Has anyone ever experienced this before? I was 22 yrs old when I had my subtotal colectomy performed... so this is all still new to me. Thanks in advance for your replies.

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/8/2008 4:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry I have no idea since I have an ileostomy and never have to take a laxative but hopefully someone will come along who can help you out with your query soon.

Good luck.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
 
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/8/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi AJ,

Welcome to Healing Well. :-) Congratulations on being surgery-free for over a year! I've never tried milled flax seeds, so I don't know if they can cause gas. I usually put flax seed oil on my salad and have not had any problems from it.

Take care,

Cecilia


Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


praying4healing
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   Posted 7/9/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
AJ,

you should try posting your question on the crohns board, i know people on that board have mentioned that before. you might get better answers. hope u get some soon!
25 y/o female- crohns disease since 14
Ileostomy pending-very worried
Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
Seatons placed
Worst year ever!

"For God has not given us the spirit of fear....."
Where does mine come from?!
 Temp Ileostomy performed 1/29/08
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missvirginiagirl
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   Posted 7/10/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Flax seed can be REALLY rough on the gut. I had a total colectomy for colonic inertia in February and prior to my surgery I had tried ground Flax seed a few times because it is supposed to help constipation and be really good for you. I also had horrible gas, cramping, and bloating along with worsening constipation and had do a bowel cleanout just to get relief. Since my surgery I tried the ground flax again. BIG mistake, after a couple days I had horrible gas, cramping, and bloating. I was also not passing any solid stool, just a clear liquid. I finally had to go to the ER it was so bad and after some abdominal x-rays it was found that the flax seed had actually caused a blockage. It is supposed to be such a good thing to use to prevent constipation, but for me it was quite the opposite. I had to be given a series of enemas and drink multiple jugs of GoLytely just to clear it out. It gets in your gut and almost hardens like concrete, and I drink LOTS of water. I would stay away from the flax seed. If you were taking it for the health benefits, you can get cold-pressed flax oil (it is refrigerated) and it will provide the same benefits. Hope this helps you and you are feeling better!

missvirginiagirl
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   Posted 7/10/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
One more thing, I also still have to take a laxative every day and I had a total colectomy, so you are not alone there. I used to take Miralax but I had to keep increasing the dose till it got to the point it would make me sick, so I recently stopped that. I now do a cleanout every three days with fleets phosphosoda (under my doctors advice) and that helps. I also have been drinking pure unsweetened cranberry juice three times a day for a few days (not Ocean Spray, that is mostly high fructose corn syrup- the pure cranberry juice is usually in the natural food section) and have noticed that helping a lot. If you dilute it with water and add a couple equal it tastes really good. Try that and see if that helps with your constipation. Let me know if I can be of any more help. I have battled digestive problems for years now and have lots of advice :-)
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