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   Posted 7/7/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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   Posted 7/8/2008 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
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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   Posted 7/8/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   

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,


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

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 7/9/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   

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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   Posted 7/10/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
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!

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   Posted 7/10/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
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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