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psygirl6
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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if there are any foods that I should avoid, both tempoaraly and permanantly. i am still having problems going to the bathroom too much. The heavier the food, the more i go. i also am concerend about the food, because I do not want to go to much that it becomes to a point where I am always in the bathroom and having no life. I also have had a rectal prolapse in the past and I do not want to over work my rectum and end up having another surgery. Trust me, I constantly use cream for my rectum becasue of the uncomfortable pain I have from using the bathroom too much, to a point where I can not even sit.

suebear
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   Posted 8/26/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Food affects everyone differently. I recommend that you keep a food journal and track transit time. You will learn a lot about how various foods are working in your new plumbing. Get yourself a tube of calmoseptine for your butt.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


psygirl6
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   Posted 8/28/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
Thank you for the info. I am still trying out what foods I can have. I noticed that things with fats, and any carbs make me go very much. So I have been avoiding those things now. With canned veggies and fish or skinless chicken, which I eat fish plain without any breading, and chicken just coated with bread crumbs, I do okay, with just 5-6 Bm's for an hour and a half straight. Usually if I eat a small snack, usually jello or a fruit cup, ebacsue that is the only snack I can tolerate, I got 3-4 for an hour. For my usual meal, I go 5-6 times for an hour and a half. If I have just a drink, usually iced tea or coffee, I only go 3 times for an hour. I am diabetic, so I know this may not be much food, but unfortunatley these are the only foods I can tolerate that won't affect my sugars or health. I am a diet controlled diabetic, so I definately do not want to be put back on that Metformin again, and having to take sugar 4 times a day. Boy that was a doozy. well, I am seeing my surgeon on Sept. 2 and I may ask to see a nutrionist. I also was taking Vitamin B complex before my surgery, but I have not taken it yet, because I am not sure if I would be able to digest it, and when I was in the hospital they never gave me any, so I am assuming that is why. Well, Thank you for the reply. and I will keep everyone updated.

peggy113
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   Posted 8/29/2008 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you drinking decaffeinated beverages? Caffeine can increase transit time, it does for me. As does food high in fat, ie butter, cream. Just a thought...
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
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psygirl6
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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I usually drink either decaf or half and half for coffee , but I only drink 8oz. 1 a day for energy. other than that, my iced tea is decaf and sugar free, the crystal light or store brand one. Thank you Peggy for the advice. I will keep that in mind.

peggy113
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   Posted 8/29/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   

You are welcome.

I have to say that even when I drink my decaf w/ half & half in it in the morning, I usually eat something like a banana (not all at once) to slow my output.  But I've learned this from the many years of having one.  Seems like if I get it under control (slow it down) first thing in the morning, it tends to be slower all day.  Does that make any sense? 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/29/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't do crystal light or any of those types of drinks, but when I do drink anything but water(juice/tea/lemonade), I cut it with water to dilute the drink...I find that it helps with slowing the transit time for me.

I haven't read any of your other posts yet, how far out from surgery are you? Are you still on a soft GI diet? I find Potato Buds good for thicken my output (I have an ileo).

psygirl6
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   Posted 8/29/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ohio,
I have only been out of surgery for three weeks. I had my surgery on aug. 7th and left the hospital on the 11th. I started out with no food or liquids a day after surgery, then a liquid diet. When I left the hospital I was on a soft Diet until a couple of weeks ago, and now I am on a regular diet, except there are no alot of things that I used to eat before that do not agree with me. The weird part is before my surgery, I always was constipated, and heavy things made me the constipation so bad, I would have pains in my stomach, chest and my whole body because I was blocked up. Now the more i eat, the more Bm's I have and the longer the loose stools last. I now it's weird. So now I am trying to figure out what works. I am luck though, because all of the junk food makes me have severe diahrea, and even though every food goes right through me in a matter of a couple of minutes, but at least with the more "healthier", less bad ones, I got 5-6 times in an hour and a half, as opposed to having any junk and going 8-10 times an hour for a whole entire day, and end up loosing sleep because I am still going 5-6 times an hour during the night.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/30/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I definately agree with Suebear, you need to keep a journal with what you ate and how long it takes...you're still in that early stage and things will get better!! I know it doesn't help, but we've been through the no sleep and many trips to the bathroom until we figure our "new" bodies...

Ohio43
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   Posted 8/30/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I love spicy food and found that anything I ate that was really really spicy or acidic gave me spastic colon and irritated my rectum.

psygirl6
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   Posted 8/30/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the advice guys. I have been keeping track of my food and what bothers me and what does not. At thins stage everything goes through, but I notice that fatty, sugay, or anything that would help me put or keep weight on bothers me the most. I am seeing my surgeon on Tuesday 9-2, and I may ask him about seeing a dietitian, but I am afraid that what the dietician's food advices about what I should eat or even if I have to take vitamins, that The food and vitamins may make me go more and come out whole and bother me whole. My weight at my suurgery was about 115 and when they did the surgery, the surgeon had to pump my stomach with 10lbs. or air in order to do the lapriscopic surgery. I left the operating table at 125lbs, but as soon as I startedd walking and eating, the more diareah I had and I end up lossing 20 lbs. and now I am 105 lbs.

peggy113
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   Posted 9/1/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Carbs are good and safe to eat, ie pastas - just about anything on them would work; also rice, casseroles with pasta or rice and meat and a few veggies.  Breads are ok, with peanut butter for extra protein and calories.  I've battled keeping weight on for 24 years.  You are right, spicy and high fat equals high output usually.

If you see a dietitian, please share everything you learn.

Good Luck,


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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