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   Posted 5/6/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I just started drinking vitamin water--trying to keep hydrated is quite a challenge as my output is lots and watery. I still have my under the sternum cramping (over two weeks). My dad seems to think the minerals/vitamins in this drink could be bothering me. I thought it was a pretty low key drink. Thoughts? (I drink about a half bottle to bottle a day--and I drink a lot of my own brewed iced herbal tea.)
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
i dont think the water would be making you have cramps. Unless you are like really really dehydrated and you drink too much too fast.
Or like if you are really hot and you come in and drink alot of very cold water very fast.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Vitamin water is really just sugar water. There are no benefits to drinking it. You should really be drinking an electrolyte beverage. The best one is vitalyte which is available on line at or at REI stores. Pedialyte would also be a good option and you can pick that up at any drugstore. Have you also tried increasing salt? Broths and salty snacks are a good way to get more salt. Taking in more salt will help you to retain fluids.

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

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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
 I like Crystal Light -Hydration On the Go. - It isn't that expensive.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
hey out there im hooked on gatorade. seems to work really well. try it out pretty sure youll have good luck w/ it. of course dont stop drinking a boatload of h20.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   


I see a nutritionist and she has me drinking a container a coconut water each day for electrolytes as well as just plain water; it's the best source of natural electrolytes.  I've had 20+ bms a day and never was dehydrated; I hope this helps.


spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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   Posted 5/6/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
sugar drinks CAUSE the high output...if you have to drink sugary drinks, cut them with water to lesson the effects. Are you taking any bulking agents?

The tea shouldn't be a high output culprit as long as you don't sugar it and it is decaffeinated (but also remember everyone is different and our new bodies are trial and error).

BUT if you are looking for the electrolytes, you should try the coconut water or vitalyte.

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   Posted 5/6/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Smart Water is good, too. It's water with electrolytes added in.
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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   Posted 5/6/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
at school they sell flavored water and i used to drink it like crazy but never associated it with anything..but then i realized everytime i drank it i had realllly bad D! constantly going while i was drinking it so i stopped drinking that and started drinking makes me even thirstier which is wierd bc its supposedly the "thirst quencher" lol but its made me feel a little better (only been drinking it a few days) it hurts my belly a little and makes me poo so try different things bc everyone is different :-)
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Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008
Step 2 April 29th!!
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