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   Posted 8/26/2011 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
      Guess I am getting daring in my old age.  I had diverticulosis when I had a colon but had my surgery because of UC.  Back then I was very good about not eating nuts, which I LOVE.  Today, I ate a bowl of ice cream that had walnuts in it.  I "thought" I chewed very well but tonight I see pretty good sized nuts being spit out by my stoma, who, by the way, is NOT happy about this.  I suppose it doesn't like working overtime. shocked

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   Posted 8/27/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat nuts (peanuts, almonds and cashews) all the time and haven't experienced any problems :-)

I usually get a thickening result from them...maybe it was the ice cream that made him work overtime??
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Crohn’s dx 1989
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Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
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   Posted 8/27/2011 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I also eat all kinds of nuts with no problems. I just don't eat more than 1/4 cup at a time and chew them really well. A few weeks ago I ate a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds and was shocked to see a few of them come out whole in my pouch despite feeling like I chewed them really well. I think due to their small size, a few of them missed getting chewed. All the sunflower seeds and sunflower seed pieces were also coming out of my stoma in sort of a ball, which unnerved me a bit though it caused no issues. I think the problem was that I ate them on an empty stomach with nothing else. I find that if I eat nuts with other foods it is better. They get mixed in with everything else and don't form a solid mass of nuts. Drinking a lot of fluids with them helps also.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

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   Posted 8/27/2011 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
As long as the nuts pass what's the problem? In what way is your stoma not happy about the nuts?


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   Posted 8/27/2011 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat nuts and yes they do tend to come out as they went it. Stoma doesn't seem bothered by them and they haven't caused a problem. Over here in pubs it's a natural thing to have a drink and a bag of salted or roasted peanuts, def a great British institution - pint and peanuts :) ....or there's pork scratchings, bag of crisps with apickled egg in, or if really hungry nice big bowl of crispy golden chips and tomato sauce.

See this is what happens when people ask about food, I get hungry - so off to raid the cupboards for something to eat :)
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, azathioprine, codeine, immodium, simethicone.

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   Posted 8/27/2011 10:42 PM (GMT -6) stoma was a bit sore and seemed to be spitting little bits of nuts out like one would spit out watermelon seeds in a  Much better today. 

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   Posted 8/28/2011 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
i have no problem with nuts. in the past 1-2 mons it seems i can eat anything i want with no problems.
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08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
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   Posted 8/29/2011 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I love almonds, but notice every time I eat even just 1/4 cup that it really thickens my output, gets almost grainy and can cause discomfort as it builds up and stays just on top of my stoma. But a few nuts are generally okay!

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   Posted 8/29/2011 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you wear a two piece? You could eat some more nuts, take the bag off and see how far you can spit the nuts! Let us know how far.........


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   Posted 8/29/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   

No nuts, no seeds, no peels. The words of wisdom from my ileostomy surgeon. Makes sense, think of how tiny that little opening is. As long as they are passing you should be fine, but why chance it another time? What's it worth? Best of luck that this shall all pass successfully. Rosemary

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   Posted 8/29/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried nuts or seeds. As it is, I should only have a few months of ostomy life left, so it doesn't seem worth it to me. If I was a permanent I would definitely try to find a way to make small quantities work. I really miss those 100 calorie packs of cocoa roasted almonds. :-)
UC dx 2/08

Done with the drugs. Step 1 (of 3) J-pouch surgery 3/22/11, Steps 2 & 3 TBD
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