dried foods??? who can/can't tolerate

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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hey everyone!  i've been soo busy lately that i haven't been online much.  i hope everyone is doing well.
woke up the other morning with severe cramps and figured i had a blockage.  after some walking around i had some movement so i went to the gym to get my mind off the pain.  after i got home i continued to have cramps but the output was relatively constant so i didn't go to the hospital.
i had eaten a bunch of dried currants and rice crispies the night before, so i'm thinking one of those was the cause.  do people have problems eating dried foods?  is it something to stay away from, or was this just a fluke??
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Matt -

I have not had this problem; however, I am still careful with my diet. I recall reading that dried fruits can cause problems because the skins are tough to break down. I love dried fruit snacks, but I have not tried them and I doubt I will.

I hope your cramps are gone.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Matt ---- you bet!! I love dried fruits, but have to be very careful eating them. Apricots are more tolerable than say dried cranberries. Dried plums (prunes) are also more tolerable than dates or figs for me. I also find that if I really do want them, not to eat them on an empty stomoach - mixing them with other foods or eating them for dessert works for me. And I always drinks lots of fluids when I eat them. I recently bought a really good cereal that has dried cranberries and thin sliced almonds in it. It is really, really good, but I mix it with another cereal because it has lots of cranberries and nuts in it. (And I drink lots of milk with it). Lots of dried skins is sure to cause a bellyache for me. You did good to keep moving to help hurry things along - sometimes that is really hard to do if it hurts too much.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
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