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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 1/5/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
confused   confused I have a question.
My UC has been under control for several years.
about a month ago I started taking Flax Seed in the mornings mixed with my serial to get more fiber in my diet. I felt that this was a natural way to help my constipation.
I then started getting a lot of bleeding.
Q ~ Is this bleeding a result of the Flax Seed and should I refrain from using it?
I researched it on the web and couldn't find anything on this.
Any suggestions?
Diagnosed with Epilepsy & Ulcerative Colitis.
Current Medications: Diantin 275mg, Pheonobarb 150mg, Asocol 3,000 mg.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I doubt the flax seed would bring this on or cause bleeding, it could very well be coinicidence, afterall flares come and go no matter what we do to try and stay healthy...I say talk to your GI, make sure you don't have proctitis going on (inflammation of the rectom) if there is proctitis then a script of cortifoam is likely necessary, but if it were me I'd still continue with the flax seed.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 1/5/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Flax is supposed to be so good for inflammation, but I would stop it and see if it makes any difference. I have been meaning to try the flax oil for so long. Are you eating a different cereal than you used to? It may be that. I noticed when I eat Total or Raisin Bran it is too rough for me. You never know, it could be both, or nothing. I felt that the Probiotics, Fish Oil pills and aloe juice all made me worse... Sorry you are flaring.
Diagnosed with Left-sided Ulcerative Colitis 1995 at 15
Tried: Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Canasa, Enotcourt, Colazol, Proctocort, Anamantle, etc...
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis with almost rectovaginal fistula in 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Remicade 700mgs every 6 wks (had reaction, will start Humira in 6 weeks) Lomotil, Darvocet, Clorazepate, Proctofoam HC, Tapering Prednisone again :( for joint pain, Glucosamine 500 mgs, Vitamin B

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 1/6/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I use flax meal as an egg replacement for baking, and it has never affected me.
Proctitis - diagnosed April 2007 (symptoms starting in October 2006)

Flares treated with Rowasa enemas

Mild food diet (chicken, rice, collard greens, no sugar, no corn, no beef/pork, etc)

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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30999
   Posted 1/6/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
flax thins the blood and for some it's not a good thing to take. I personally don't "feel good" when I take flax seed or any omega 3 stuff. Hard to explain...and could be coincidence...although it's consistent... but I wouldn't take it in large doses...ever.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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