if you eat something that bothers you, when do you see the "results"?

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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
i know it is different for everyone and probably even different for every food.
for me if i eat anything fried, it stimulates a BM immediately.
for a while it seemed like all my food from one day would come out the next morning.
but now i'm thinking my morning BMs on a wednesday may be food from a monday...

anyway, just curious... :)

my morning isn't great today and i'm suspecting the potatoes from day before yesterday. i know a lot of you have problems with them. one more bit of info for the food journal!
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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hekela, it depends on what's called your "transit time." That's the time from when you swallow food until when it exits the other end. Usually when you're flaring it's shorter, because your inflamed colon passes it along too quickly. "Normal" is 24-36 hours, but it can be longer or shorter, even for apparently healthy people. I can always measure mine by eating some corn. Oddly enough, it never bothered my colon, but there were times it would reappear the morning after I had it for dinner the evening before.
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   Posted 1/27/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually I've had 3 GI's and a colon and rectom surgeon tell me "normal" transit time is within aproximately 3 days, so it can take 3 days to completely empty what you ate 3 days prior to eating it.

Everyones transit times vary and especially when taking disease like IBD or conditions like IBS into consideration.

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   Posted 1/27/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I did the transit time test too with corn and for me it was 12 hours. But with foods that are not easily digested such as corn, the transit time is faster then let's say fiberous foods or meats. The stomach has to take longer to break it down before it transfers to the small intestine. So yes, the "normal" transit time is 24-72 hours.
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   Posted 1/28/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
If I'm not flaring and I eat say, chicken fettucine and salad at Olive Garden (like last week) and my guts do not agree with it, I get D within the next hour. Other times, if I eat something I can feel fine till the next morning or mid day and then the D starts.
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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I know within 4-8 hours!

February 04: Rushed to hospital with severe blood haemorrhage. Diagnosed with indeterminate UC in 2/3 of my bowel. Treated with heavy doses of Pred; started Salofalk tabs and sups.


April 06: First major flare – more haemorrhaging. Colonoscopy once against confirmed indeterminate UC.


May 06: Started 40 mg Pred. Weaned down to 10mg by July 8, held at 10mg until December 20, tapering 1mg every 2 weeks, 5mg a day as of February 14. All this plus 10 Salofalk tabs daily.


Jan through May 2007: Suffering from severe headaches and vomiting likely caused by prednisone.


Feb 26 07: Started Imuran with continued success.


May 12 07: Final dose of prednisone after 50 weeks!

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