What causes YOUR flare up's?

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   Posted 3/23/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 20 years old, was first diagnosed with UC when I was 16. I was on Prednasone and Asacol and Asothioprine. By the time I went off to college I was off the Prednasone and Asacol, only taking Asothioprine, and I was in the process of weening myself off that by the next summer.

The reason I was able to stop was by cutting dairy out of my diet. But oddly it wasn't ALL dairy. Just yogurt, milk, ice cream and certain cereals with whey. I was able to eat cheese and cake(with icing).

Just recently I have noticed that now I no longer can have pizza or else I'm in the bathroom 1-2 hours later. The same thing with cakes with icing.

I just find it intersting that it is only certain dairy's that seem to trigger my flare up's.

I was just wondering if anyone else has had to cut out all of their dairy intake.


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   Posted 3/23/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I did have to cut out ALL dairy for a couple of years. Now I can handle small amounts of dairy-except yogurt.

I can not have gluten. Have you played around with cutting out gluten as well?
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   Posted 3/24/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am lactose intolerant in addition to my UC. So, no dairy for me unless I take a Lactaid pill with the meal.

There are different levels of lactose sensitivity/intolerance. Some people don't produce any of the lactase enzyme on their own... some people produce some but not enough. That can explain why people can eat certain dairy foods but not others - it depends on the level of lactase their body produces and the amount of lactose in the food item.

Have you ever had yourself tested for a lactose sensitivity or intolerance?
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, as far as I know, the icing on cake doesn't usually contain milk, it is mostly sugar, depending on the cake I think. That makes me wonder if you may have a gluten sensitivity. Maybe you could try eating cake without the icing and see what happens. Sometimes I can eat pizza every day and be fine, sometimes one piece will make me sick. I have found that at least for me, I can tolerate pizza from certain restaurants better than others, and the thinner the crust and less spicy the sauce, the better I tolerate it. But sometimes I just can't handle pizza no matter which one. My gut is very unpredictable. I eat cheese with no problems, but cannot handle any milk, ice cream, or yogurt. I also cannot seem to tolerate the Lactose free milk so I drink soy milk.
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
If it is an isolated event...say you eat something and then an hour later you have d if could be IBS. I have IBS in addition to UC.
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Usually, if it's an isolated event and you can track it back to a certain food, you're talking about an IBS event. It is not uncommon for IBD sufferers to develop IBS. Where IBD is inflammation - IBS is a motility disorder.
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   Posted 3/24/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I had always had a problem with dairy, but I really love the occasional ice cream, but I would always pay for it later.  I have recently been able to tolerate dairy, particularly ice cream, I am sure that is due to my new treatment, (Haldi health drinks).  If you are truly lactose intolerant, then staying away from it may be your best option.
diagnosed 1998
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   Posted 3/24/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you been tested for gluten sensitivity or celiac disease?

People with IBD often have problems with dairy (lactose or casein) and gluten. If you are an undiagnosed celiac - and there are alot of them out there - or have a gluten sensitivity, there are alot of foods that contain gluten. Check out http://www.celiac.com/ to learn more.

High sugar consumption is also associated with IBD and can make symptoms worse - probably by feeding an overgrowth of bad gut flora.

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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds as though you need to start on some meds...such as rectal.
Try not to make it all about food .... if you're flaring, anything you eat will trigger the colon to start reacting to empty making room for what's to be next.

Food doesn't go through you in an hour...

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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
not taking my meds or changing them. I have never had a flare up from anything else that I know of.

Anything acidic can aggravate my flare up or give me increased bm's but have not had anything cause a flare.

I can eat ice cream to hot wings (well not at the same time, I would get a stomach ache I am sure!).
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   Posted 3/24/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
For those with lactose intolerance issues (I had severe lactose intolerance because of my IBD) taking a good probiotic everyday aids with lactose intolerance (I use primadophilus reuteri, it also aids with high cholesterol and for women, vaginal health)...I no longer have to use lactaid pills or products...although, I don't eat alot of dairy anyway but the probiotics help with IBD symptoms as well so even if you're not lactose intolerant it's a really good idea to take probiotics daily, even while in remission.

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