Need Diet Advice for Flare-up

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Kiss520
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   Posted 6/27/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
On Monday night, I went into the hospital for a flare-up of my proctitis.  Since I was diagnosed this past January (and two months before), I've have diarrhea and bleeding pretty consistently with no real relief.  But lately it had gotten especially bad (10-12 bouts a day), hence the trip to the hospital.  For two days I was on a "full liquid" diet (pudding, sherbet, broth, and other boring stuff), and although I still had diarrhea, there was no blood and none of the horrendous cramping that I was experiencing prior to each bout. 
 
I started eating regular food (healthy stuff) on Wednesday night when I was discharged, and now today (Friday), all the cramping and blood and diarrhea is back.  I'm waiting for my new medications to kick in (Rowasa and Cortenema), but until they do, should I go back on the liquid diet at home?  Or has anyone found any regular foods that don't aggravate colitis so badly? 
 
Currently, I'm avoiding all alcohol, caffeine, carbonation, high-fat, refined sugar, high-fiber (whole grains, nuts, raw veggies), and I'm trying to eat small, varied portions throughtout the day.  Its just not getting the job done.  Any thought from some experienced UC-sufferers? 
Ulcerative Proctitis - Diagnosed by colonoscopy January '08
Rowasa (Mesalamine) 60 ML 2X daily
Cortenama (Hydrocortisone) 100 ML 1X daily
Tried Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Disgestive Advantage (Colitis), Fish Oil, Vitamins
 
 


bellski
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   Posted 6/27/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Although everyone is different. It sounds like maybe you should go back to the liquid stuff that was working for you for a while until the medicines have time to do some healing.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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eliztopp
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   Posted 6/27/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i seem to have the same problem right when i get out of the hospital. did they have you on IV steriods? Becuase my doctor said that might be the cause for me to have a little relapse after i go home. Generaly it takes a few days for the oral steriods to kick in and they are not as strong as the iv stuff. For me i find that a low residue diet helps me get a flare undercontrol. i also cut out red meat, look it up online, i found the guidelines there. Its basicly what you are going now just a few other things that maybe you didn't think about like really fatty foods with butter, or egg yolk (i use yolkless noodles now). I hope that helps and things get better for you.
 
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20 year old college student, dx december 2006
meds: Asacol 400mg 4 pills 3x a day; protonix; prednisone (tapper, down from 40mg started 1/1/08) Lialda 2 pills a day; 6-mp 75 mg; iron supplament; one-a-day;
low residue diet


Kiss520
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   Posted 6/27/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually my IV was just saline and glucose to get me re-hydrated. I'm not doing steriods right now, except for the Cortenema. I should have mentioned that I'm also not eating red meat. Haven't for a while now. I will definitely look into the low residue diet.

And I wanted to add a question - has aloe (A.M.P.) worked for for anyone or is that a big hoax?
Ulcerative Proctitis - Diagnosed by colonoscopy January '08
Rowasa (Mesalamine) 60 ML 2X daily
Cortenama (Hydrocortisone) 100 ML 1X daily
Tried Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Disgestive Advantage (Colitis), Fish Oil, Vitamins
 
 


Lisa E.
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   Posted 6/27/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kiss,

I just got out of the hospital and my GI swears by the liquid diet. I know it's torture but it's the only thing that will give your intestines the rest they need in order to heal.

I was taking plain rice and mixing it in with clear chicken broth. It wasn't too bad that way. I also had broiled, plain chicken. Nothing on it. And that also seemed to sit ok with me. I also ate lots of Jello and water ices. Good luck to you.

Lisa E.

Kiss520
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   Posted 6/27/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
The only torture worse than the liquid diet is what I'm already going through, so I'm willing to do whatever it takes. ;-) I'll probably do what you've said and start with liquids, then add in some rice and other soft, plain foods. I wish I liked Jell-O (one bad experience with Jell-O shots in college has ruined the whole product for me), but popsicles and stuff like that will help, too. My mother-in-law is shopping as we speak for pudding, cream of chicken soup, Ensure, apple juice - all the stuff they gave me in the hospital... so I'm hoping that will do it.
Ulcerative Proctitis - Diagnosed by colonoscopy January '08
Rowasa (Mesalamine) 60 ML 2X daily
Cortenama (Hydrocortisone) 100 ML 1X daily
Tried Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Disgestive Advantage (Colitis), Fish Oil, Vitamins
 
 


kim123
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   Posted 6/27/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
You mentioned you were avoiding refined sugar in your first posting. Be careful of the high sugar content, especially in popsicles and apple juice, or really any processed foods. Apple juice always made my little one have major D. Read all labels if you are really trying to limit or avoid added sugar. Also, I am assuming you are staying away from artificial sweeteners. They can be a killer. Take care. Hope you feel better soon.

Kiss520
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   Posted 6/27/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reminder.  I've forgotten about how sugary processed foods and juices can be because they've never been a part of my diet until now. 

Ulcerative Proctitis - Diagnosed by colonoscopy January '08
Rowasa (Mesalamine) 60 ML 2X daily
Cortenama (Hydrocortisone) 100 ML 1X daily
Tried Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Disgestive Advantage (Colitis), Symex DuoTabs, Fish Oil, Vitamins
 
 

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