Do eat actual food....that can't be stressed enough...you need to keep your colon "functioning" rather than reacting. An antispasmodic medication prescribed from your doc helps with spasming colons and helps to slow that process down a bit....I use dicyclomine...awesome stuff!
If you have diarrhea, drinking a lot of water will make it worse...the colon isn't able to absorb it all..so, keep that in mind.
You can add a fibre supplement to help absorb some of the water from the digestive tract...not too much, however, or you can cause other problems.
Most of the vitamin waters, propel or whatever other concoctions people deem "healthy" are full of artificial sweeteners. If it were sugar, at least, the body could use it...but it doesn't use artificial sweeteners and many are irriants to the colon which can exacerbate or cause diarrhea.
You should be on rectal meds...I can't stress that enough.
Do you need to be on iron as per a blood test? If your iron isn't low, then don't take the pills....start eating foods rich in iron such as meat.
What are you eating by the way?
Do eat small meals often throughout the day.....if you can eat eggs, have one in the morning to give you a protein energy to start the day.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 7/20/2008 1:55:55 AM (GMT-6)