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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 8/29/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I have posted several posts in the Chron's disease forum. I have Chrons' and my girlfriend has Ulcerative Colitis.
She is currently on meds,she has 16mg Medrol(Methylprednisolone) ,3g Salofalk(Mesalazine) and 500g suppositories of Salofalk.
During her flares she is having blood when she goes to the bathroom and mucus(if i'm translating it right). She started taking the medicine after
her colonoscopy and she was fine till last Saturday. Everyday she goes and has blood and mucus, she has terrible pain on her legs everytime she finishes and she is afraid of eating anything. She even thought that by not eating she would become better(of course i'm against that). Having this healthy diet, we thought she would be better, but she isnt. Today the blood was not that much but she had terrible pain. The doctor said to wait and see but you know doctors so we are asking for you oppinion.

p.s. sorry for my English.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 8/29/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm in a flare - diarrhea, blood, mucus, cramps, fatigue - I have to really change my diet to what I call "white and light." These are foods that provide nourishment but are easier for the gut to digest, giving it some time to heal. Foods that work for me include: yogurt, eggs (poached), white rice, bananas, applesauce, white bread, baked chicken breast or white fish, etc. I go very easy on vegetables and fruits as they can be hard on the gut. And steer clear of nuts, whole grains, etc., anything that has "edges" or is harder to digest.

I eat this way for as long as it takes for the blood to stop and my stools to get more formed. Then, slowly add in some well-cooked veggies and fruits, and then broaden the proteins I eat to include other fish, turkey breast, etc.

Good luck,
Dx'd with UC, 1998 & IBS, 1999
Asacol, probiotics, vits. and whole foods diet

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
All of her problems sound very typical for a UC flare. As I understand it, we tend to have more bleeding than people with Crohn's. I agree with the diet recommendations - usually during a bad flare, it's best to eat a low residue diet. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, beans, granola all feel like they're "scraping" against the ulcerated colon as they pass through. If fruits and vegetables are eaten, they should be cooked enough that they can be mashed with a fork.

She's fortunate to have your support. And your English is great, no need to apologize!
Judy - Southern US 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 8/29/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I would be careful with dairy if you think she might be sensitive to it. Unless she's eating a homemade yogurt you know has alot of viable probiotic cultures in it and not alot of sugar, it could do more harm than good.
Very soft cooked carrots, greenbeans, English peas and squashes (peeled) are veggies that have been safe, in my experience, and will allow her to still get some nutrients. Canned veggies usually have the hard fiber matrix cooked out of them.
Nut butters and avacado can be good sources of healthy fats and calories if she's losing weight. Fish or flax oil will provide omega-3 to reduce inflammation.
The book Listen to Your Gut by Jini Patel Thompson has different levels of diets, based on symptoms and there is a "stop bleeding" diet you may want to investigate.
I'd also consider supplementing her diet with AbsorbPlus, a tasty nutrition drink developed specifically for IBDers.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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