food doesn't cause flares....some may believe it does, but I'm not of that following. With almost 20 years since diagnosis, I've tested that theory to the limit. Yes, food will cause me diarrhea, even constipation....but never a flare, for once it's out, symptoms are gone.
Celiac disease does not affect the colon...it's origin is in the small intestine which is completely intolerant to the gluten found in foods. Gluten is a poison to the small intestine, leading to its destruction with continued intake.
One with Celiac disease can never have gluten...ever...without having a reaction. No meds will improve the state of Celiac disease or allow a person to consume gluten.
It's the reaction to the gluten is what causes the inflammation.
As a result of the inflammation, destruction of the lining continues with the inability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients needed by the body which can lead to deficiencies. The undigested chyme (I believe it's called) continues into the colon which can cause diarrhea..etc.because IT is not set up with the right kind of enzymes to digest that type of material.
Now, there is a new buzz condition called gluten sensitivity....is that meaning actual celiac disease but a mild form? somewhat sensitive to gluten from leaky gut in the colon? allergy (being systemic and not in the small intestine)...etc?
Whatever it may be....it would be separate to UC. Lots can go on with UC....easy to put the blame on food. I suggest keeping inflammation down for as long as possible with meds, and if not wanting or able to go without meds, to treat as early as possible before the obvious symptoms of diarrhea, bleeding, etc.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 5th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate)....1 each @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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) : 12/2/2008 1:22:09 AM (GMT-7)