Diet to help calm down a flare up.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm on the last line of meds before surgery, so trying every option avaliable to me, and one was to go and see an alternative medicine guru dude. Name Jan De Vries (google him).

Anyway, other than giving me a few herbal based things to try he told me to stop eating the following until my gut had settled:

Pork (inc bacon, ham etc)
Citrus Fruit

he seemed confident that I would be feeling better within weeks just from giving up those types of food. I'm going to give it a go and will let you know how I get on. It is suprisingly difficult to avoid all those foods tho!

Anyone have any thoughts?

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   Posted 11/21/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I will be anxious to hear how it works for you. During the worst part of my flare this summer, I gave up dairy and ate a bland diet. Keep us posted.

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Canasa 2x a day
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Bacon is the absolute worse for me in a flare or not and I love the stuff. Dairy Queen ice cream comes in as a close second, another thing I loved. Other than that, nothing really affects me.
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm kinda partial to the Maker's diet. I have a friend with Crohn's and all the meds she was taking wasn't working. She went off all meds a while before starting the diet, and now she's been on the diet since September, and she's doing GREAT! smilewinkgrin
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

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   Posted 11/21/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
That short list of foods to avoid seems pretty random to me. If you're interested in exploring all options before surgery, I highly recommend Jini Patel Thompson's book Listen to Your Gut. It is by far the most comprehensive book out there exploring alternative therapies for IBD. A combination of rebalancing gut flora, healing gut supplements, dietary changes and lifestyle changes is what's worked for me. I don't think you'll find dietary modifications alone that helpful.

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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   Posted 11/21/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   

All of the foods you listed can certainly be aggravating, but I think there are many more.  Although it won't make your symptoms go away completely, a low-residue diet can be very helpful.  It is definitely easier to digest.  Try googling it for a list of low-residue foods.

Good luck!!

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 800 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status:  Near total remission

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   Posted 11/21/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
     I agree with Katie.  While in the hospital and even after being discharged, I had to eat a low-residue diet.  You can get it off the net or go to a good nutritionist.  When your colon calms down you can start introducing new foods.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 11/21/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like the Guru dude spun the wheel of random foods and landed on those. I personally wouldnt waste my time or money, a good nutritionist might be a better prospect. Or you could do some research and but yourself on a really good diet. According to the above you can have sodas, cakes, pies, whatever...
27y old male. Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
Current daily treatment:                             Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol                                       Digestive enzymes
75mg azathioprine                                        folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Prilosec                                              VSL#3 probiotic 
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads,alcohol. Stay natural as possible. A not so strict form of the SCD.  
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08

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