sunflower/spinach did not work

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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have not posted in a while but wanted to let you know the sunflower seed and spinach diet did not work for me after trying it 6 weeks. I am happy to hear it works for many--but not me. I have been prescribed Rowesa enemas and they have cut down on the # of bm's but the urgency is there every morning especially. Also on Lialda instead of Pentasa. Will post another with a question regarding lialda,
38 years old  high school teacher
Pentasa 3000 mg daily
dicicloymine 10 mg 3x daily
have avascular neucrosis of right hip last 15 years
had to stop ibuprofen, now hip kills me, looking into replacment
tylenol arithtis 2400 daily
Surgery is always on mind.
I have gambled and lost on too many "gassy" days!!

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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat both spinach and sunflower seeds, not daily on a regular basis or anything, but they are part of my diet more so than not and it's not a "miracle cure or anything for me either, they are both healthy though and I like them, that's why I eat far as using it to get into remission, it's like anything eles, what works for some doesn't work for all. I hope you find success with your meds though.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 2/19/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been trying the seed and spinach diet as well and havent had much success, however the seeds ahve grown on me as well as rice mixed with spinach so i'll most likely continue to eat them.
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Daily Green Tea, de-shelled sunflower seeds & spinach and 1 Multi Vitamin a day
Metamucil - 1/2 tablespoon daily

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Shadam, it usually takes longer than two and a half weeks to see good results. For some I have seen it take a month, and for others I have seen it take three months. It probably depends on how deficient each individual is of the nutrients the diet provides that determines how long it will take.

Post Edited (Cfromutah) : 2/19/2009 6:15:11 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/19/2009 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
It seemed like the spinach/sunflower diet was working for me, and then after about 6 weeks, I stopped making progress, and started back into my normal crappy UC symptoms. pb4 had it right, what works for one doesn't work for all. The way I see things, it didn't harm me to try it, and I've incorporated both foods into my diet, so I'm at least eating a little healthier than I was.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ UC in May '06, had symptoms since '99
Meds & supplements: VSL#3, Lialda, Allegra, multi-vitamin, buproprion, fluoxetine, omeprazole, and vit B-12.
Still doing the spinach/sunflower seed diet, but it isn't helping as much anymore :(

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   Posted 2/20/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
It has really worked for me. Has been allowing me to start getting off some of the meds. I still have bad days of course, but normally they come after I have just dropped a dose of pred. I level back out again after a few days. Other times that I have had trouble with this diet was when I did something wrong. One time, I bought some sunflower seeds that didn't agree with me. Had a really bad few days there till I determined it was the new seeds. Went back to the ones I had been using and instantly symptoms cleared back up. I now eat either a can of spinach every other day or half a can a day, depending on my mood.
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol

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   Posted 2/20/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't try to eat any seeds, but I really feel like spinach is helping me, definetely it is not making my condition worse, so it is another food I can eat during flare ups and that is great.
UC (Proctosigmoiditis) april 2008
Asacol 3x3
Asacol enema @night
colon dophilus probiotics
garlic pills
fish oil
flare up

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   Posted 2/21/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I love spinach, and it does help calm the inflammation for me. I notice the effects right away.

I think six weeks is enough time to know whether or not something works for you.

In general, I still think it is good to avoid pro-inflammatory foods and eat anti-inflammatory foods (at least the ones that you don't have issues with) during flares.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)

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