Sugarfree Gum or Pred withdrawal???

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WishfulMA
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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!
This might be a dumb question....but I have not had any gum in months and today decided to chew a lot of gum. eclipse sugar free gum. It contains maltitol and sorbitol. I have not ate anything out the ordinary today. Just my usual banana, turkey, hummus, gluten free rice cake, etc. I also went down yesterday to 5mgs of prednisone.
 
Today I have had 5-6 BM's already and my stomach is gassy and I have pain. Do you think it is from the WAD of gum I have been chewing. I literally chewed a full pack ; bad day at the office/almost 2 years smoke free.... or do you think it is the pred?
 
I am also taking 6MP and Asacol.
 
Thanks!
severe ulcerative proctitis - march 05 diagnosed
proctosigmoiditis - january 09 diagnosed
hospitalized - 3/08 for 6 days of IV steriods
hospitalized - 1/09 for 5 days of IV steriods / put on 6MP (50 mgs)
past meds: colozol, sulfasalzine, hydrocortisone enemas, canasa, rowasa and prednisone 
current meds: 6MP (50mgs), Asacol 12 pills,  Primal Defense Ultra Probiotic, fish oil, calcium w/ vitamin d 2x a day, prenatal vitamin & extra vitamin c and b12
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
     Never, never eat anything which has ingredients ending in tol.  My nutritionist told me this but I knew it from past experience.  You'll be ok...just don't eat anymore sugarfree gum.
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 11/01/08...now 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.


Peety
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   Posted 2/20/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorbitol will give anyone stomach cramps! When my mother was a school nurse it drove her crazy, kids eating whole packs of Velamints were coming in all the time with terrible stomach cramps. They finally put a warning on the label and I think it's not even sold anymore. Just like Willy Wonka...
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


kops2da
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   Posted 2/20/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   

I get the same almost immediate responds to those "tol" products!

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Howright
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It's the sugar free gum!!

The first time I ever had a piece of Extra gum back in the 80's was the first time I had doubled over stomach gas pain. I've completely give up sugar free gum/mints but if for some reason I do have anything with sorbitol in it I get the worst gas ever! Try not chewing it tomorrow and see if you feel better.
 
Diagnosed January 07 - but realize I've been living with minor flare-ups for 10+ years. 
 
Asacol 3 pills/3 times a day.
 


WishfulMA
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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys!!! I appreciate your support!!

severe ulcerative proctitis - march 05 diagnosed
proctosigmoiditis - january 09 diagnosed
hospitalized - 3/08 for 6 days of IV steriods
hospitalized - 1/09 for 5 days of IV steriods / put on 6MP
past meds: colozol, sulfasalzine, hydrocortisone enemas, canasa, rowasa and prednisone 
current meds: 6MP (75mgs), Asacol 12 pills,  Rowasa Enema, Primal Defense Ultra Probiotic, fish oil, calcium w/ vitamin d 2x a day, prenatal vitamin & extra vitamin c and b12.
 
 


spluxa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 183
   Posted 2/21/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Which gum can we eat then?
Diagnosed with left-sided UC on Sept 08 Colazal 5x2day, Lialda 2 per day (so unusual to take just 2 pills)
Canasa 1 supp. every nigh Cortifoam 1 at night
Vitamins: Zinc, B complex, Fleexsead Oil capsules, Multi. Digestive Enzymes (helps a lot)
***I'm not sick with UC, it's UC sick with me!***






kops2da
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   Posted 2/21/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I know you meant chewing not eating!  Anyway, I found this info and also a gum called Zapp (google it) supposed to be better.

 

"LONDON (Reuters) - Consuming too much sorbitol, a sweetener widely used in "sugar-free" chewing gum and sweets, can cause serious bowel problems, German doctors said on Friday.

The warning follows the cases of two patients who suffered chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain and severe weight loss after ingesting large amounts of sorbitol.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, the doctors from Berlin said the patients -- a man and a woman -- had consumed some 15 to 20 sticks of chewing gum a day. When they kicked the habit, both regained normal bowel function.

Sorbitol, also known as E420, is poorly absorbed by the small intestine and is known to have laxative properties. But Dr Juergen Bauditz and colleagues of the University of Berlin said many consumers might fail to link it with their gastrointestinal problems.

"Our cases demonstrate that sorbitol consumption can cause not only chronic diarrhea and functional bowel complaints but also considerable unintended weight loss -- about 20 percent of usual body weight," they wrote."


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal in rectum - tried Proctofoam for weeks - no luck.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Tried hydrocortisone for two weeks with no change.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
     Anyone have a problem with Aspartame?  I just drank an entire glass of diet iced tea which contains it.
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 11/01/08...now 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.


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't stomach any of those artifical sweetners, I never could handle them very well.

Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)

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