How long does it take for a colon to heal?

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   Posted 3/4/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Jordan and for the past couple months I have been doing great, but then this saturday I started getting a tiny bit of blood when I wiped.  this kept going on and got worse on Tuesday when i saw a few drops in the toliet, so I decided to stop eating solid foods and only eat things like soup and jello and ice cream (the ice cream isnt so bad).  and i was just wondering if any one knew how long it would take for my colon to heal if i continued this, which is working cause i had a stool today and there was no blood, but a little, tinnie tiny bit when i wiped, but it was barely noticable.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
you're going about it the wrong way. It could simply be a fissure you have.

start eating actual food.....and get on meds if you need them.

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   Posted 3/5/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Might just be hemhorroids. Check out the foods that irritate them like white rice. Eat foods with lots of fiber like fruits and vegetables.
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   Posted 3/5/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I suppose if you stay on a semi-liquid diet forever, it may help.... of course, that isn't really plausible! If you're seeing blood, it means your colon is getting worse, not better. Any relief you get from not eating solid foods will be short-lived. Sorry.... but I gather it takes a long time for a colon to heal....mine's been screwy for 6 years now!

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   Posted 3/5/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I would never have eaten solid food in 20 years if I stopped everytime I saw some blood. This is chronic, it does not heal like a wound heals. Eat.
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; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, trying 15/20 mg. Appt 3/6 to discuss Humira, etc.   

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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes eating lots of fruits and vegetables could be the worst thing. My experience has been to go easy with mild soups, broths, jello, rice. Not ice cream though - the dairy could really irritate the colon.

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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jordan,

How long does it take to heal? It depends on how bad the flare was. My second flare was really bad. My GI said it looked like dog meat. It took my colon three months to go from looking like dog meet to 98% healed. It took another three months for me to be back to normal again.

You should be able to add more foods to your diet as your colon heals. You don't need to wait until it's totally healed before you add more foods.

The few drops of blood could have been from hemorrhoids, especially if you recently had a flare. I always get hemorrhoids from flaring. You should see a GI though just in case. It's easier to stop a flare if you are on the verge of flaring than when you are in the midst of a flare.

Watch the jello. Many jellos contain high fructose corn syrup, which is hard to digest.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission

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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)

Post Edited (subdued) : 3/5/2009 10:32:47 PM (GMT-7)

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