liquid diet for bowel rest?

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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I finally broke down and called my Dr because this flare just isn’t going away.  I’m very slowly getting better, but losing a lot of blood.  So he gave me a rowasa script and says to do a liquid diet for several days for “bowel rest”.  Has anyone else had to do the liquid diet?  The nurse said I can eat yogurt, soups, cream soups, ice cream, sherbert.  Basically anything not solid to help give the colon a rest and heal.  I am not thrilled about this and wonder if it will really help or not.  Anyone have experience with this?

Currently in Remission since June 2008!! Backed off to far from spinach/seed diet and started flaring again :(
High magnesium/ beta carotene diet
37 year old female with left-sided UC
lialda 1 pill  3 2 times/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 1/day

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   

When I was flaring severely, I tried a liquid diet for almost 2 weeks and it did help rest the gut. However, from what I know, it is not recommended to do a liquid diet for more than 3-5 days, because you may not be getting enough calories/nutrition.

I had clear soups, plain yogurt mixed with water, fresh vegetable juice (spinach and carrot). I avoided unfermented dairy, so I definitely avoided anything with cream/ice cream.

Also, a few days after I started this I began doing Vitamin E enemas twice a day and that seemed to help me a lot.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine, 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Mesacol/Asacol enema at least once a week
Spinach & sunflower seed diet

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   Posted 3/16/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it would work for me, because if I skip meals or don't eat enough, my lower gut gurgles and bleeds more. But everyone is different.
I hope the rowasa helps you.
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 3/16/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think that liquid alone is viable for more than a few days. However, an elderly neighbor of mine who developed bleeding colitis in the mid-1940s has told me that she survived for 2 yrs on pureed food + belladonna, which was the standard treatment at that time. She recovered on that regimen! Rowasa tends to liquify the stool-- my experience with it has been that plain boiled white rice most helps with that situation. Good luck to you! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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