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Scorpion24
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/15/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Well stress, for me, is not that huge a deal when it comes to my UC - neither are genetics (nobody in my family has ever had any issues related to UC)... I'm on my way to figure out what else can be the cause, my main focus is on diet at the moment... as if you guys didn't get enough of my never ending obsession with it lol

I literally stopped bleeding, had no cramps, and did not even feel a slight need to go to the washroom more than once everyday for about 3 days when I fully quit gluen/lactose intake. Two days ago I figured that I should try and see if they would hurt me... so I had cereal in the morning, then cheese snacks, along with pizza and some more milk, little did I know I was pushing it. Last night and most of today were spent in the washroom for me! eventhough it may seem like bad news overall - it does indicate an intense reaction to these two food elements!

Is it possible to have UC that is fully based on diet? it's an umbrella disease - that's for sure - so the chances of that are still high eh?
I know two people from different ends of the issue, one is a man that only had to avoid dairy to literally beat the disease and the other is a woman that is on so many meds and has made a billion diet changes; none of which have even helped! this leaves me in awe since it emphasizes how unusual this condition is...

eyes
Born with Ricketts (Feb, 1990) --beat it--
Diagnosed with Proctosigmoiditis (March, 09) --beating the 'crap' out of it--

Current status: flare-up


quincy
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Total Posts : 30611
   Posted 4/15/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
diet isn't what's caused your disease....

You have UC, and by the sounds of it, it's not controlled.

Limiting food intake for a few days and then consuming foods that can cause symptoms if you're lactose intolerant will cause THOSE symptoms.....
Two issues, why push it?   It'll definitely play with your mind...almost like a gambler, winning one day, losing the next.   Been there done that for almost 3 years before diagnosis.  I was relieved to have a doctor who was able to put me on meds....and yes, it took a while for them to work their charm...with flares up and down for 2 years anyway.

What meds are you on.....? you should list them in your signature so we don't keep asking you.

Food will cause me "food" symptoms if I consume too much fat, too much lactose, too much fibre from fruit/veggies, too much coffee....but that doesn't change the status of my UC. If I'm flaring, my symptoms will be more bothersome, and I'll definitely adjust my diet somewhat.
Meaning, less coffee, less salad, less fruit.....

You should consider to add probiotics and a fibre supplement to your diet.


quincy


*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

Post Edited (quincy) : 4/15/2009 1:18:34 PM (GMT-6)


Scorpion24
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 4/15/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the probiotic point, I will most certainly add that to my diet...

I'm on Asacol and salofalk enemas at the moment
Born with Ricketts (Feb, 1990) --beat it--
Diagnosed with Proctosigmoiditis (March, 09) --beating the 'crap' out of it--

Current status: flare-up


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30611
   Posted 4/15/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You were diagnosed last month....allow yourself a break and really....eat with common sense.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


princesa
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 4/15/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Gluten and dairy both commonly cause problems for people with IBD as both can be difficult for a compromised system to digest and assimilate. The only way you'll know if they're problems for you personally is to eliminate them for a week or two, then cautiously add one at a time back in and see how your body responds. Some folks find they tolerate gluten and dairy better when the gut has healed and digestion is improved.

It's my personal opinion that food does play a role in UC for some of us. A diet high in sugar is a known risk factor for IBD. Eating poorly can cause an overgrowth of bad gut organisms - particularly when combined with broad spectrum antibiotic use. When the gut ecology's out of balance and diet is poor, the gut doesn't get what it needs to naturally regenerate and opportunistic organisms can move in, leaky gut develops... it becomes a vicious cycle.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 4/15/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
princesa's personal opinion is actually quite valid and not to mention, researchers have not ruled out diet/food as a possible trigger for IBD, not necessarily the cause but it is known that diet can certainly contribute to exacerbating disease symptoms (even IBSers tend to have more issues when eating/drinking particular things like greasy, spicey and caffeine.

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


Dr-A
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2105
   Posted 4/15/2009 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I would do a separate gluten and lactose elimination diet for a couple weeks. See which one gives you a noticeable change, maybe even both will. Eliminate for week then indulge whatever you were avoiding and look for a response. If you already know you have a problem with one of those then skip it, lol. I hope soon I can turn the light on and find the switch for my UC and flip that thing off. I don't need to be on the UC meds for the next 70 years.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 1 day
Immuran
Golimumab study (100mg every 4 weeks)
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD3+Ca/SuperDHA

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