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Nor_TX
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   Posted 4/21/2009 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Colitis for me causes periods of constipation.  I have been taking Milk of Magnesia on Fridays so I can spend the weekend taking care of business but during the week I am feeling bloated and not really producing much other than some pinkish stuff or pale liquids.  I know my low fiber diet and eating goat cheese are contributing factors, but my diet is pretty limited.  What do y'all take to keep regular without eating alot of fiber? 
 
Any particular product better than another?
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


princesa
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there a reason why you're eating a low fiber diet? Fiber and plenty of water will help with the constipation. Flax is a good source of half soluble and half insoluble fiber. I've also had good luck with Citrucel capsules. But you must drink plenty of water.


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.
 
 


Nor_TX
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on a low fiber, low-residue diet. I have GERD, Gastritis, Colitis and hiatal hernia. I can't handle fruit or vegetables so I eat baby fruit and vegetables with the GIs approval. Other than that I eat chicken, fish, pasta or rice. I have started on sunflower butter too but it gives me heartburn. I do drink water during the day - probably not enough though.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


princesa
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you talked to your doctor about finding a fiber supplement that would work within your dietary limitations? Having SOME healthy fiber is going to be key to solving the constipation problem, I'd think.

Here are some links that you might find helpful:
http://www.renewlife.com/education/natural-solutions-for-constipation-relief.aspx
http://www.jinipatelthompson.com/phpBB3/post4444.html?hilit=constipation#p4444 (scroll down)


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.
 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   

I would recommend a probiotic.  I take Align but there are many here who use other brands, etc.  It has helped keep me "regular" and I have similar conditions that you have - GERD, hiatal hernia and UC.  I can't eat anything raw but do eat well cooked veggies and fruit.

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.
 
 
 


roknroll
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nor_TX,
 
I have the exact same problem as you. I have periods of constipation now that my flare has slowed down and then I will have a horrible day of bm's that irritate the colon to keep it from healing. I take 2 fiber chews (metamucil or citruscel) a day or will have fiber ensures for breakfast. I also eat fiber cereal bars. It seems to help a little. I drink a ton of water, always have, but that doesn't seem to make much of a difference? I still am not regular but, to be honest, I never have been. I've dealt with constipation since I was a child. If you come up with a solution that works for you, please let me know. ;)
Keep battling with positivity! Live your life!!
 
4 asacol 3x's daily
Canasa suppository nightly
 


Serenity Now
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   Posted 4/21/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Metamucil really helped me.

For a while I was eating a couple of prunes a day (they're not as bad as I had expected!), but I don't really need them now and I also suspect they were making things a bit looser than I like. I walk a fine line between constipation and diarrhea. Can't believe how much it makes my whole day to have a nice firm bm in the morning! LOL.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 

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