severe pressure in rectum, hesitant about fasting

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Christine1946
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   Posted 6/18/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
     I recently read somewhere on this forum about fasting and the benefits of doing so.  However, I am on a ton of meds and really think fasting would do more harm than good since most of the meds say take with food.  My diet has consisted of rice cereal with Silk and a T of ground flaxmeal.  Small glass of pure pineapple juice.  Lunch is always an Activia Yogurt.  Dinner baked salmon with mushy carrots.  If I get hungry later, I usually have a jello or plain popsicle.  Today the urgency is really bad.  There is only a scant bit of blood, which is good.  My prednisone was tapered down to 25 mgm yesterday from a week of 35 mgm previous.
     I realize that fasting would take the pressure off the bowel while healing, but how do to so? sad
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


suebear
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   Posted 6/18/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Fasting isn't really the medical regime used for bowel rest. What is often tried to rest the bowel is a diet of predigested nutrients. This would be like drinking Ensure or Boost.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Christine1946
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
     That sure makes sense...thank you Sue.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


fruitgirl
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Princesa has posted about special pre-digested liquid meal shakes that can be ordered on-line. Maybe page her and ask where they can be purchased. I imagine they are a bit better for you than Ensure or Boost...those are both full of sugar!
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Old Hat
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   Posted 6/18/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Fasting is a terrible idea, especially if you're taking BP med in addition to UC meds. You need good nutrition to stay functional! Jello + popsicles = moisture only. Unless you have definite food allergies you should try to eat as balanced a diet as possible to keep up some strength. Beware of spices, MSG, & other additives, read labels, try having more meals with smaller quantities of food at each sitting than at 3 meals daily, but don't starve yourself. The concept of resting the bowel without food intake is only viable if the IBD patient gets nutrition from IV or TPN. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

pb4
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   Posted 6/18/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine, consider a liquid diet for a few days (2-3 tops ikf you've never done it before) rather than a fasting, fasting is pretty extream and probably not a real safe or good idea, as it's been mentioned you need nutrients daily especially when dealing with an IBD (maybe try juicing?)

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