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enemation
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
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robray
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   Posted 7/10/2009 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't explain the exact mechanism, but you are not alone.

I find that I am ok with meat, cooked veggies and rice, but no dairy, wheat, alcohol, caffiene. Basically you are out of luck eating in pubs and bars. I don't really care for that food anyway, but it limits the ability to socialize.

If you want a theory my guess is that you have some bad bacteria that thrive on the problem foods and when they get overgrown they cause problems. If you stop eating them for a while you can probably cheat once a month and not suffer too much.
UC (Pancolitis) diagnosed in 1992.
   Medications: Dipentum, Salofalk Enemas, prednisone (Stopped 2008), entocort enemas (Stopped 2008), Cortenema (Stopped), Asacol (Stopped 2003)
   Other therapies: Spinach & Sunflower Seeds, gluten free, dairy free (except for aged cheese and SCD yogurt), rice free, HPI (2008), SCD (Stopped, but still make yogurt), Vitamine E enema
Osteoporosis diagnosed in 2008.
   Medications: None yet, but they want me to take fosamax
GERD diagnosed 2008, but had it forever.
   Medicaitons: Parriet (Stopped)


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30610
   Posted 7/10/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Your digestive tract isn't only limited to the colon....or UC for that matter. If there is any inflammation happening, food in general for some people can be bothersome.

Try not to make it all about food, however, learn how to treat your UC effectively with meds, eat a well balanced diet and consume the treats in moderation.

You're complaining about your stomach...that's a different issue, and some foods are highly difficult to digest for some people. You might have something else going on...,if its reflux or possibly spasming throughout your entire digestive tract once the digestion process starts.

Welcome to the forum noolando, where is your UC..limited or thorughout?

What medications are you on at this time?

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Malkavian
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Alcohol and caff (like in cola) irritate the hell out of the colon. Hell, even when I'm not flaring, a cup of coffee will send me running to poo as it acts like a stimulant laxative.

Also, a large portion of people are fructose intolerant and don't know it. Stay away from things with hfcs if you can.

If you want to drink, I find white wine is not very irritating, and I know other people drink cider.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements


saposs
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Total Posts : 339
   Posted 7/11/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Regarding soda... there is a yoga guru who claims that if you pour soda drink in your toilets- it can clean it & make it shine so imagine what that soda can do to your delicate colon. Well i didn't stop drinking after hearing that but yes did decrease soda a lot.
UC forum : Dx Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly - worked for 2 months then re-flare
13 may: canasa 1000 X2 daily for 2 weeks; 30May: LialdaX2 started on 30th may.
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09- stopped both on 10th May
Thyroid Forum: Dx in Dec'08, levothyroxine from 50mcg to 75 mcg in June'09 :-(


enemation
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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't mean stomach, it was just colloquial for colon. I have had UC for 15 years already, was diagnosed at around 10 or so. Had about 5 year where i thought it went away permanently... Boy was I stupid. Anyhow I have it under control with periodic doses of steroids and daily colozal. When I was a little kid i refused to believe that food made any difference but over the years it really does seem somewhat food related. I just find it very hard if not impossible to avoid certain foods, and my UC suffers. I just find it disturbing that doctors and the research really says food types don't make a difference.

Zippy123
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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
nooladno said...
I didn't mean stomach, it was just colloquial for colon. I have had UC for 15 years already, was diagnosed at around 10 or so. Had about 5 year where i thought it went away permanently... Boy was I stupid. Anyhow I have it under control with periodic doses of steroids and daily colozal. When I was a little kid i refused to believe that food made any difference but over the years it really does seem somewhat food related. I just find it very hard if not impossible to avoid certain foods, and my UC suffers. I just find it disturbing that doctors and the research really says food types don't make a difference.


Yeah food absolutely makes a difference, doctors probably say it doesn't that way you keep making yourself sicker and end up needing to have surgery which adds up to mucho $$ for them.

quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 7/12/2009 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
In what way is food supposed to worsen your symptoms? people who don't have UC have food symtoms...we would have them as well since food itself can have action in the digestive tract such as causing loose stools, diarrhea, gas, discomfort, difficulty digesting because of high fat, etc.

Food in no way has affected my UC...I've had it for 20 years....but I'd say I have a fairly balanced diet, but I like to have sweets, and I do.

If I drink sodas, I'd have more gas for sure...coffee can definitely encourage my morning bm, but doesn't affect it during any other time of the day.

Rather than complaining about what the docs say, why not figure out the exact symptoms you're having and realising it's probably not related to UC, but the fact that an inflamed colon may be rushing stool out of the area as quickly as possible.

You should also consider rectal meds...they're awesome. They might allow you to forgo pred in the future.

quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


blueclassring
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 385
   Posted 7/12/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say that it's the complex carbohydrates that your body is having difficulty processing(ie high fructose corn syrup, complex carbohydrates, sucrose) basically wheat products and starches.
Pharmacist as of 6/12/2009.
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.

MED-FREE!!!

Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.


blueclassring
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 385
   Posted 7/12/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
If i would drink, it would be very dry sherry.
Pharmacist as of 6/12/2009.
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.

MED-FREE!!!

Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.


Hobo
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 187
   Posted 7/14/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
A Gluten free diet has done wonders for me.
All of the foods you listed have Gluten in them.

wishingitaway
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   Posted 7/16/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to cut out all soda. Was hard to do, but now I don't even miss it. Alcohol will sometimes get to me too, now I rarely drink it at all. I try to stay away from anything that I know will make my UC act up. Sometimes I think I'm too paranoid about it, but I'd rather be safe than sorry these days!

Mercury28
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 170
   Posted 7/17/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't drink fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, i can't eat fruit or veg. I have a basic diet of meat and potatoes. I am seriously thinking about trying the specific carbohydrate diet.

psychocolon
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Total Posts : 118
   Posted 7/17/2009 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had to cut out all carbonated beverages. Drink them and I am so filled with gas I feel like I want to explode and it happens in a very short time.

RH_Texas_Gal
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 367
   Posted 7/17/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
my doctor actually told me that food can make a difference! Weird huh?

I too cannot have too much caffeine and definitely not coffee, sodas, any fizzing drinks ... however, while I can eat gluten products with no pain, I get bloated big time! Friends who know I have UC always eye me at Mexican restaurants when I eat the spicy salsa, jalapenos, etc. For some reason, they have no effect on me when you would think they would!

I think people with UC are just more predisposed to be less tolerant of certain foods - period ... no matter what the doctors may say.

hana24
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 354
   Posted 7/17/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I think for me at least, food can cause slight discomfort when I am not flaring - like coke will make me burp - or having a cup of coffee will make me go to the bathroom(in a normal way not D) but when I am flaring my colon has ulcers and so any food will irritate it some but things that irritate me a little normally will irritate my system a lot when I am flaring. So coke will make me really gassy and coffee will make me have D several times.
Jessica 27/F
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Apriso/4 pills
Citalopram 20 MG
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LuckyLindy
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 226
   Posted 7/17/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
The biggest problem with UC is that nobody really knows the cause, or if it's actually due to a couple different reasons. I suspect that the latter is the case ... that UC is similar to stomach ulcers in that it can be caused by bacteria/pathogens, diet, your immune system, or food additives / environmental toxins. This would explain why different treatment approaches work better for some than others. For me, a basically carb-free diet was the only thing that worked. Even 60mg of Prednisone did almost nothing beneficial (but plenty harmful). This has worked for many other people as well, but few are willing to go on that restrictive of a diet (SCD is similar, but allows abundant fruit/nuts, which I can't tolerate).
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