French fries during a flare

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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Was wondering if anyone has had problems with restaurant french fries making their flare worse? I have been having quite a time with a flare. Increased my 5ASA drugs and using Rowasa enemas nightly. Well, I thought I would try the Fodmap diet and went out to eat. I had a plain hamburger but also had plain french fries. After I realized on the diet the potato is to be baked or boiled. Anyways, my flare is much worse the day after. Wondered if any of you think french fries could make that big of a difference? Thanks, for your in put. I am getting really frustrated.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
All fried foods bother me, but french fries seem less irritating then, say, fried chicken.

So yes.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Mild ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Calcium/D supplements

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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
White potatoes are known to be pro-inflammatory. So is fried food.

Pro-inflammatory foods:

junk foods
fried foods
spicy foods (hence very mild curries as opposed to spicy curries)
high-fat meats
processed meats
Nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, bell peppers, chili, paprika, eggplant)

Soybeans, tofu, and soy milk
Whole grain products (if no wheat intolerant)
Nuts (if you can handle nuts)
Green leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach)
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Fried foods are death for me when I'm flaring. Even when I'm not, I really have to be moderate with them or I'll have problems.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
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   Posted 7/12/2009 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Fried foods and flared for me are a HUGE RED FLAG. It makes things worse than it should be.
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira since of May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Put on Imuran from May 2007 to Jan, 15 2009
Put on Canasa June 25, 2009, off Canasa on June 30th 2009.
*Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade, odd reactions to Canasa went backwards a bit.
*Started minor flare in mid June 2009 but VERY minor. :(

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   Posted 7/12/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, fried foods can aggravate a flare. Try having baked, boiled, or mashed potato in the meantime. With restaurant fries you can't be sure what oil they were cooked in, plus heavy salt & pepper can further irritate the colon. You might look in the supermarket for frozen Alexa Yukon Gold julienne French fries-- which you bake in the oven. I find them pretty yummy as an occasional mealtime treat, and they seem to agree with my gut. They're not loaded with salt or spices or preservatives. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 7/13/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
they wouldn't make your flare any worse...they might stay in your stomach a bit longer, however.

*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 !!!

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