Red Pepper sause = flare.

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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a little flare a few weeks ago, but got it back into control within a couple of weeks. I was doing great until today. I'm not sure if it's because of residual inflammation from my last flare or what, but I had hot pepper sauce on my scrambled eggs yesterday and today there is quite a bit of blood on my stool. My anus is burning also.

It's hard to believe a food could cause a reaction that quickly, but last time I had hot pepper sauce (less of it) the same thing happened to a lesser degree. So far, that seems to be the only food that causes a flare for me.

I'm upset, because I love hot sauce. I didn't think it was a problem, because I've had hot wings before and don't remember them causing a problem. It could just be that I was flaring anyway when I had the wings and didn't notice.

Things could be worse. :)
50 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime every 3rd night
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 8/12/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to hear that. I am surprised that there are people who can eat red pepper sauce or even hot food. I have never been able to do that, even pre-colitis. Hot food makes me feel someone is dissecting my stomach with a million knives the moment that hot food lands in my stomach. Needless to say that I am not a fan of hot food and have a deep admiration for people who can eat as little as jalopenos on something.
Food that give me problems even when I am not flaring are bell peppers and popcorn. I have the habit now to strip off the skin of cooked bell peppers and pick up the curled up tomato skin of tomatoes to avoid problems. And I don't eat popcorn at all anymore, as hard as it is to resist.
Hope you're feeling better soon and shame on the favorite foods that gives us problems.
Scarlett, 38 yo., TX
Pancolitis since 3/1997
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 8/12/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not surprised to hear that. There is no way my colon would accept hot sauce; it also hates black pepper, and white, too. (These days white pepper is sneaked into mashed potato pretty often.) Be aware that UC tends to thin the colon mucosa over time = less protection for the underlying tissue! / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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   Posted 8/13/2009 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
You only had one bm?

*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd 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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