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   Posted 5/26/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone had any issues from eating oatmeal?

I'm watching the foods I eat to see if anything makes things better or worse looking for good breakfast foods

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   Posted 5/26/2010 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Oatmeal sometimes increases volume for me but not much else.

For breakfast I like egg on toast. Eat that all the time when flaring.
Heather, 22/Female/NJ
Ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Currently on lialda 4x/day, azithioprine 150 mg/day, calcium and d, B12. Enemas make things WORSE
Allergies: penicillin, sulfa, bee stings, environmental (especially ragweed!), OTC meds as needed

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   Posted 5/26/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Oatmeal works for me - just make it soft
Chuck - 29 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 08 - pancolitis
Pentasa 4000mg daily, 150mg Azathioprine can't take - had low white blood cell count
Prednisone   Calicium + Vit D
Vitamin B12, probiotics, fish oil, Iron Supp.
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   Posted 5/26/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Pillsbury farina works best for me in flares or right after scopes. Usually I do o.k. with slow-cooked oatmeal, though. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)

Ugh Just Ugh
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   Posted 5/26/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I do well with oatmeal but as Old Hat said, the old fashioned kind. The instant packet ones that have flavors and stuff are too sugary. Lately my go-to breakfast has been yogurt and a banana.
Originally Diagnosed: 7/08 Mild left sided UC
Current Flare started 12/26/09: Severe Inflammation through Entire Colon, some patchiness indicates might be Crohn's.
Current Meds: Prednisone 20mg (Trying to taper again!), Imuran 150mg, Apriso, Lexapro (5mg), Xanax (.25mg) as needed.
Past Meds: Mesalamine Enemas, Canasa Suppositories, Hydrocortisone Enema & Supp.
Supplements: Multivitamin, Fish Oil, C, Iron, D, Calcium, Potassium, Bio-K, Primadophilus Reuteri.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
oatmeal has phytic acid which blocks absorbtion of trace minerals... your best bet is to soak it over night with something like a TBSP full of lemon juice or vinegar. Just place oatmeal water and lemon juice or vinegar in a pot, cover it and let it sit on the counter overnight. When you wake up rinse it a little (if you want you don't have to) and cook it. This helps eliminate some of the phytic acid so you can get as many trace minerals as possible from your meal.

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   Posted 5/26/2010 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Oatmeal puts me right onto a lot of mucus-
I tested as highly reactive to oats in a food sensitivity test-
UC dx in 2008
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   Posted 5/26/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
oatmeal gives me discomfort and gas...I'd never see it as a comfort food regarding digestion. I love it, however....

It won't hurt your disease, try an egg and the oatmeal for a night-time snack if you want it.


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   Posted 5/27/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the help :)

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   Posted 5/27/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It depends on what is in the oatmeal. Oatmeal, itself, doesn't give me any issues.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
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 crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).

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