spinach in stool,and just finish pred blood already

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   Posted 3/27/2011 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
hi all..ive been eatn a lot of spinach and sometimes the way it gos in is the same as it gos out,is this norm and is spinach really any good for UC? I just take it because of what i read in here, also ive just stop my pred and a little blood has started not all the time tho and my stools are fine and formed,im just wondering is it ok to have a little blood sometimes?or does that mean your bowel is still inflamed? I read in here that some of you guys have a good and bad days,when you have a bad day say with a little blood,again does this mean your bowel is kinda always inflamed but does not always bleed? if so can this be a bad thing or is that the way UC works.THANKS

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   Posted 3/27/2011 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   
If you still see blood that means your still are a little inflamed, but you need to make sure that the blood is not from hemmies. As for the spinach, that always happens to me, comes out similar to how it went it. I would assume that some of it gets digested though.
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   Posted 3/27/2011 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am doing pretty well and I see little bits of greens in my stool sometimes.
Current Meds: Remicade (5mg/kg every 8 weeks), Apriso (4/day), Mesalamine Enema (4g/every other day)
Past Meds: Canasa, Hydrocortisone Enema & Supp., Oral Mesalamines, Imuran, Oral Prednisone 2/10-9/10.
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   Posted 3/27/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Seeing spinach in the stool would be normal, depending on how much, how loose the stool, etc...probably for anyone.

A bit of blood with you tapering pred...normal, but it does mean you still have inflammation.

Are you still on Imuran, Pred, 5ASA oral/rectal?
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   Posted 3/27/2011 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I love Spinach, Baby especially and even the kind in bulk. I don't have a problem eating it but I could see how someone who is in a flare could. You wouldn't be the first.

If you just started including it your diet and noticed a change in your bowels, then I would either cut back on how much you're eating (you stated you had been eating a lot) or stop eating it altogether. If you have been eating spinach for some time and now just noticed it is causing major problems, I would suspect your unwell.

I would go Low-Residue for a bit and see how that shakes out. cut back or completely on the roughage/vegetables until you're feeling better.

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   Posted 3/27/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with archiestyles. My GI suggested no roughage at all. This is one of the few things he did suggest I cut out. I used to eat quite a bit of raw spinach as a salad base and it would just go right through me. I would cut it out until you start feeling better. Or cook it really well. My dietician said if I must eat veggies to cook them until they're really soggy.
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Hospitalized for 9 days and diagnosed with pancolitis April 2010.
have taken buscopan, metronidazole, prednisone, ciproflox,and mesalazine.
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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks all i will cut back on the spinach, q yes ive just seen my GI today and he has uped my dose of imuran to 150mg and he wants me on 200mg, im also on my mezavant xl and asacol foam, my GI and i both agree we need imuran to work for me as im always needing pred, fingers cross.
 i have colitis 5 years now. med asacol, suppositories,
 part gluten free diet, multi vitimins,fish oil,aloe vera,
 seems to be in rectum {pro***is}

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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I always see any leafy green that I eat in my stool. I don't think this is really a problem, unless it comes out painfully. If I'm not mistaken this happens to people with completely "normal" digestion.

I'm no expert and haven't really looked into this, but I think you still absorb the nutrients in the vegetable even if it doesn't get completely broken down in form during digestion.
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