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HNW
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   Posted 8/25/2007 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure I can ask my GI this without him thinking I'm a nutcase or if I can even ask it without being embarrassed or with a straight face.....but I'm still I guess you could say flaring, but I'm almost done (I'm not really sure yet where the line is between the two and my stomach is still puffed out so my intestines are still probably inflammed).  However, I ate mandarin oranges the other day, and they basically came out in their little segments.  My question is....Does this mean I shouldn't eat mandarin oranges cuz its hurting my insides because they aren't getting digested?  The same goes for peas and celery...
 
sorry for the gross factor.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: August 7, 2007 at age 24
 
Meds so far: Asacol 3 pills 3 times a day
                 Mesalamine Enemas every night


quincy
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   Posted 8/25/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Gross???  that's why we're here..to share gross.  Tastefully, of course...never apologise.
 
So, the segment you mean was whole?? like the crescent shaped segments?  Or do you mean the outer covering of the segments?

Chew your food well. VERY well. No matter what it is. Peas and celery both have lots of fibre. Different kinds, however.
Chewing is the start of the digestion process. Little pieces take up smaller space than larger ones do.

Oranges contain fibre. The covering of the segments will never be digested..it's part of the insoluble fibre that will help take up space as it's going through the digestive tract and help the stool from becoming compacted. Think vermiculite in potted plants. Insoluble, but absorbs water so that the soil doesn't become as hard as a rock when it dries out.

I don't think you need to worry about what food looks like when it goes through....make sure you're eating enough foods that will produce stool. That will get mixed in and you won't notice it as much.

Try not to get on the what you shouln't eat. If the mandarine oranges bother you by creating discomfort or diarrhea, then maybe eat a half or a few segments throughout the day or buy them in the little cups that don't have added sugar but just fruit juice. The segments are peeled.

I believe the more you are able to eat, the different fibres you ingest....the better your colon will function.

Try to find the balance so that you're feeling OK after you eat foods. If your bms are the same as always, but you just see segments..it's no big deal. With inflammation, the colon will work a bit faster and stool/debris will go faster through than it would if it wasn't inflamed.

My take on it..

Try not to obsess about every little thing that comes out. Carrots in the toilet were just that after chewing...not even phased by the digestive process. I stuck to cooked rather than raw..much better.

Just to add...you could consider to take digestive enzymes geared toward vegetable fibre. That might help how the things look in the toilet.

quincy


*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


HNW
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 8/26/2007 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much. I'm just so new to all this, that I'm questioning every little thing that seems to be not normal.

thanks again!
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: August 7, 2007 at age 24
 
Meds so far: Asacol 3 pills 3 times a day
                 Mesalamine Enemas every night
                 Prednisone for 10 days (ending Sept 2) Starting with 50mg
                 and tapering off by 10 every two days  (pcp prescribed for
                 joint pain)


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 29843
   Posted 8/26/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Been there...and had to experience it the same way, but asked my doctor a lot of questions and took out a lot of books from the........um......library!! no internet.

Think of it this way too..if you didn't investigate your bms before you had UC...you don't have anything to compare the now to.

Sometimes, you just have to close the lid and flush. Don't look back..lol!

q
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 3rd night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals 
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


HNW
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 8/27/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
yes, I've been reading tons of books from the library. I'm reading one that is really helpful right now. Its written by a lady who has the disease, so it has a "learning section" then a "real life" section to each chapter. So it gives you an overview of the technical stuff, then it tells you how she deals with the disease, and what happened to her. Its so helpful and has a lot of chapters that pretain to evvery day life (meds, working, sex life, urgencies when you are out in public). If any of you new UCers want the name of the book and author, just ask me! I HIGHLY reccommend it to you. Its helped me so much because I was questioning what I was feeling/thinking and wondering if others have gone thru the same thing.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis: August 7, 2007 at age 24
 
Meds so far: Asacol 3 pills 3 times a day
                 Mesalamine Enemas every night
                 Prednisone for 10 days (ending Sept 2) Starting with 50mg
                 and tapering off by 10 every two days  (pcp prescribed for
                 joint pain)

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