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UC-V
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey,
I was just wondering what types of foods you guys have found to be effective and not so good. I noticed a lot of take probiotic bacteria, how come? The only thing my doctor has really told me is to eat lots of rice.

quincy
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
What meds are you on Venny...and is your UC limited or throughout?

What does your diet consist of generally?

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 !!!


UC-V
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I have pancolitis. I am currently taking Salofalk 4 tablets twice a day and Im on 8 tablets of prednisone twice a day trying to get over a really bad flare which doesnt seem to be working. I know the flare was brought about by stress and I moved from Canada to Florida by myself for school and that was hard. I have a really high white blood cell count so im taking cipro. Im just so lost and I feel like im dying. I also have this unknown stomach problem. Its a distinct pain I get around my naval and with this pain I get blood in the urine, it hurts to pee, and my back gets all sore and sorta swollen. The problem with this pain is that is very periodic and the blood doesnt last very long, so its like people think im lying or something. They see blood but i dont know maybe not enough. And no one really wants to put the time into looking to what the problem is. I mean ive had a lot of work done, even an angiogram to determine if it was an anterioveno malformation and nothing. I mean they've tried in canada but i feel hopeless. Ye sorry about that....but about the food and the enemias and such, I want to learn more.

UC-V
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   Posted 9/2/2007 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I eat a lot of rice and pasta and chicken, but I moved to Florida and I have some family, not close and they cook with LOTS AND LOTS of spicey pepper so I kno that did something too. I eat lots of bananas but Im afraid to drink any milk right now during the flare cuz my stomach already feels horrible.

birdiem
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   Posted 9/2/2007 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
it is really hard when people don't believe the seriousness of your health problems. i suggest you find a good GI doctor and have them do a bunch of tests. i am currently doing the same thing. a good GI doc is out there and you deserve to find them.
katie
22
diagnosed with cecal volvulus, 2006; two colon resections in the same year
diagnosed with colitis 2007
malrotated colon
no cecal valve, removed during surgery
on antibiotics while undergoing further testing by doctor
will start VSL #3 when antibiotics are done.


princesa
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   Posted 9/2/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyone will have different takes on food recommendations. I find lean and tender white meat of chicken and turkey, scrambled eggs, soft-cooked carrots, greenbeans and grean peas, canned pears and peaches and very ripe bananas to all be safe foods for a flare. Vegetables should be well-cooked and peels should be removed from both veggies and fruits. Blended veggie soups are ideal. Udo's, olive and flax oils along with nut butters and avacadoes will add healthy fats.

Some foods that seem to cause problems are alcohol, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fried foods, hot and spicy foods, dairy products and anything with MSG or carrageenan. Sugar alcohols can really do a number on sensitive digestions, too.
 
Probiotic supplements can help restore a healthy gut ecology. If you've taken broad spectrum antibiotics, the meds indiscriminately kill both bad and good gut bacteria. However, you may want to proceed cautiously with probiotics if you're in a bad flare with alot of inflammation.


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps
 
 

Post Edited (princesa) : 9/2/2007 7:02:14 PM (GMT-6)


UC-V
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   Posted 9/3/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your help.

quincy
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   Posted 9/3/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Venny, wow, you're definitely having lots to deal with at the same time!
Are you male or female?

Blood in the urine?  yikes...that's not normal at all an should be dealt with soon.  The high white cell count could very well be from a bladder infection..the pains you're having could be from even bladder stones or even kidney stones?  The pain in the back could be kidney related.
Did the doctor take urine samples?
Did he say what he suspected the white cell count is from except just an infection?
Has the doctor done blood tests related to the kidneys?

Can you get your family to cook you something separately...without lots of spices? Spices will definitely stimulate your digestive tract...especially if it's cooked in lots of oils.

Maybe the suggestion of getting another doctor should be considered.

Princesa's suggestion of foods is something I would eat...close to things I ate. Try to eat as well balanced as possible...and take vitamins to make up for what you may not be getting.

The probiotics I see as a "should"...there are different kinds.

What is the stomach problem that isn't being dealt with...have you been tested for h. pylori?

Has your doctor taken stool samples?

It would be good for you to start feeling good soon.

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 !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 9/3/2007 6:29:31 PM (GMT-6)


lgill
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   Posted 9/5/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm female. Diagnosed with pancolitis in May 2002 at age 50. Severe initial symptoms over about three months' time, including pain like I had sat on an icepick, diarrhea, much blood and mucous in stools, bad body aches.

Have been on at least three lengthy courses of prednisone, first one after initial diagnosis. Now taking Colazol.

I decided about nine months ago that it couldn't be good for my colon to eat meat and have it sit in my colon fermenting. So I gave up meat of all kinds except occasionally fish.

Have not had any flares since then and symptoms have been well controlled. (Still have frequent loose stools). Don't know if it's coincidence or not but I do not intend to test my theory.

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