First time link between food intolerance and illness....

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   Posted 10/5/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 10/5/2007 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for posting those articles pb4. Very interesting. Coffee is about the only food in that list that I'd say upsets my tummy but I'll have to start analysing my diet a bit more closely.
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   Posted 10/5/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I am a huge nut, orange, cheese/yogurt, eater and none of those seem to bother me at all.  I find the food that sticks out in my mind is bacon and sausages.  Don't think food causes my UC, however, I do think it is important to eat a very healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle with lots of sleep to keep the immune system in top shape.
Dx:  2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
How much does a food sensitivity test cost, who gives them and does insurance pay for it? Also, do you give a blood sample and they test it for a whole buch of intolerances or do I have to tell them what to test for? Questions to ask my GI I presume. Good read.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's some info on the ELISA test. Cost depends on how many substances you are tested for. When I did it, my insurance did not cover it.

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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, it has always been chocolate and some nuts. Pre UC (which was before my 16th birthday) my favorite treat was chocolate covered almonds.
When I was first diagnosed they had me eliminate everything ( I swear all that was left was baby food and day old bread). Eventually, by my thirties, I found new doctors who insisted I needed to reintroduce everything into my diet. And I did and found out, happily, I could eat almost everything and it made no difference in my flares.

However, almonds always seemed to bring on the most severe flares and chocolate covered almonds pretty much did me in to going back to my worst flares. Sigh.

I still have problems with fried fatty foods but more with the upper GI as I lost my gall bladder at age 27 due to the UC complications.

I do well with fresh fruit and vegetables. Even some spicy foods on occasion. But chocolate and most nuts (except for walnuts) do me in still.
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   Posted 10/5/2007 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
jjc2007-- I know someone in remission from fistulizing Crohn's disease for over 25 yrs, who claims she got over it by eliminating chocolate from her diet (+ regularly swimming laps to relieve stress). Chocolate can likely be a flare "trigger" for some IBD patients, or increase bowel motility in others. I seem to do better controlling UC when I limit MY chocolate intake to 1 treat daily-- max, probably because I love the taste of the dark stuff especially & can easily overindulge. Nutmeats can be irritating to my GI tract, too, but I do fine with smooth natural nut butters. We have to practice self-restraint, alas. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 5 Colazal daily for July flare in descending colon; should be back in remission again soon)

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   Posted 10/5/2007 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for this posting...for me it is all forms of cow dairy.  But I tolerate goat and sheep dairy just fine (thank god I can still make pizza!).

A good read...and many thanks


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