Timing of flares and food questions

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I have two sorta related questions...
1)  When do you flare?  I had been doing it all day and now it's only at night (since I did that one remicade).  VERY irritating.  I will go all day with nothing, and then about midnight when I go to bed I have to sit there for at least 45 min waiting for it all to pass.  At some point between about 11pm and 2am I go in there and feel like I'm going to push my whole colon out, no surgery needed.  Then for the rest of the night until about 8am (or whenever I get up and start walking around, that's when it stops) I have to go whenever something even slightly wakes me up.  And with kids, a dog, and a husband who snores...well, that's pretty much about 20 times a night.  It used to be when I got up out of bed to tend the baby, but otherwise I was fine.  Now I just have to wake up a bit and I need to go.  Usually just gas, but none-the-less, still have to go.  Does anyone else do this?  Is this a hormonal thing or something?  I don't get it.
2)  Some of you say things like chocolate is a no-no...pizza...etc.  How do you know?  I can eat just about anything and every once in a while it'll hit me 30 min later or something (spicy tomato stuff usually).  Most of the time though it takes hours, or nothing at all until my above mentioned nightly battle.  If I don't have anything but my nightly battle, how would I know a food is bothering me without doing a total elimination?  I don't know how I did scd for 2 years completely strict.  I really have no willpower now that I'm doing the remicade and am not going to restrict myself since I'm on the "big" drugs now.
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child... meds worked randomly
SCD and vit e enema remission for 18 months and had another drug free baby 10/06
Let flare get out of control and even steroids wouldn't work 7/07 - docs wanted surgery
lialda x4 daily and started remicade 10/26/07

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 11/6/2007 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I think most vary with foods that bother them, I myself don't have any "no no" foods but I am careful with what I eat since knowing certain things like fast-foods, processed foods/beverages, refined/processed sugars can all exacerbate symptoms of IBD and none of the above are healthy...I like to eat healthy because I notice that by doing so I feel soooo much better...so it's seems that the obvious prevails with, "you are what you eat" so I stick by it as a rule for my over all health not just because of having IBD...I only regret that I didn't always eat healthy.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 11/6/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
i've had UC for about 11 years...I barely had any 'no nos' for the first 9 years. its only the last few that i've had to watch what i ate (either my UC is getting worse and/or I was just very lucky those first several years!). Now, i'm pretty much off of coffee, spicy foods, alcohol, anything 'greasy' including pot. chips, dairy etc)....but i do find that everyone is different- so you just have to steer away from those foods that make you poop!
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