What not to eat during a flare up & I'm not getting better

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Moonbubbles
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   Posted 11/19/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm in a flare up but I'm not getting better or worse.  I started @ 30mg and have tapered (after 7 days) to 25mg now.  I'm going only 3-4x/day, but have a little blood.  Maybe I'm eating too recklessly :(.  But I just get so hungry, and eat whatever's in the house or fast food when I'm out.  I haven't had dairy since the flare up though. 
 
This all started during my period & at the same time I was under A LOT of stress.  Now I'm stagnant.  I left a msg for my doctor and am awaiting her response on what to do next.
 
What are the worst things to eat during a flare up?  And/or what do you do to aid in the recovery of a flare?

UC since 2002 towards the end of senior year in high school, meds Asacol 4pills 3xday


sweetmelody
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd say fast food is pretty bad lol :P I found it out the hard way. Anything fried and greasy is going to kill your stomach.

I try to stay away from dairy, corn, too many carbs... spicy foods are horrible too. I will not and have vowed this... eat pizza or hotdogs.

It's also about the quantity you eat too. I find that eating smaller portions multiple times a day is better than eating large portions just a few times a day. Easier on the stomach i dunno why. I too am on prednisone. They started me out at 40 mg and now after two weeks im on 30mg and its helped me a ton. It could be that your dosage isn't high enough as well.

When do you take your meds too and with what foods?
Kara, 20
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis March, 07
-Left sided all the way up
-Was on Colazal..it didn't do anything for me. Had horrible flare up...been on lialda and pred since. Seems to be working!
Medications: Colazal 3 pills 3x a day
                  Prednisone - 30mg in the morning w/ food.
                  Lialda - 2 pills in the morning w/ food.


stm177
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Some people feel that diet doesn't really affect their troubles, but I personally feel that changing my diet
helped me a lot. My troubles are mild compared to many other people on this board. It is probable that
with a serious case of colitis that diet wouldn't help at all. So, with that in mind, here's my opinion:

You may want to try baked chicken, rice, and greens for dinner, and oatmeal for breakfast. Like I said though,
changes in diet don't help everyone.

Fast food is definitely a big no-no. Soda pop, candy, sugar and dairy are also bad.
Proctitis - diagnosed April 2007 (symptoms starting in October 2006)

Flares treated with Rowasa enemas

Mild food diet (chicken, rice, collard greens, no sugar, no corn, no beef/pork, etc)


Moonbubbles
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking it mostly in the morning with either cereal (lactose-free milk & cheerios/lucky charms), OR top ramen soup, OR an egg w/toast, mayo, salt/pepper
UC since 2002 towards the end of senior year in high school, meds Asacol 4pills 3xday


stm177
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I avoid wheat, corn, and sugar, so cheerios and lucky charms are out.
Proctitis - diagnosed April 2007 (symptoms starting in October 2006)

Flares treated with Rowasa enemas

Mild food diet (chicken, rice, collard greens, no sugar, no corn, no beef/pork, etc)


Moonbubbles
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i hear everyone talking about bland foods when in a flare. so you just don't put salt on anything? And I've also heard/read it's not good to eat fruit...or is it just certain fruit? I think bananas are okay, but I also have some low acid OJ in my fridge that I was drinking pre-flare...and it is calling my name!
UC since 2002 towards the end of senior year in high school, meds Asacol 4pills 3xday


Moonbubbles
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
hey stm, how about rice krispies?
UC since 2002 towards the end of senior year in high school, meds Asacol 4pills 3xday


sweetmelody
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
that's actually what i eat in the morning... either yogurt with my pred or rice krispies with lactaid...mmm

I agree sugar also upsets my tummy as well as soda

ill put salt on certain things, but i avoid large amounts and anything i can avoid it all together is good too.
Kara, 20
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis March, 07
-Left sided all the way up
-Was on Colazal..it didn't do anything for me. Had horrible flare up...been on lialda and pred since. Seems to be working!
Medications: Colazal 3 pills 3x a day
                  Prednisone - 30mg in the morning w/ food.
                  Lialda - 2 pills in the morning w/ food.


julee70
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Moon,
Salt shouldn't be a problem. In fact, if you're having diarrhea, your body could probably use some salt anyway. When I think of bland foods, I think of things where I can really identify all the ingredients easily. No complicated sauces. Also, bland to me means no pepper, nothing spicy, nothing acidic, nothing fried.

about fruit -- Bananas have potassium, which is also good for people who are having diarrhea. But I've heard they are not as easy to digest as we usually think. They used to give me stomach aches, so maybe it's just trial and error. Some people can tolerate raw fruit just fine. Most people, I think, will tell you that during a flare avoiding raw fruits and vegs is safer. Cooked fruits and veggies are easier to digest.

Usually, I just go with the "do I feel like eating this" test. Sometimes I can just think about something and know it's going to make me feel horrible.

Your second question from your original post asked what do people do to get a flare under control... Whenever I have blood, I've found that rectal meds work to stop the bleeding. Oral meds don't do it for me when I have blood. You can read a lot of recent posts about a bunch of different rectal meds: Rowasa, cortisone enemas, Canasa, and Cortifoam. For me, that's the only way to stop a flare before it gets bad.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

Post Edited (julee70) : 11/19/2007 8:53:32 PM (GMT-7)


stm177
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   Posted 11/19/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I've eaten rice puffs before. Rice krispies have sugar sad

I eat a lot of salt on my chicken and rice, so it should be ok.


I personally have trouble with fruit because it has sugar, but
all this stuff is personal to your own body.

My theory is to try a super-bland diet to get things under control
and then start adding food types back in, one at a time. See
which ones bother you, and which don't.

I take a lot of vitamins too, because I worry about eating a
balanced diet.
Proctitis - diagnosed April 2007 (symptoms starting in October 2006)

Flares treated with Rowasa enemas

Mild food diet (chicken, rice, collard greens, no sugar, no corn, no beef/pork, etc)


love4cats
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   Posted 11/20/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Fast foods/processed foods have got to be the worst. Then milk/sugar items.
 
 
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.
 
 


kazygirl
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   Posted 11/20/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
ive been doing so good lately and the last 4-5 days have gone downhill... there was a toilet full of blood twice this morning and the last few weeks have been no blood. also the prednisone is making me eat like a cow. i eat so much now. still not gaining any weight. but bms are fully formed and unfortunately big. which is why it is excrutiating to come out. i sound like im having a baby when im going to the toilet.

could it be that im eating everything now? i eat anything cuz i have the munchies constantly.
ive been having mcdonalds chicken sandwiches cuz they are yummy. i only eat them with ketchup. this is probably what is ruining me right?
it coincides with my troubles...
i also drink chai lattes. there is no caffeine and its the kind you put the powder in the cup and add water at home. are these bad too?
also, seeing that a lot of you have probs with soda, i will stopping that as well.

oh, and i was wondering... when i use my colifoam, there is blood in the morning when i go. if i forget to use it or if im going to the toilet before bed and just cant bring myself to use it, there is no blood the next morning?
whats the deal with that?
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only. 
50mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast
50mg imuran 1x  8pm stopped it to try and have a baby
2x 500mg mesalazine 2x day + night
colifoam 1x at night
now taking calcium supps for pred side effects
VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide 9mg day didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww
 


UC Fighter
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   Posted 11/20/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I started at 40mg (20mg in the morning, 20mg in the evening) and it wasn't enough. I got under control when I took the 40mg at once in the morning. Perhaps the 30mg isn't enough to get you started towards remission...?
Current Prescriptions:
 
40 mg 30 mg Prednisone per day, 1 x per day
Sulfasalazine, 3x per day
   1500mg @ Breakfast, 1500mg @ Lunch, 1000mg @ Dinner
1 Mesalamine Enema per night


Moonbubbles
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   Posted 11/21/2007 3:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, haven't gone at all today which is a good sign things are getting better. I cut back on the salt and bought white bread. Made my egg sandwich this morning, but w/o the pepper. And later, ate my top ramen (salt, I know...I diluted it). And a PB&J. Then crashed with a Jackinabox burger. Anyway, hopefully I go tomorrow or the next day. I really do appreciate the help.

Btw, have any of you guys tried the Lactaid pill or heard from your Docs that it's okay to do???
UC since 2002 towards the end of senior year in high school, meds Asacol 4pills 3xday

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