UC Flare-blood/mucos-no D (what to eat)

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/7/2007 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. I have been in a UC flare now (not a complete full blown but, blood and mucos every BM) for 6 months and taking colazal and steroid supp's all of which are probably keeping me in this holding pattern and not progressing the disease further. I am thankful for that but, I want to get rid of it completey. I am currently 5 months pregnant as well. I have the book Breaking the Vicous Cycle and was curious if anyone has relieved minor symptoms by editing their diet? Please let me know because I am afraid to cut too much out for the baby but, want to know what really might have worked for some. Thanks so much. My history with UC is diagnosed in '04, hospitalized for a week and finally flare free after 5 months. This flare right now is my 1st since then. Thanks again and any advice is appreciated!

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   Posted 12/7/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Where is your Uc? Limited to the rectum or higher up? If it's higher up, you might benefit better with the steroid enemas instead of the suppositories. I can't comment on the diet question though - I have read Breaking the Vicous Cycle but it seems to strict for me.
~Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal (9 daily), 6mp (50-100mgs), Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio, Colocort**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa** 
~Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)~
~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc~
~Fibromyalgia - '06~
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   Posted 12/7/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat a modified version of the SCD and it has helped me get my symptoms under control and achieve remission. I have problems with dairy, so I can't eat the SCD yogurt, but I use a non-dairy probiotic supplement instead. Basically, the SCD is similar to a low carb diet. If you eat balanced meals including protein, allowable carbs and healthy fats in each one, it is a very healthy diet.

Other books you might check out that have less restrictive dietary recommendations for IBD are Listen to Your Gut and The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine. Off the pred and doing well.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/7/2007 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I had left sided UC but, my GI at this point without looking says that it seems to be more proctistis-y from what I'm telling him and that is why i'm on the supp's. I am sort of at a loss because I can't get a colonoscopy while pregnant so he just put me on that. i should ask about the foam. did help heal you quicker?

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   Posted 12/7/2007 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have benefited quite a bit from a modified version of the SCD over the years. By benefited I mean that it has reduced my symptoms quite a bit... I learned this quickly by experimenting going on and off the allowed foods in the first year.  And by modified I mean a lower-carb version, as I seem to flare on the higher carb items that are "legal" on the SCD such as honey, fruit, nut flours and nut butters. I also have to be very careful not to over-indulge on the SCD yogurt, which is tough because I love the stuff.

If you want to "test" out the diet, I'd suggest being very strict for a few weeks and if you can manage it, don't even try sampling the higher carb legal items for those first weeks. Granted that might make it seem too deprived, so if you just have to try them, I'd say stick it out without them for at least a week and then only try them out one at a time and only in very controlled quantities. I always got the impression that those who say the SCD made them worse are those who immediately went whole hog for the SCD-legal sweet treats and were thus taking in massive quanitities of sugars.

Like princesa says, the SCD can be a very balanced diet, and it pretty much eliminates all processed food, so it is quite healthy for general nutrition, in my vieww.

Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering on and off ever since
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO
Turmeric/circumin, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD)

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