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Constipation as a solution?


Tue, December 10, 2019 1:37 PM

Ok, I am brand-newly diagnosed and pretty upset, flailing around for solutions. Not happy about the prospect of this new life. Anyway, I am in the middle of a flare (mild - my UC is pretty mild so far) and am busy eating low-fiber to see if that works. Well, I ate three slices of white bread Sunday, and yesterday had one medium, solid BM and nothing more. I happened upon the fact that white bread can cause constipation. Excitement! I ate three slices yesterday, same this morning, very hopeful... or should I be? is this a good solution or no? I haven't read anything about anyone else doing it, so it can't be standard. What do you think? 

FPO dwdanby
Joined Nov 4, 2019

Thu, January 23, 2020 3:09 PM

Reply posted for dwdanby.

This is potentially very dangerous if you get too backed up. Working with specialists and dietitians is definitely a big help, but I recommend, much like another comment bellow, the low residue diet. It sounds restrictive, but after research there is a lot to eat on that diet, it will help ease some of the effects of Crohn's/ Colitis, but finding a proper medication from a doctor or specialist is what helps get you into a definite remission. There is an article somewhere here on the Crohn's and Colitis foundation page that goes a little more in depth about the low residue diet if you are interested. 

FPO KimberlyLynn
Joined Jan 9, 2020

Wed, December 11, 2019 11:09 AM

Reply posted for Yvonne111.

Hi Yvonne,

Thanks so much! It's early days for me yet as far as the white bread, I guess I just want to try anything at this point. I read about unripe bananas too (causing constipation). I'm gonna try that too lol (bummer - I hate unripe bananas). Thanks for the solidarity!   Dinah

FPO dwdanby
Joined Nov 4, 2019

Wed, December 11, 2019 5:16 AM

Reply posted for dwdanby.

Sorry about that Dinah, I read your msg and another one, and posted my reply (to the other one) in the wrong place

in regards to your question ...
i struggle with diarrhoea when in a flare, and going on 3 months now without a solid BM. Over the years I’ve tried everything, including white bread.  Interestingly I find it hard to eat any bread when in a flare (ie immediately off to toilet). I think everyone is perhaps a bit unique with what they can tolerate and what they can’t.
Meds and getting the inflammation under control seems to make the main difference for me. Im kind of envious that white bread could have such an effect for you. If you can tolerate it perhaps wholemeal could be worth a try (more nutrition but no seeds)?
Best wishes x
 

FPO Yvonne111
Joined Nov 25, 2019

Tue, December 10, 2019 8:29 PM

Reply posted for Yvonne111.

Hi Yvonne111,

I'm not sure what you are replying to?

thanks,
Dinah

FPO dwdanby
Joined Nov 4, 2019

Tue, December 10, 2019 7:09 PM

Reply posted for dwdanby.

Prednisolone causes me to get very red/flushed around me face area, so perhaps that is just a temporary thing while you are needing this med.

low fibre diet is while in a flare, so temporary and in my experience necessary (to try reduce diarrhoea).  When I’m in remission I enjoy a high fibre diet.

When im in a flare I have diarrhoea and can’t tolerate much food, so weight loss is more likely than gain.  What makes you think weight gain would be an issue?

If you are concerned about ‘empty calories’ and not getting adequate nutrition you could look into supplementing with drinks like Ensure, Sustagen etc

FPO Yvonne111
Joined Nov 25, 2019

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