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I am a 51 yr old male and recently been diagnosed with mild crohns. I have never really had any complications, and was diagnosed after doing a routine colonoscopy. I have been on 2 x Mezavant/daily for 35 days now. Everything has been fine up to last week. Went on holidays and became nauseous in the am immediately after breakfast. (oatmeal with flax seed and chia seeds) which I have been eating regularly for a year. It is now 7 days and still fighting nausea and cramping right after breakfast ( changed to gluten free toast with almond butter and honey). The cramps and nausea last for about an hour. I can then function for the rest of the day and eat with no issues. Now after 7 days I have had some diarrhea. Just wondering if this can be crohns related or gastro viral, or from the meds. Would love to hear if anyone has had similar symptoms.

Peter

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by: Lydia D.

I would lose the seeds for now. Instant and finely ground oats are fine, but seeds are very irritating to an ulcerated intestine. I always ask people to imagine that they have an ulcerated arm and then for them to choose what foods they would rub into it, if they had to.

Avoid high fibre for the time being and do some research on dietary advice for Crohn's patients. Google low-fibre diet, the anti-inflammatory diet and the Mediterranean diet. The BRAT (banana, rice, apple mousse, tea/toast) diet can be used as a dietary basis when your diarrhoea is bad. Work out what works for you - it is a very individual thing, but there are some common ground rules. If you are losing weight rapidly, then sip Ensure or Boost or the equivalent.

This paper (page 86 onwards) has some excellent dietary advice for those with diarrhoea:
http://www.medicine.virginia.edu/clinical/departments/medicine/divisions/digestive-health/nutrition-support-team/nutrition-articles/September2005.pdf

Keep a patient food/mood/symptoms/medication diary. I refer you to the following:

http://beyondibd.com/blog/treatment/how-keeping-a-diary-can-improve-your-health/

CDAI
http://www.ibdjohn.com/cdai/

Bristol Stool Scale
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Stool_Scale

The comparative pain scale (no pain 0, 10 excrutiating pain)
http://www.tipna.org/info/documents/ComparativePainScale.htm

Read and research all about the disease to learn how to best manage it.

Very good short description of Crohn's.
http://www.crohns.org/congress/submission00/appendix4.htm

What is Crohn's Disease?
http://www.crohns.org/congress/submission01/appiv.htm

Crohn's Disease
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104

Crohn's Complications
http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/how_serious_crohns_disease_000103_4.htm
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/crohns-disease-000043.htm

Comic - Everything you never wanted to know about Crohn's disease
http://ventedspleen.com/blog/2007/10/22/24-hour-comic-everything-you-never-wanted-to-know-about-crohns-disease/

Anti-inflammatory diet
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02012/anti-inflammatory-diet

The side-effects of medicines can be found here: www.drugs.com www.rxlist.com

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