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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Constipation. Really?? Reply with quote

I am into the second week of my elimination diet. Quite proud of myself for sticking to it. The turkey and jasmine rice have worked well and caused absolutely no issues. I have tapered down to 2 budesonide tabs/day but now I am constipated. Nothing for 2 days. Unbelievable after all the WD I have experienced over the last 2 months! I am afraid to eat anything off of the elimination diet so I don't know how to address this. Colace? Try to wait it out? This MC is cunning and baffling!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go down to 1 budesonide a day. It looks like you are doing well with diet!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi. I did the Pepto for 8 weeks and after a week or two I had C. I just cut back on the number of tablets that I was taking each day. It is hard to imagine having C after the D!
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weezie,

Yes, I agree. Constipation is a sign that your digestive system is responding to the diet changes and it's time to lower your budesonide dosage because it can cause constipation when the dose is higher than the amount needed.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will go down to 1 budesonide tomorrow and see what happens. Thanks to you all!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still grappling with C. The irony is that I have my Enterolab kit ready to go but can't produce anything to put in it! I am so thankful for this forum because who else could I tell that to??? Haha!!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go to 1 budesonide every other day.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great suggestions all. Thanks!
I now doing a really gradual tapering of budesonide with the elimination diet of turkey and rice and finally having Normans. I can't tell you how much better I feel. Plus, I just put my Enterolab sample in the mail. But I am wondering if I can add in my Vitamin D3 now or should I wait until I've been stable longer. I'd also like to add sublingual B-12 and magnesium spray. If I can add these does anyone have a recommendation of dosage of B-12 and magnesium? Does brand matter or is there anything in particular I need to look for?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Weezie,

That's good news that you're doing so much better. You can take vitamin D any time you want (as long as it doesn't contain any of the ingredients that you are sensitive to, such as soy for example). Unless you have good reason to believe that your vitamin D level is already high, a good starting dose is 5,000 IU per day. This is the amount that the average person uses each day, and it's the amount recommended by the Vitamin D Council as a safe starting dose. You are not likely to ever overdose at this rate because anyone who has MC (or any other IBD) requires more than 5,000 IU of vitamin D per day to fight the inflammation. And if you happen to be deficient in vitamin D (which most people are), any dose significantly less than 5,000 IU would take years to get your level out of the deficiency range.

Likewise, sublingual vitamin B-12 and magnesium spray can be safely used at any time. Again, check the label on the sublingual B-12 to make sure that it does not contain any potential ingredient problems. Common doses are 1,000 mcg (1 mg), 2,000 mcg (1 mg), 2,500 mcg (2.5 mg), etc. If I recall, it's available up to 5,000 mcg (5 mg) per lozenge. That dosage would probably be OK for a few weeks or months (to help make up for a deficiency), but in the long run 1,000 mcg to 2,000 mcg per day should be adequate for most of us.

Magnesium spray can be used liberally because I doubt that it's even possible to soak in an overdose through the skin. Some brands may cause the skin to tingle or even burn, especially in more sensitive areas. To avoid that problem, and to avoid the residue problem, I usually spray it on 15 or 20 minutes or so before I'm ready to take a shower, but many/most people seem to just spray it on or spray it in their hand and rub it on, and then forget about it.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much Tex. I appreciate the info and I will head to the store tonight. I feel like I am finally getting on the road of normalcy, or rather a new concept of normal. I'm anxious to hear my test results.
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