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Pouchitis & Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 15, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Hey everyone,

This is my first time posting, although I've been following posts for awhile now. I have a history of severe ulcerative colitis which necessitated my undergoing a total colectomy. I now have a j-pouch, which is essentially a reservoir fashioned out of the terminal ileum of the small intestine. This collects the stool, and I still go to the bathroom the normal way (out the backside). For the past couple years, I've been dealing with recurrent pouchitis, which often clears up with antibiotics, but I can't tolerate the side effects of many of them.

I've been on Paleo for almost a month, and I've noticed several positive changes. First, my eczema has virtually cleared up. Second, I've suffered back pain for several years due to degenerating discs, but I no longer have the pain. Sometimes it would be so bad that it would radiate to the front of my chest. I've haven't noticed much improvement in my intestinal symptoms yet, however. I'm kind of discouraged about that, but from what I understand, it can take many months or even a year to see a benefit in serious autoimmune diseases.

Does anyone have any insight into my situation? I'd be grateful for any advice or guidance you can offer.

Thank you!

B882d12bdb18249172441d6460126190

on October 15, 2012
at 04:14 PM

Thanks for the encouragement!

B882d12bdb18249172441d6460126190

on October 15, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Thanks for your response, Barbara. I'm sorry you've had to deal with UC for so long, but I'm glad I'm not the only one out there trying Paleo to help my symptoms over the long term. I don't believe our bodies are reacting to things unnecessarily; rather, I think our immune systems are trying to tell us that we're eating foods and/or adapting lifestyles were are offensive to our bodies. Good luck to you too.

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on October 15, 2012
at 11:04 AM

Just have to applaud your generally positive attitude and the creative account name. :) I hope that you find the answers you're seeking!

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on October 15, 2012
at 07:12 AM

That's because Paleo is not specifically geared towardsi mproving gut function. Starch, which is allowed on the Paleo diet without restriction, is not good for those with GI issues.

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on October 15, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Hello there....I can relate somewhat to your situation. I also have Ulcerative Colitis, or for me Pan Colitis, my whole colon,and have suffered from this terrible disease for 22 years+. I was vegetarian then turned vegan at the onset of this disease. It took me 3 years to get it into remission! I was vegan for 9 years and still had massive flare ups, my saving grace was Rowasa, Prednisone, and continual sulfa drugs. I also have psorisis, 2 years ago started, was all over my body but now only on my scalp, plaque psorisis. I started Paleo in January this year, the only benefit is weight loss so far. I think Paleo is a good way to eat, whole foods that digest easily. I honestly believe that diet will not change my situation other than weight loss. Meditation and perscription drugs, sulfa and Rowasa, are what help me. Also, accepting and loving yourself as is. Good luck to you!..I wish you good health and more possitive results from the Paleo diet!

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on October 15, 2012
at 07:12 AM

That's because Paleo is not specifically geared towardsi mproving gut function. Starch, which is allowed on the Paleo diet without restriction, is not good for those with GI issues.

B882d12bdb18249172441d6460126190

on October 15, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Thanks for your response, Barbara. I'm sorry you've had to deal with UC for so long, but I'm glad I'm not the only one out there trying Paleo to help my symptoms over the long term. I don't believe our bodies are reacting to things unnecessarily; rather, I think our immune systems are trying to tell us that we're eating foods and/or adapting lifestyles were are offensive to our bodies. Good luck to you too.

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