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Member Since 20 Feb 2006
Offline Last Active Jun 24 2008 09:21 PM

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In Topic: Lymphocytic Colitis

13 June 2008 - 12:02 AM

I have collagenous colitis which is in the same family as lymphocytic colitis. It can definitely be frustrating at times. Unfortunately, there is no known cure and it does run and up and down course. You may have months with no symptoms and sometimes things can be rough. A good gastroenterologist, as you said you have, who you can talk with on a regular basis really helps. Avoiding NSAIDs is important.

Foodwise, avoiding dairy and caffeine (and gluten of course) can help. Some people avoid spicy foods and fatty foods as well. I have some success with the specific carbohydrate diet, although it can be difficult to stay on.

As for medications, peptobismol 8 per day is the first thing to try. If that doesn't work for you, there are several other things that can be tried. Asacol works somewhat for me, although it doesn't for others. Sometimes short courses of steroids are necessary. I've had a few flare-ups where I've had D up to 20 times per day and where I'm not getting much sleep. Although steroids are best avoided, they can make life tolerable. As a previous poster mentioned, entocort is a form of steroids which have much fewer side effects.

With time, you'll find ways to minimize symptoms and to manage. I'm an avid skier, hiker and rockclimber and my friends joke about the rolls of TP and babywipes in my backpack.

PM me if you have questions.

In Topic: Any Backpackers Out There?

02 December 2007 - 12:50 AM

My biggest problem is how many calories I need when backpacking. If I hike around 8-10 hours, I need about 4000 calories per day which means about 1500 at dinner. That's a lot of rice noodles! I try to compensate somewhat by bringing lots of peanut butter and chocolate but I still lose weight over the trip.

In Topic: Any Backpackers Out There?

18 October 2007 - 09:57 PM

I haven't done any long backpacking trips gluten-free, but I have been packed for 5 days at a go and where I've had to pack light because of having mountaineering gear in my pack.

I'd second the instant grits or cream of rice for breakfast. Cream of rice is good too with some hot chocolate mix stirred in or dried fruit. For lunch, I usually do corn tortillas with some cheese now that I can eat dairy, or some jerkey or if it's a no grizzly area some foil pack tuna or chicken. Justtomatoes.com has lots of freeze-dried veggies and pretty much everything is nothing added. Dinners is rice with beans or tuna. The rice noodles are good too as mentioned.

Also, alpineaire has some entrees that are glutenfree for nights when you get into camp late/tired and don't feel like spending time on dinner.

In Topic: Random Craving.....

14 October 2007 - 02:26 PM

When I visited my brother in Edmonton, I stopped at Kinnikinnik and they had gluten-free ice cream cones. I didn't buy any because I spent way too much $$$ on other goodies in the store, but they looked "real". I'm not sure if they sell these online, but many of their products are online.

Trade Joes sells Belizza sorbets. These only have fruit and sugar. The pomegranate raspberry is sooo good if you like sweet and sour.

In Topic: What Type Of "milk" To Drink?!

22 September 2007 - 11:50 PM

I've tried a lot of different milks. My favorite is almond milk and rice milk is a fairly distant second. Potato milk works fairly well in baking. I tried hemp milk and spat it out; the flavor was too strong.

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