Re: obstruction of small intestine - can't tolerate fibre

From: Robin (
Tue Apr 1 11:03:59 2003

At Tue, 24 Aug 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote: >
>At Tue, 24 Aug 1999, Ginny King wrote:
>>Jennifer Lee,
>>Hi and welcome to the forum. I don't quite experience what you have but
>>I have been recently diagnosed with Crohn's which causes a narrowing of
>>the bowel because of scar tissue. Fiber is not good for me at all
>>during an active stage. I've listed below some information that I was
>>given regarding Crohn's from my doctor, but I think it might be
>>beneficial to you as well.
>>1. Avoid raw vegetables and fruit. Eat cooked vegetables and canned
>>2. Bananas are usually tolerated, but only when ripe.
>>3. Avoid the cabbage family (cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli and
>>cauliflower.) although the florets of broccoli seem to be well
>>4. Potatoes and whole wheat bread are tolerated in some individuals and
>>can help supply some fiber to the diet.
>>This is a quote from a book I have on intestinal problems:
>>" intestine that is narrowed by previous inflammation (that's me) or a
>>tight scar (sounds like you) can become blocked by a single kernel of
>>corn or by a pimento from a stuffed olive" Seems to me if this is the
>>case then your theory is not out of line at all. Since doctors know
>>that fiber,in particular from fruits and vegetable cause complications
>>with Crohn's, that they would be familar with the problem you are
>>I have been fortunate enough to never suffer a complete bowel
>>obstruction as you have. I can't imagine the pain you must be in
>>because I am in unbearable pain and I only have a partial obstruction. I
>>hope this helps some. Take care. Ginny
>>Hi Ginny:
>I found your tips very interesting. I seem to have increased pain (a
>specific type of pain different than my SI problem) when I eat a lot of
>grapes. I can tolerate a small amount at any one time, but if I eat a
>lot I suffer.
>Are there any particular foods that cause you trouble? Another thing I
>am curious about-how much time is there between eating the food and
>increased pain? Is your crohn's just in your colon or did they biopsy
>other places as well? If it were just in your colon, or lower small
>intestine, you would think there would at least a twelve hour delay
>between eating the food and the increased pain but I find it happens
>sooner than that.
>While I'm sure a kernel of corn or a pit could cause a total obstruction
>in the bowel that is partially obstructed I think the right situation
>has to be in place. The reason I say this is because I had an adhesion
>tying off my small bowel like a sausage. On the video it looked as if
>nothing of any size could've gotten past it. Except for the incident
>that started my problem two years ago and another incident this past
>March (which probably wasn't caused by this adhesion because it had been
>released and had not reoccurred again by 6 months later) I have had no
>problems that indicate any kind of obstruction. So unless the bowel is
>really kinked and bound I think it has the ability to
>stretch/expand/whatever to accommodate whatever it has to.
>The colo-rectal surgeon I saw said he has seen colons that look like
>they are tied in knots and do not obstruct. I guess every situation is
>different. Every time I look at that video of my lap I wonder how my
>gut functioned! It is amazing.
>Chris S.

The blockages seem to be happen more often as I get older. I am afraid to eat just about everything. Does anyone have any resources on foods to eat and/or supplements for the loack of fiber?

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