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Fri, March 19, 2021 3:39 PM

My boyfriend was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a year ago and he has been hospitalized 3 times over the past 3 months. Only recently his insurance approved Humira for him.

He just came out of the hospital, where he has been on Prednison and Mesalamina and was given guidance to follow a low-fiber diet until the flare is reduced. The problem is that he suffers a lot of episodes of Tenesmus. When I look for literature about tenesmus, the recommendations is quite the opposite, that he should have a diet rich in fiber... What should he do?

He feels ok now, but hasn't been able to evacuate for the past 3 days...

FPO Elba
Joined Mar 19, 2021

Fri, November 26, 2021 1:05 AM

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FPO looney
Joined Nov 25, 2021

Thu, November 25, 2021 10:33 PM

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FPO Alexpogi
Joined Nov 25, 2021

Mon, March 29, 2021 9:09 AM

Reply posted for Elba.

I understand you are looking for support related to diet, the foundation has several resources on diet  Additionally, I have provided more details and resources below. 


Diet and Nutrition

Living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) means paying special attention to what you eat. Eating certain foods can help ease your symptoms, while other things you like to eat may make your symptoms worse.
Diet Brochure  diet-nutrition-2013-1.pdf (

Diet videos What Should I Eat? | Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

FPO administrator
Joined Oct 12, 2017

Fri, March 19, 2021 6:01 PM

Reply posted for Elba.

You should talk to a dietician.  I am only giving my anecdotal experience and not suggesting to do anything I did.  I had those weird spasms years ago my gut went in decline over 6 years and have had UC for 10 months.  If he was totally cleaned out and then cant have a bowel movement for several days, thats pretty normal, it happened to me as well.  The low fiber suggestion makes sense.  When he finally has a movement he shouldnt force anything too much and may want to take a mild laxative, as in very mild like ground chicory root.  I fully believe in a prebiotic diet that fuels the short chained fatty acids that drive our gut microbome.  That chicory root is a a great prebiotic that has inulin in that is good for the gut and has laxative qualities as well.  Dosage etc I dont have those answers.  I use a quarter cup in my smoothie every single day.  I also believe intermittent fasting is important as well.  There is one link on this website that sends you to a diet created by UMASS at Lowell

This diet is the closest thing that I have come across that benefits me.  Prebiotic foods are essential to fueling the short chained fatty acids in our gut microbiome.  All these other diets, FODMAP, etc, try to avoid flare ups, this ibd - aid diet is the only i've come across that its goal is to heal.  This is a good list too

FPO doman26
Joined Mar 19, 2021

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