I’m not sure what the definition of a “flare” is, but my guess is that it’s an increase in Crohn’s activity/symptoms. That’s where I’ve been for most of the month of September and last part of August. It hasn’t been that bad. Some increased gas and gurgles, mostly. However, last Saturday I woke up with a dull ache under my ribs on the right side- where the inflammation is in my colon. I have never had an ache like this since my diagnosis in November, so this made me sit up and take notice. Not really painful, but definately…..there. I ended up having that ache for about 6 days (4 of which were constant, the last 2 were off and on) before it went away altogether. I also lost 3 pounds in one week, likely due to my body not absorbing the necessary nutrients while in this “flare.”
So, with the ache present, I decided I needed to do something in order to get the symptoms to decrease to normal levels again. Starting on the day the ache started, I ate eggs for breakfast, usually my homemade Chicken soup for lunch, and soft foods for dinner. I was very careful to eat only fruits and veggies that were cooked very well, and were very soft. I also didn’t eat much of meats that were tough or might be difficult to digest, and had my homemade yogurt a couple times during the “flare.” All in all, I stayed with foods that I know were easy for my system to digest in order to give my gut a rest, and a chance to decrease the inflammation.
It worked. The ache, like I said, lasted a good 4 days, with occasional aches for 2 days afterwards. All other symptoms are slowly going away as well. I’m still taking it easy, and trying to make sure my fruits and veggies are soft-cooked. But overall, I’m feeling a lot better. It could have been worse, but I am glad that it happened so far into this diet, so that I had a good handle on what I could eat and couldn’t eat in order to help my body rest.