I have Crohns colitis. Was diagnosed with IBS in 1990.
I had my sigmoid colon removed in Feb 2011 due to strictures. I was told diet as tolerated and followup colonoscopy in August.
I tried eating the same stuff as before I was hospitalized mainly no fried foods, no spicy foods, limit sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol and within a few weeks of returning to the diet, my stomach started cramping,bouts of diarrhea with alternating constipation.
I started reading about the disease and decided to try the elimination diet. The diet worked well and I began to gradually introduce those foods back in.
As soon as I started eating bread again I had the same thing happen. I am now following a gluten-free diet with excellent results. No cramping, regular bowel movements and no pain. It has been two weeks and it has made such a difference. I also take liquid probiotics and multivitamin gluten-free. Best result, my protein levels are back to normal and so is my hematocrit both of which were so low after surgery that I was unable to go back to school after my surgery. I am in nursing school. My energy level is excellent.