anyone have any dietary ideas for person with microscopic colitis?

Posted by karne @karne, Jan 10, 2012

I have seen 3 specialists, my physician, and a homeopathic Doctor….NOT ONE professional has offered me any information regarding diet! I am not lactose intolerant, (been tested) do not have celiac’s, or krohns but…have to think that diet figures into this scenario somewhere…any suggestions? I would like to get on with my life instead of facing each day with the prospect of….will I be “okey” today or will I have diarrhea (there, I said it)….

My mom has ulcerated coliis. Not sure what yours is but I know the foods that irrate the colon are spicy foods, greasy foods and foods with seeds or nuts.


You can get your life back and you are correct – diet is key to dealing with MC. Please visit the “Potty People” forum where you will find many people who can help you with your question. It is the best site for help with MC on the internet: 

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YES, I definitely have a suggestion!

I had a case of microscopic colitis so severe that I was in diapers. All 10 biopsies in my colonoscopy came back positive. (I tested negative for celiac sprue). Also, although never before allergic to anything, at some point during the attack, I discovered a severe lactose intolerance. I don’t remember the drug the doctor gave me, but it (in combination with another drug I was taking) nearly destroyed my liver within a few short weeks. The doctor actually uttered the words, “…possible… liver transplant…” He also said my ONLY option was a cortico-steroid — with absolutely hideous (and virtually guaranteed) side-effects. When I refused the prescription, his parting words were, “I’ll see you when you give up.”

My husband searched the Internet for a diet, and a doctor on the net (so sorry, we’ve lost the connection) recommended an ALL WHITE FOOD DIET: white potatoes (no skin), white bread, white rice, clear soup. NOTHING with any color. NOTHING to stress the colon. For me, since I was then lactose intolerant, it also meant no milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese. It was a very difficult diet to adhere to, but every time I gave in to temptation, the diarrhea returned. I lost another 10 pounds in addition to the 20 I’d already lost from the disease, but positive results were noticeable almost immediately. It took about three weeks of strict adherence to the diet to make the diarrhea go away completely, but it DID! Also, my lactose intolerance eventually went away as well.

The other thing I did was take heavy doses of high quality probiotics ($$$ !!) for several months. I also had the luxury of being able to spend most of my time resting.

It is now six years later, I am eating a full and healthy diet, and I have had NOT ONE single bout of diarrhea since! My “incurable” disease certainly seems to be completely gone.

I don’t know what brought on your disease, but I’m fairly certain mine was caused by extreme stress (and perhaps unhealthy additives in my food). Now, when I feel stress building, I just quit doing anything not absolutely necessary and rest. I am also very particular about my diet, eating mostly organic foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (LOTS of color and variety now that I’m healthy!) and virtually NO meat.

I wish you the best. If you are not yet cured and decide to try this diet, please let me know if it works for you.

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