Welcome to this post on Shellfish and UC. I hope you find this interesting, and hopefully useful to compare with your current questions and situation with ulcerative colitis.
I have been on the SCD diet for just over one year now. It has been great for me. In-fact, it has allowed me to get rid of nearly all the UC symptoms I was suffering with for months/years, and has allowed me to return to 1-2 usually hard stools per day. And most importantly, it has given me my life back.
Enter shellfish. Maybe you don’t like shellfish at all, shrimp, squid, crab, lobster, that type of stuff. But, if you are like me, you love that stuff. I was eating shellfish without thinking about it at all for my previous life before the SCD diet, and I was usually eating shellfish without thinking about it for the 1st year on the diet too. But that is now going to change.
My theory is that my body can’t tolerate shellfish, and it helps to bring back symptoms of the old nasty UC.
Two weeks ago, I was in Maine, and since seafood is so common up there, I was joining in on the fun. Nearly every meal had something like fried Calamari, shrimp, lobster, crab or something along those lines, at least for lunch and dinner meals. Going into the trip to Maine, I was feeling great. But, towards the end of the 4 day trip, I started to feel some joint pains in my upper body and even had a diarhea crap if you know what I mean. The joint pains were identical to the ones I had when I was going through nasty flares about 1 1/2 years ago. The pains that landed me in three rheumatologists offices, and had me swallowing vicadin pills to control the pain. Yes, they were nasty.
But, the good news was, those pains have just slightly come and gone over the past year. Yes, I have probably had Calamari 12 plus times, maybe once a month lets say. Yes, I’ve had shrimp slightly less. Maybe even a lobster, actually, nope, this was the first lobster for me in a year.
So here is the bottom line: I think shellfish is a no no for me, I think my UC has something to do with my intolerance for shellfish, just like my obvious intolerance for wheat, gluten, dairy etc… Yes, I think I might be allergic to shellfish if you want to call it that. AND most importantly, I am feeling better now, its been a week since I touched shellfish, and I don’t plan on having any for a while.
I do plan on testing out this theory sometime over the next year. When I feel 100% again, I do plan on going off and eating a weekend full of shellfish, maybe at a buffet in Vegas, and then seeing how I feel afterwards. If this strange pains come back, BINGO.