Originally Posted by suggi
I have Crohn's disease and a very dry mouth (not related I don't think) and the doc encouraged me to chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva.
I accidently swallowed the sugarless gum in my mouth and hope this won't hurt me. My Crohns has been acting up the last couple of days and I have been on this rice and chicken diet. Should I stop eating things that would bind you up now because I swallowed the gum?
Any advice would be appreciated. I don't care about the dry mouth -- no more gum for me. Doc thinks I have Sojerns disease thus dry mouth and eyes.
I can't help with the Crohns question I'm afraid, because I don't know much about it. As for the dry eyes . . . be careful here. I was MISdiagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome (autoimmune dry eyes and dry mouth) for several years before they discovered that this was actually being caused by a combination of low thyroid and anemia. Make sure they do ALL the tests before you let anyone label you with SS, since in my case, the antibody test was negative. Even if you do have Crohns and have some autoimmune issues, make sure that you have them check your iron levels and thyroid levels before you accept a diagnosis on the basis of the dry mouth alone. Lots of things can cause a dry mouth and in my case, once my thyroid and iron levels improved my saliva came back too.
Sorry this doesn't help with the Crohns question, but at least I hope it helps a little in a roundabout way. Good luck to you.