Probiotics post-op

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ski bum
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   Posted 4/26/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
For those who have had a resection, when did you start taking probiotics post-op? I forgot to ask my doctor and my follow up appointment is in 10 days.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.


belleenstein
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think there is any reason not to take them and many reasons to take them
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30+ years living with Crohn's.


timmysang
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection in Oct of 2007. I been doing ok for the most part since but occasionally have bouts of d and get grumbling sounds. I called the GI this past week because it started acting up a bit. He told me to get some taking Flora Q. Just ask the pharmacist for it. I started taking it 4 days ago so I really haven't seen any results one way or the other.

ski bum
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   Posted 4/26/2008 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bellenstein. That's what I was thinking.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.


belleenstein
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   Posted 4/27/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Ski Bum, I have been using yoghurt for 30 years to ease some of the problems associated with eating. I feel less miserable after eating if my day starts with yoghurt and on some days, I will take a tablespoon before each meal, sort of my idea of a chaser. It has worked well, so I have never taken "probiotics" until ... I got a nasty ear infection while on vacation to visit the grandkids (Thunder shared his cold with Grammie Belle) The antibiotics just killed me and my usual standbys weren't working so i picked up an OTC package of probiotics and it seemed to get the gas and bloating under control again immediately. It still took awhile for the diarrhea to calm down to my norm of 5-7 a day. I have been taking the probiotics since every day, -- along with my natural active culture yoghurt.

I think the benefits of probiotics lie in symptom control related to the overgrowth of bacteria in the gut. I don't think they affect the actual course of the disease, but I do think they can help us minimize a lot of our nasty symptoms.
Belleenstein:

30+ years living with Crohn's.


ski bum
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   Posted 4/27/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Belleenstein, thanks for the yoghurt recommendation. Sometimes I overlook the horses when I'm looking for zebras. I'm going to add yoghurt to my grocery list. I used to have to take a lactaid pill before I ate yoghurt. One day I may be brave enough to try yoghurt without the lactaid chaser, but not yet.

Timmysang - I never heard of Flora Q. Is it a probiotic?
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.


belleenstein
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   Posted 4/27/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
By all means use the lactaid pill. I use lactaid milk and limit dairy but have found that the plain, live culture yoghurts don't bother me.
Belleenstein:

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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