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pattim
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   Posted 7/3/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried any naturopathic rememdies such as aloe vera juice, omega 3 supplements etc?? Any success, difference in symtoms ?
Just curious,
thanks

pb4
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   Posted 7/3/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm either allergic or non-responsive to traditional oral RX so I had no choice but to put my (HUGE) skeptisism aside and try the natural route (which I've been doing for about 5 yrs now)...

I use bee propolis, fibre supplement (which my GI urged me to take), omegas 3-6-9, probiotics called primadophilus reuteri (which aided my high cholesterol and severe lactose intolerance issues as well as vaginal health), vitamins A and C (I also take B12 but not to help with my CD symptoms directly), I drink chamomile tea and water (on occassion 100% fresh juice) exercise regularly with cardio and weights, have eliminated fast-foods, processed foods/beverages, animal fats, refined sugar and sugar substitutes/artificial sweetners from my diet.

I used to "go" 30+ times/day with bleeding, tons of mucus, horrible lower back pain and anywhere from semi-formed to mush to D...I now go 5 or less times a day, fully formed stools, no bleeding, no mucus, no pain...Most of the credit for this goes to the bee propolis and fibre supplements but the combination of all has brought me down to the level I'm presently at, not full remission as I still have issues with urgency and frequency as 5/day for me is not "normal" (one/day is)...but I'll take what I can get...My GI also encourages me to continue on this route, to him it doesn't matter that oral RX aren't helping me so long as something does, now that's a good GI.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


bowlies
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   Posted 7/3/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi pb4. I am just curious if you have had any colonoscopies to see if your dietary changes have made a significan difference in the health of your colon. It sounds as if the diet and vitamins have significantly helped your symptoms and I just wonder if your colon also reflects that improvement. Thanks for sharing.

sammies
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   Posted 7/3/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
well, I've been really into teas and herbs at different times. I've always drunk teas with chamomile and mint (peppermint and spearmint). I truly believe mint helps inflammation and digestion. For a while, I was really into Deepak Chopra's stuff (Ayervadic medicine) and I drank Vata and Pitta teas which have herbs and spices such as cardamon, licorice, and fennel. I now drink a Yogi tea for stomach ease and another for calming which have similar ingredients. I don't drink the teas all day. Just when I feel the need. At times, I have had a regiment. If I am feeling blocked up, I will drink a cup of red zinger tea and that seems to help.

I do take MSM every day and flax gels. When I've had joint issues, I've taken glucosamine chondroitin but I do not take this on a regular basis.

When crohn's was giving me some crazy blisters on my hands, I upped my selenium and that seemed to help.

I take vitamin C every day and a B complex. I was taking zinc but experienced nausea so will have to try again. Just bought some ginger root for my hot tea and iced tea.
23 years with moderate Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; pentasa, just started humira


pb4
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   Posted 7/3/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
bowlies said...
Hi pb4. I am just curious if you have had any colonoscopies to see if your dietary changes have made a significan difference in the health of your colon. It sounds as if the diet and vitamins have significantly helped your symptoms and I just wonder if your colon also reflects that improvement. Thanks for sharing.
Hi bowlies :)
 
I still have inflammation in my colon but it's slightly improved since before I started my regiment of naturals, exercising and diet change...I'm kinda a complicated case though, I have issues with perianal crohn's skin tags that were mistaken for hemmies and they banded them which was a BIG NO NO so I was told by a surgeon after the fact (not the one who did the surgery) that because of them being banded while in a terrible flare it has caused them to remain in a flare which would make it difficult if not impossible to get into full remission internall since this would aggrivate things internally...I often had proctitis issues because of this as well which I can usually get under control using rectal meds.
 
But like I said, for the improvements in symptoms I've gotten I'll take what I can get...30+ times/day for about 3 yrs straight put me into a deep depression and brought on alot of anxiety which is to be expected...the exercise and dietary changes along with feeling better and better sure aided with the depression and anxiety though.
 
:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


belleenstein
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   Posted 7/4/2008 3:00 AM (GMT -7)   
PB4 I just wanted you to know how inspired I am by the way you have taken ownership of the difficult situation you were in. You really provide an incredible role model for everyone on the board, even though most of us are traveling down a different road, medically. Your medical challenges have prompted you to integrate this disease into your life, to work with your body, get to know its needs and its weaknesses and then bound a balance that works for you. In the end, that is an acheivable goal for just about all of us, regardless what we face with this disease. We can do the best we can to be as healthy as we can and find some peace and acceptance in that.

Keep posting. I'm sure you are inspiration to many others too.

Pattim: Naturapathic remedies were recommended to me in 1980 -- they included flax seed tea enemas, aloe vera, chlorophyl, whey powder mixed with plain live yoghurt cultures before every meal. They made me feel better (mostly because I felt I was doing something) but ultimately they just fed my denial and allowed the disease time to smoulder unfettered until I began obstructing.

Whatever you take, whether it is doctor prescribed medications, food, natural remedies, it is important to remain rooted in the reality of your moment.
Belleenstein:

30+ years living with Crohn's.


pb4
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   Posted 7/4/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Belleenstein :)

It really means alot to me that you feel I'm an insperation, *blushing* although I don't really see myself that way it's nice to know some others might...I just feel like I'm on my own path trying to figure out this stupid disease and with it being so individualistic I'm still hoping that maybe some of the things that have helped me might still help others...it's amazing how desperation can sort of turn into making someone more determined to fight this stupid disease, I guess that's the point this disease has brought me to...fight on to feel better, sacrifices can sometimes turn out being about making better choices, giving up bad things (certain foods and being non-active) is actually a good thing not a sacrifice but we don't figure that out until we've gone down that path...I don't miss candy at all because I've traded it in for better (fruits).

Thank you again :)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


ivy6
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   Posted 7/4/2008 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Belleenstein :-)
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/11/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
pb4

You have always been an inspiration to me I know that for sure

I want to thank you for that

LYN
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pb4
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   Posted 7/11/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Lyn, thank you :) You too are an insperation, dealing with the skin issues you have and all and you still find the strength to support the rest of us...

Infact, we ALL deserve a pat on the back just for having to struggle through this DD.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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