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lovetolaugh
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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor recommended I eat Activia everyday for the Probiotics.  I started eating it and noticed I was going to the bathroom constantly.  I had a bowel resection on October 1st and am currently in remission.  Pre-surgery when my crohns was super active I was going to the bathroom ten times a day at least.  The first two weeks post-surgery I was only going once.  But now on the Activia its like I am back to using the bathroom a lot.  So I cut down the Activia to every three days and the same thing.  The day I eat it, I am running to the bathroom every twenty minutes. Anyone else had the same reaction to it?  
 
I have an appointment with the doc in a couple weeks but was wondering if you guys had any suggesstions.  I know the probiotics are good but I can't swallow pills.  My father-in-law found me chewable Acidophilus but it didn't do anything. 
 
The other thing is I know that some of them can be very expensive and I really can't afford to spend lots of money.
 
Any help is truly appreciated!
26 year old female
 Married to the most loving and supportive man
Just Graduted with my Master's Degree in Social Work
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004 after my gallbladder was removed 
Been on Prednisone, Asacol, and Remicade
Too many flare ups to count
Been hospitalized five times in the past year (thank you morphine)
Had Bowel Resection October 1st, 2008 (18 inches of small intestine was taken out)
Currently in remission but still taking Imuran
Couldn't do it without my family, especially my mom
 
Have the greatest doctor in the world and will fight this disease til the end!


Jen77
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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
That stuff gave me and my Aunt (who also has stomach issues) some serious D. I'd rather take probiotics in pill or chewable forms.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!


Nanners
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   Posted 11/10/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
You know the Probiotics I take "Lactobacillus" are two small pearl like pills I take each evening. How do you take your Imuran? Its a pill. I don't think you will get the beneficial amount by eating Activia. Also, I know people with healthy intestines who don't tolerate Activia well either. The one I take is very inexpensive, and I believe PB4 takes one that's really cheap too. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/10/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Activia doesn't bother me at all and acidopholus pears don't either. They are little tiny balls not really like pills. You probably could swallow it no problem. It is smaller than the tip of an eraser. I tried different probiotic and got really sick from it.

Sorry that should say PEARLS not PEARS


27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

Post Edited (FitzyK23) : 11/10/2008 2:41:31 PM (GMT-7)


EMom
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   Posted 11/10/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
lovetolaugh said...
My doctor recommended I eat Activia everyday for the Probiotics. I started eating it and noticed I was going to the bathroom constantly. I had a bowel resection on October 1st and am currently in remission. Pre-surgery when my crohns was super active I was going to the bathroom ten times a day at least. The first two weeks post-surgery I was only going once. But now on the Activia its like I am back to using the bathroom a lot. So I cut down the Activia to every three days and the same thing. The day I eat it, I am running to the bathroom every twenty minutes. Anyone else had the same reaction to it?


Forgive me for venting for a moment....ugh!!!!!... The vast majority of doctors know nothing about probiotics. Activia has as it's one and only probiotic strain something called Bifidus Regularis (stupid made up name), which is a "unique strain of bifidobacteria." Since it has affected you in this way, please, please stop taking it!!!

Elaine Gottschall (a microbiologist and founder of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) studied the effects of food in the intestines at the cellular level. After all her research on probiotics she said if you're going to take a probiotic, choose one WITHOUT bifidobacteria or bifidus. I trust her judgment here far beyond any doctor's.

If you are going to eat yogurt, try the home made version put forth by the SCD (and Elaine Gottschall). It is lactose free which is good for all Crohnies, cheap (I make a 2 liter container for about $3.50), has 4 times the amount of beneficial bacteria than any store bought yogurt you can buy, and has the RIGHT KIND of beneficial bacteria.

Also, as Nanners recommended, if you are buying a probiotic supplement in capsule form, try one with Lactobacillus acidophilus as the main strain. Also choose one with at least 10-15 billion cfu (colony forming units).
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


pb4
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   Posted 11/10/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been eating Activia for the last month and have had no problems with it, in fact I'd even say it's helped, I've been going one BM less a day for the most part.

Everyone is different, that's for sure.

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


FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/10/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Pb4 - I'm really surprised that you eat it. I love it but thought you would take issue with the sugar content. I obviously steer clear of the low sugar version b/c it has fake sugar.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Zanne
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   Posted 11/10/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Everyone is different and no one brand is right for all of us. I had tried several different types of probiotics and had gotten different, but all bad, results from them. When my doctor recommended a specific probiotic to me. I waited several months to try it because of my past history, but finally bought it. This one worked for me. So if you are having issues with this one, please stop taking it, it isn't the right one for you. There are lots out there, try another brand, until you find one that works for you. Just because it was the one recommended by your doctor doesn't mean it is the only one that may work.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


pb4
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   Posted 11/10/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
FitzyK23 said...
Pb4 - I'm really surprised that you eat it. I love it but thought you would take issue with the sugar content. I obviously steer clear of the low sugar version b/c it has fake sugar.

Ya, but the container is so small that after 3 bites it's gone...I thought I'd try it because of my IBS and it's been good so far.
 
:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


mkl11
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Activia gave me horrible cramps. I'm also not a yogurt person (can't stand the tangy-ness) and need to get my probiotics in powder form.
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.


Texan with Crohn's
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 362
   Posted 11/11/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Tried that with the same outcome. I now just take the acidolophilus pills, Omega3, B12 and multi-vitamin. I eat regular yogurt with bananas. Have enough D as it is... don't neet Activia to worsen it! shakehead
Single mother of a wonderful daughter, care-giver to disabled sister and aging grandmother. Diagnosed with CD during second hospital stint in Jan of '07(??)
Tried: Asacol, Pentasa, Immurane, Entcort
Currently Taking: Prenisone (intermittently), Phenegren, Hydrocodone, Benetyl and Anti-panic medication


ozonehole
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   Posted 11/11/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Activia was disastrous for me too. Horrible diarrhea. Even cheap store-bought yogurt didn't affect me so badly. Strange.
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


FitzyK23
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   Posted 11/11/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
It is so weird that for me it bulked me up and lowered the number of BM's.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Mitzo
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Total Posts : 536
   Posted 8/20/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
When I first started taking it it helped with constipation - but now it seems to worsen my daily diarrhea. I wonder if the Activia actually caused the diarrhea to begin with.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.

 


sr5599
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1202
   Posted 8/20/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I take Florestor daily now. I'm not sure if it's helped but it's not hurt either! Actually, since I'm on Cipro again, I know it's helping because I'm not going downhill!
--female dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone, Tysabri
--Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Started Cimzia first dose 2/10/09.  Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09


gumby44
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   Posted 8/20/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Activia was miserable for me too, but I seem to tolerate regular yogurt fine. I like Yoplait. I'm sure it has too much sugar, but it doesn't seem to bother me. I make smoothies with it and frozen fruit. I tend toward constipation, so for me fruit helps.
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation, probiotics


petittarte
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Total Posts : 667
   Posted 8/20/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I just Activia tasted gross. I eat So Delicious coconut milk yogurt.
Jodi

Remicade and 6MP


Valerie3
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   Posted 8/20/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I find Activia tastes really bad. I don't mind some types of yogurts, but I found that Activia just had this really weird taste compared to other brands. Maybe I'm weird?
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