L-Glutamine anyone?

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patientspiders
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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just reading about this stuff and was curious who was taking it and if they experienced any relief from the big D because of it?
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

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pb4
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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried it for about 3 months, didn't notice any difference, although I didn't have severe D at the time either so that could be why. Give it a try though, what works for some doesn't work for all and I know others have said to have success with it, so you won't know until you try.

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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
tried it for a few months a few years ago. didnt do anything for me. body builders/gym rats use it too. supposed to help with recovery. peeps in that circle i know said it didnt help them either. but research "says" it does. imho, it aint worth the money to purchase supplements that are isolates. we dont really understand food. there is so much lost when you take a specific amino acid or enzyme or vitamin. and most of those are synthetics which the body doesnt like. the best way to get this stuff is naturally through food. there are other things in food that we cant replicate in the lab that enable these things to work properly. food and its components work synergistically, not individually. take vitamins for example. sure you get the vitamins, but you dont get the associated phytonutrients and fiber and antioxidants that food provides. hence you are strongly missing out. so my advice, if you want to increase your l-glutamine levels, eat foods high in l-glutamine. but remember, the placebo affect is real and very powerful.
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Margie11
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Brasco Broth and the Chicken Soup from the makers diet book are great ways to get amino acids (protein building blocks ) many of which help to heal the intestinal tract. The SCD uses many bone broths cooked at a low temperature for a long time for this purpose. I have used all of the above and the (natural) supplemental products in the past, with good results (I think). The dietitians at one local hospital start most post op G/I patients on L-Glutamine, when they are discharged to go home.  



              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
                                                Margie11

Post Edited (Margie11) : 1/13/2009 5:32:07 PM (GMT-7)


Margie11
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Kasper,
I agree with you, plus it would be diffacult to get enough in any pill form. The capsule form typicaly has about 1/2 gram per capsule. I take 5 grams per serving 2-3 times a day on a empty stomach, when I take this. The amounts used by the post-op patients is about three times what I have used.
              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
                                                Margie11


patientspiders
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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the tips, guys. I think I'm going to give it a shot. I'm in one of those I-Have-to-be-Proactive moods at the moment. I think I'm going to add Peppermint Oil Capsules to my list too.

Now I just have to work up the nerve to leave the house!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."


Sniper
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife uses it on her doctors orders. It shields the nerve endings from damage from the Chemo she is taking. It has helped her.
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Jen77
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried it once, and got quite sick. So haven't wanted to try it again.
~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).


pb4
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
What ever you do, don't add more than one thing at a time or you won't know what is helping what or if it's helping at all, so try the glutamine first and wait to see if there are any benefits, then add the peppermint and wait and see if you notice anything from it....otherwise if you start a few things at the same time you'll have no idea what's helping or what might even be making things worse.

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


patientspiders
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   Posted 1/14/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Good advice PB4, as usual. I get carried away when I get frustrated, but you're right. One thing at a time!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

"Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure."


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 1/14/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -7)   
and be patient trying things. sometimes you may have to wait a few weeks to a couple of months to make a good decision as to whether it helped or not.
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Margie11
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Total Posts : 467
   Posted 1/14/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Spiders,
   I no longer use L-Glutamine daily, but I keep it on hand and use it when I have G/I symptoms, my muscles feel heavy, or when I engage in exercise. 
 
   I always add new foods and supplements at least 10 days apart. I read that some reactions are delayed especially for Crohnies who have leaky gut, joint, muscle, or other soft tissue pain. It is my understanding that this is also true for people who have more than one autoimmune diagnosis. I first read this about mostly in alternative healing books and articles, but now some environmental medicine researchers and Doctors agree.


              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
                                                Margie11

Post Edited (Margie11) : 1/14/2009 8:27:21 PM (GMT-7)

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