Digestive Enzymes

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Nanners
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I am always reading about others using Digestive Enzymes.  I would like to know what they are and how they work?  How they have helped you personally?  What brands you are using?  And if you have had a resection, have they caused any problems with stomach upset etc?  I ask this last question because I am VERY sensitive to supplements and get stomach upset very easily.
 
Thanks for your thoughts.
 
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Gail *Nanners*
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

spookyh
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   Posted 4/11/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Prozymes from GI Pro Health (http://www.giprohealth.com/prozymes.aspx). Pricey little suckers, but I like them. They're an all in one enzyme, so they'll help digest anything you eat. I find them especially helpful when I eat a lot of fat and protein. Before I took enzymes, I'd often feel like food was sitting in my stomach several hours later. They also help break down vegetable fiber, which makes me feel better about consuming veggies and fruit.

I haven't had a resection, so I'm afraid I can't help you with that question.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 2 foods


patientspiders
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   Posted 4/11/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Enzymedica brand "Digest" capsules. I'm sure most dig. enzy. are similar, but to give a complete answer they contain:

Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Cellulase, Lactase, Alpha Galactosidase, Maltase, Invertase, Phytase, Lactobacillus Acid., Bifodobacterium.
It's basically a supplement to digestion for those of us that might not make enough of what we need to break food down. At least, that's the way my doc explained it. And the probiotics are always helpful for good bacterial growth.

The capsules are 100% vegetarian and vegan, and they do not contain any "dairy, preservatives, salt, sucrose, soy, wheat, yeast, nuts, gluten, artificial colors or flavors". These do not require refrigeration, although some with more probiotics do.

I take one at the start of every meal. Sometimes more if I know I'm going to be eating things that usually cause me gastric disturbance. For me, the enzymes help reduce bloating, gas, noise, and pain.

I haven't had a resection either though, sorry Nanners. Hope someone can answer that part for ya.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Prednisone free, again! WHOOPIE!


pb4
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   Posted 4/11/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I use natural digestive enzymes (pineapple, kiwi, papaya, mango) eating these fruits (or using the supplements if you cannot tolerate any of these fruits) after every meal will help break down your food and makes it easier on the digestive system....no resection here either but I'm sure you could still try digestive enzymes or the above mentioned fruits and see how things go.


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Nanners
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   Posted 4/12/2009 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Nope PB4 those fruits are most definetly out for me. Anyone who has had a resection use digestive enzymes? Thanks to all who replied.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Nanners
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   Posted 4/13/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh and do you take them before you eat or after?  And is it with every meal?

Thanks again,

Gail *Nanners*


Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

pb4
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   Posted 4/13/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Take them after each meal (with a small snack is shouldn't be necessary).

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


patientspiders
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   Posted 4/13/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I take them at every meal, whenever I think to - either before or after the meal.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Prednisone free, again! WHOOPIE!


pb4
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   Posted 4/13/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
After each meal would be more beneficial since the point of it is to help digest and if you take it before than it may not be as effective in the digesting process compared to taking it right after eating....like taking a lactaid pill with your first mouthful of dairy will be effective, but if you take lactaid pills after you're done having lactose then it's of no use.

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


melissam24
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm my GI told me that enzymes wouldn't benefit me since I don't have any pancreas/gallbladder problems and my stools don't have undigested fats in them and aren't white colored... but since so many of you are taking them and they seem to help, maybe they could help me...

Zanne
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   Posted 4/14/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
about a year and a half ago, I started getting a lot more gas, bloating and pain (from the gas). By the end of the day, Oh Boy was I in agony. My doctor started me on probiotics, again. This time they actually helped. And things settled down for a while. But within the last month or so, things seem to be starting up again. Its almost like my body has gotten used to the probiotics. So after reading this post, I went out yesterday and bought some digestive enzymes. Just an all purpose one from GNC. I'm going to start today and see if things settle back down a bit. I have set up appointments with my doctors, but they aren't until the beginning of May and when no one can come near you because of the the toxic fumes that just seems like a long time to do nothing!
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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


spookyh
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Zanne, since gas is caused by undigested food fermenting in your gut, it's quite possible an enzyme would help you out. Your other option would be to find out what food isn't agreeing with you.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 2 foods

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