Digestive enzymes

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jeanneac
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   Posted Yesterday 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever experienced cramps from digestive enzymes? I was doing so well and now I am trying to figure out why the cramps are back today. Ugh! That is one change I have done this week. I also had cranberries on Tuesday night, but that seems too long ago to be giving me problems. I have not been constipated.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


Bammer
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   Posted Yesterday 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry can't help but will be interested in replies as my husband has always bugged me to take digestive enzymes. He takes them but I figure I take enough other stuff as it is.
57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009


skofbengsk
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   Posted Yesterday 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried them yet, I just ordered some though. I know one of them they say you shouldn't take if you have IBD, I think it is the lipase but can't remember exactly, another guy said go ahead and take it, The pain won't last long and it is actually a good thing because it means it is cleaning out your ulcerations so they can heal, I wish I could remember who said it and where, I know it was on the internet!
Sorry hope you feel better soon
Dx CD Oct '06  remarried July '05 mom of 3 boys ages 12, 15, and my baby born Oct. 07. 
Asacol, entocort


sickandlucky
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   Posted Today 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I take digestive enzymes and find they really help with my digestion. To prevent any cramping I just eat a little bit before I take them instead of having them on an empty stomach!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
erythema nodosum
currently taking 40mg prednisone, then imuran or remicade when i taper
feeling scare about side effects but will be happy to feel better :)


Nanners
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   Posted Today 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't really had much luck with the Digestive Enzymes and I have tried a few. My husband who has what I think is IBS started taking them and have found them helpful in his case.
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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jeanneac
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   Posted Today 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, in retrospect, I think it was the roughage I had and not the enzymes. I am not sure the enzymes helped but I don't think they caused the cramps. I think it was the dried cranberries I had. It took two days to give me the cramps but that is the only thing it could have been. Over thanksgiving when I just ate carbs and meat, all was good. That isn't a healthy diet though. You need your fruits and veggies. I changed my check up CT scan and sigmoid scope to January, so maybe they will see how things are going inside. In the meantime, I will have to be very careful about the fruits and veggies that I eat. Sigh.... Thanks for the dialogue.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


Veebo
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   Posted Today 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
jeanneac I am curious, what kind of enzymes are you taking? I just started taking some pancreatic enzymes this week and they are giving me insane gas :( but I think they are helping b/c BMs have been less. I have noticed some cramping on and off but in my case I think it may be the gas.

jeanneac
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   Posted Today 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Multi enzyme, high potency vegetarian formula. I believe the brand is Natural Factors. They were kind of expensive. Just in case, I don't think I will take them anymore. Boy, I've wasted a ton of money on these kind of things that don't work! I do like my VSL #3 though.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 


FunGuy
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   Posted 12/6/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Isn't papaya said to have digestive enzymes in it?


jeanneac
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   Posted 12/6/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I believe it is papain. It digests protein, I believe.
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel
 

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