Has Anyone Tried Align?

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80sChick
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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
My Gastroenterologist just put me on Align for IBS-d. He said it was one of the best probiotics for diarrhea, and I have high hopes but I am weary. I also have Crohn's Disease and am currently in a flare, but nothing has seemed to help so far so we shall see.
 
If you've been on Align, please share your story...I"m not sure how long I should give it before I write it off, and I'm nervous that it's going to temporarily make my symptoms worse. :/
 
Thanks in advance!
28 Year old Female
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Recent possible diagnosis of IBS-D
 
Tried Meds: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Rowasa Enemas.
 
Currently on: 40mg Prednisone, 100mg Imuran, Align, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D/Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 


shawn12
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   Posted 11/5/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
80's chick, it should be okay, they are live gut bacteria. Some gut bacteria help immune cells in the gut repair and this may offer some relief to gas and bloating and possibly pain. Sometimes they may help with D also.

Might take a week or two to colonoize the gi tract. It shouldn't really cause any symptoms.

probiotic info

http://www.aboutibs.org/site/learning-center/video-corner/gutflora

Probiotics in the Treatment of IBS

http://www.aboutibs.org/site/news-events/news/medical-news#pro-ibs

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/ringel_kn_probiotic_bacteria_and_ibs.pdf

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/collateral/ask_the_experts/probiotic_bacteria_in_ibs.pdf

http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/fgidc/collateral/ringel.mp3
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


Mitzo
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   Posted 11/5/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Let us know how it works, please! Good luck!
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.
 
Currently off all meds. Using Florastor, TuZen, L-glutamine and psyllium seed powder with some good effect.

 


stilltiredofit51
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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   

I have had the worst case of IBS-D for 27 years.  A couple of months ago, I did take Align.  I decided to keep a record of the 'spells' I would have. Within about 12 days, I had atleast 27 bad spells. I decided to email the company and let them know, what was happening to me.  After a quick response, they told me to stop taking the pills and to keep the remaining ones. They were going to tell their safety department (forgot which one). They had never had that problem before and so, they refunded my money. Since then while reading the posts online, I started taking Caltrate 600+D plus minerals calcium supplement. Within a week, I noticed a difference. Then I heard of the probiotics and found Acidophilus had them. I have been taking it for a couple of months and the difference is unbelievable!!! I can honestly say, I've only had a couple of spells; instead of running to the bathroom constantly.

Please try it and I wish you good health. I feel better. I think I'm still in shock that after 27 years, the help that I needed was on the shelf.


shawn12
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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Its important that while one person might have a bad time on something, others may not and actually be helped. Align does have one probiotic in it that has been researched and shown to help some IBSers.

The caltrate could help d.

Glad you fouund some relief stilltiredofit. :)
I am not a doctor. All information I present is for educational purposes only and should not be subsituted for the advise of a qualified health care provider.

Please make sure you have your symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner or a doctor.


Mitzo
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 536
   Posted 11/20/2009 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
So 80schick, how is the Align working for you?
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.
 
 

 

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