After 11 years, I've noticed some improvements

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Marsky
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   Posted 7/19/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I've struggled with diet, etc. for 11 years now but lately I think I've finally found my specific solution. May 1st, I began taking 80 billion count of probiotics on a completely empty stomach at bedtime. I noticed my gut was quieter and my bm's more consistent. Then I got into a scary time 2 weeks ago. I wasn't exactly constipated but knew I needed more fiber. So I began having wheat bread (basic wheat, not whole wheat, I have enough sense not to go high fiber, yet that is!), Whole Grain Cheerios, more fruit and taking two 50 mg Colace a day (one in am, one with dinner). And continued with the probiotic.

Whatever it was - a combination of all these - I have been feeling great for over a week. I had suspected for a while now I could add more fiber to my diet but since I work 9 months a year (school district employee) I wanted to wait for a more quiet time to try adding fiber.

I have been very diligent about all of these - more fiber, more Colace, never skipping the probiotic.

Keep your fingers crossed for me I may have stumbled upon what works best for my gut.

I do know I'll never be "normal" and will always have multiple bm's 24/7, as long as I eat. I am existing without a sigmoid (where my cancer was located). My entire goal in 11 years has been to have formed bm's, not messy, not difficult to pass, easy to take care of anywhere - public bathrooms, someone else's home, even portalets (yes I've used them!).....

I feel on top of the world right now. Sure hope it continues......
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily


Mitzo
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   Posted 7/19/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news, I hope it keeps working! What probiotic have you been using that has 80 billion?
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.
 
 

 


Marsky
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   Posted 7/19/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! I'm hoping these good days continue! I am taking Renew Life, Ultimate Flora Critical Colon 80 Billion. I buy it a local health food store, 30 capsules for around $45. Worth every penny! You keep it chilled in the fridge and I read somewhere (the UC forum probably) it's best taken on an empty stomach so it goes straight to the colon (just where I need it most).
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/19/2010 10:04:57 AM (GMT-6)


shawn12
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   Posted 7/19/2010 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad to hear your feeling good and hope it continues for you. Its great when you feel some relief for sure.
 
 
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