I don't take probiotics. I have tried them in the past without a noticeable difference.
IBS and IBD are different. I just can't seem to tell them apart, because I bleed no matter what.
Fiber is very hard on you if you are in a UC flare. I can have cooked veggies, some are better than others. I also eat fruit, but not skins of things like apples and pears. Tomato-based sauces are the worst, as they are like rubbing salt on a wound.
It is very cyclical for me, I am in a "flare" for 2 months and then remission for 2 months. This is not typical of ulcerative colitis, because flares usually last longer and the time of remission is longer.
I also know that diet and stress play a large role in my flares. For instance, I began the current flare on Nov. 2, and it was starting to get better when Christmas hit and my sister and her husband came into town and decided to stay with us out of the blue. You have to understand that we live in a small apartment with three children and have nowhere for them to stay but the couch. Not to mention that my sister wants to run my life for me. They stayed Christmas eve, but then I made her go somewhere else the rest of their trip. I hate standing up to people, because I am a people pleaser. So not only did I have the stress of them in town and at my place, but I had to kick them out too. My husband hates them and complains to me when they are in town whether or not they stay with us.
I had a colonoscopy/EGD the end of December and that also seemed to make it worse. Can you imagine the joy if my sister and brother-in-law had been there for that prep time?
Sorry to complain so much. Sometimes you just need to get it out.
Thanks for your help. Dixie
hi there dixie,
i've recently tried aloe vera gel for my IBS after i read about some guy who used it for his UC - i didn't work for me but it might for you as soon as your problem sounds more UC based - i read that after drinking it for a few weeks he was much better - after drinking it for several weeks it sounded like his problems were practically non-existant
I read the story in the Daily Mail ( apaper in the UK)
you never know, it might be worth giving it a go, although once again i'll have to say it didn't work for me
a word of warning tho- make sure you get the gel and NOT the juice - the juice is a powerfull laxative because it is made from all of the aloe vera leaf, the gel is made from a specific part which does not contain any laxative elements
a company called forever living sell the gel
Tell me more about the aloe vera. I have a friend who swears by the juice for anything. I thought that you couldn't take the gel internally.
you can take the gel internally if it has been specially treated for consumption (although it doesn't taste very nice!)
I took about 2.5 -3 ounces every morning about a half hour before breakfast (because that's what the guy in the paper does) - but there are quite alot of conflicting guidlines on dosages. I've also read about people who take smaller amounts before every meal and those who take 2 ounces before breakfast and again before dinner - whatever though, it's best to take it on an empty subject
I think the aloe gel may work for some people because, it soothes the aggrevated lining of the bowel which UC causes (which is probably apparent by the bleeding sme suffer etc)
i'll quote the article which i'm taling about - from the Daily Mail, Tuesday October 11th 2004
" A drink made from the aloe vera plant is helping patients control the symptoms of UC, a diesase that effects the bowels. The plant ... appears to have healing properties for inflamation of the gut. Patients who suffrered years of discomfort without releif from conventional medicines claim to be free of symptoms after drinking a tiny amount of the juice [gel] every day. Their testimonies support British research last year which showed one in three sufferers experienced an improvement after drinking the plant solution."
It goes on to talk about a guy called Andy Woodward who uses the stuff.
"Andy Woodward (40), from Shipstonon-Stour in Warwickshire, turned to aloe vera after suffering for several years with painful collitis, 'I was away from home for more than four months of the year,' says Andy. 'On top of that, there was an awful lot of corporate hosptilatity, usually invoving rich food. I was meant to be a professional host, but sometimes I would end up lying in the back of the bus doubled up in pain while my clients went off to dinner." He tried over the counter remedies, to little effect, 'Nothing I took made any difference. They never relieved the symptons, they just postponed them slightly.'"
"Andy then heard about the aloe vera drink from a company called Forever Living Products. He began downing a sherry-glass full of the drink which costs between £12 and £18 a carton, each morning. 'Within a couple of weeks I noticed a difference. My morining stomach cramps were gone and I didn't get that knotted feeling anymore when i ate. That was for years ago and the only time I've had problems since has bee if I go travelling without it. Within days my symptoms return.'
For more information on aloe vera drinks go to www.foreverliving.com"
There are plenty of companies that sell Foreverlivings products over the net, but you can't seem to buy them in stores. Although i suppose other companies gel will be just as good aslong as they contain a high percentaage of aloe and aren't whole leaf products. And once again, make sure you get the gel not the juice which is a laxative!
Hope that helps!