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   Posted 2/1/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone here taking any probiotics?  Any reason not to?
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/1/2009 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Matt,

I personally can't take probiotics as of yet. I had a subtotal in July; I'm left with 2 inches of my large intestine.  I see a kinesiologist who also specializes in nutrition; anyway I went to the health food store on my own and started taking probiotics because I used to take them before the surgery and thought that I should again, well I had severe diarrhea, so my nutritionist said no probiotics for now.  I can eat yogurt but it is a greek yogurt, very low in fiber and very high in protein.

I don't know if this helps but this is just my situation :)


spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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   Posted 2/1/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't. i tried when I had u/c, but they made me feel worse with gas. So I started eating Activia yogurt-lots of good cultures and probiotice in it. It actually really helped me with u/c, so I've still been eating it with my ileo. But honestly, I see no difference if I eat it or not. I imagine it goes through too quickly to make a difference. But I don't know what kind of ostomy you have. Oh wait, I just read your sig. so now I do.......It probably wouldn't hurt to try. Everyone is different.

28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/08 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, zofran, immodium, lovonox, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

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   Posted 2/2/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I do and I think they help my output, less gassy.

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   Posted 2/2/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat yogurt a couple of times a week, but I don't take probiotics. I have thought about it and I think we had a conversation about it here on this board a long time ago. I was interested, I guess I still am.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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