PM.....I would never ask the advice of my GI regarding probiotics let alone set up another appointment to find out. Remember that your GI thinks that 10 bms a day is good enough....I'd hate to hear the response and for you to be shut out because of it.
I started probiotics and then told him I was using them. He asked which brand ....and said they're good ones to take. I'd consider myself proactive. I don't try everything out there because I know my meds work, but I think EVERYONE should be using probiotics regardless, considering what's in the food supply and what we pick up hand to mouth. It's a protection we need.
Now, in saying that.....there are a large number of probiotics and different strains available and in many combinations. Do the homework and seek what can work best for you if the Culturelle isn't what you feel you need. Do give them a fair try...they seem good to me.
I take mine at night before bedtime....all of them at once. I do get gas during the day from them but I have no discomfort.
That's an option for you.
Urgency won't probably be helped by them, but rectal meds will help. Have you never been on them or offered them?
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!