Anyone out there try flaxseed oil capsules for UC?

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   Posted 9/13/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
     My friend was diagnosed with UC several years ago and swears that taking three flaxseed oil capsules daily with meals has kept her in remission.  She gave me a bottle of them and I am too chicken to take three a day, but have started taking one a day.  My GI said it "wouldn't hurt" and I take that as an A-OK to take it.  My friend said it is supposed to "coat" the lining of the intestinal wall.  It sure helps the poo to slide right out...ewwww....did I say that?  But I am still bleeding with the bowel movements.  I'm still on all my meds...Colazal, prednisone, 6MP and Canasa suppositories nightly...along with Calcium, probiotic, daily vitamin, fish oil capsule...ugh, can't believe I swallow all that stuff.

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   Posted 9/13/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
anything that helps is a good thing i guess but where do you get flaxseed oil capsules? all ive heard of is my friend deanna used to put it her cereal to help control appetite for her diet but that was direct flaxseed not the oil
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   Posted 9/13/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never tried flaxseed oil capsules myself but my first instinct is to assume that it might be trying to do the same thing as the fish oil that you already take.  They are both derivatives of omega 3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties on their list of benefits.  It couldn't hurt to add them I'm sure, but you might be able to just up your fish oil intake and get the same results? 
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   Posted 9/13/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Just know that fish oil and flaxseed oil are both anticoagulants (thin the blood).
Too much can easily be ingested.

I don't take either fish oil or flaxseed oil...I bruise too easily already.

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   Posted 9/13/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that flax seed and fish oil are basically the same thing, only the flax seed oil isn't as strong as the fish oil. I have an allergy to fish, so I was hesitant to try fish oil, so I tried flax seed oil for a while and didn't notice any particular change. After someone assured me that fish oil caps were not the same as eating salmon, I tried fish oil, and aside from some fishy burps, they didn't do much for me either. You can get either at just about any drug store - WalGreens, KMart, WalMart, Target, grocery stores, or any vitamin store. Keep in mind Heather's warning, but go ahead and try it. If it helps, great!
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   Posted 9/29/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had colitis since Dec of 2006 and i was placed on medication which really did nothing but supress d symptoms 4 a while. Well dont talk about the side-effects. But a family friend heard about flaxseed and coconut oil which is very good. I've been using them since November 2007 and I came off the medication the same time. I've only had 1 flare up since and that was because I got careless. I am happy with this natural medication.

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   Posted 9/29/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been taking fish oil since I was released from the hospital. I just added flaxssed oil. I am curious Qunicy, when you say it thins the blood, does that mean I can be seeing more blood because I am on these supplements.

If they do help with inflamation...isn't that a good thing?

ulcerative proctitis - march 05 diagnosed
current status - trying to see what works!
hospitalized - 3/08 for 6 days of IV steriods
colazal - 9 pills  asacol - 12 pills, canasa 2x per day, nightly hydrocortizone enemas
fish oil, flaxseed oil, calcium w/ vitamin d 2x a day, prenatal vitamin plus extra vitamin c and b12 complex

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   Posted 9/29/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
     Heard from another friend that the flaxseed oil capsules may cause diarrhea.....oh great.  I stopped them but continue with the ground flaxseed (1TBS) mixed in with my cereal in the morning.

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.

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