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Michelle8871
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I noticed that some people take psyllium
I always thought it was used for constipation.
I guess I must be wrong cool
Can anyone share with me why they are taking it and the results from it.
Thanks!
Newly diagnosed August 2008
Currently on 15mg prednisone, 12 Asacol per day, Mesaline enema nightly,Multi vitamin, Omega 3 and Calcium
Realizing that disease is a real pain in the ass!
Mother of a 5 year old and 12 old trying to get through each day with a smile on my face!


Mitzo
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Total Posts : 536
   Posted 10/10/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Psyllium absorbs water and bulks up the stool, so it helps keep things moving but also will pull stuff into a formed stool and reduce D. It helps constipation or D. I have been taking it for years. There are two kinds in bulk form here - psyllium husks, which are OK, and can be taken on a spoon followed by water, and psyllium husk powder, a finer cut, which seems to work better and needs to be stirred into a glass of water. Both have to be taken with LOTS of water so they move along the digestive tract.
21 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.

 

  • 2 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Psyllium powder
  • Culturelle probiotic


Michelle8871
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 10/10/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mitzo....Have you ever taken it in a pill form? Curious as to those results.
I appreciate the info
Newly diagnosed August 2008
Currently on 15mg prednisone, 12 Asacol per day, Mesaline enema nightly,Multi vitamin, Omega 3 and Calcium
Realizing that disease is a real pain in the ass!
Mother of a 5 year old and 12 old trying to get through each day with a smile on my face!


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 10/10/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I buy Prodiem (in Canada) it's a stool bulker/fibre supplement and it contains pysillium, Prodiem is similar to metamucil.

My GI instructed me to take it everyday and indefinitely, it's helped tons with bulking up my stool (with it containing a small amount of laxative this helps to not get constipated and have a movement with ease), because of this it has also cut back many of my daily bm's, it's also cut the mucus out, best advice I've ever gotten from a GI.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


burnabygirl
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 205
   Posted 10/10/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Metamucil capsules. My GI doctor suggested me to start with 1 capsule everyday with breakfast. I saw result the next day--formed stools. I found that I needed to take more because I still had loose stools. Now I'm taking 2 capsules morning and night. This 'dosage' seems to work best for me.
Ulcerative proctitis diagnosed in July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Entocort enema. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, psyllium capsule (Metamucil) and bee propolis.


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 10/10/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Too harsh for me. I think you can get used to it, though, like eating beans.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 2400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy, dairy-free diet. Replete probiotic. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? 
Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & now recovering from irritation scope caused. Will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 10/10/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
With taking fibre supplements you can expect to have excess gas and bloating which is normal and happens to healthy people as well, this is just your system adjusting and it will pass (took my system 3 months to adjust but it was well worth it)...no pain, no gain.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 10/10/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, you have more than 10,000 posts?!
OK, maybe when I feel I'm recovered from the c-scope and get used to my new probiotic (Forte) I'll try some...
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 2400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy, dairy-free diet. Replete probiotic. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? 
Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & now recovering from irritation scope caused. Will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 10/10/2008 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL, Peety are you saying you'll take my advice because I have over 10 thousand posts???? I just gab a lot he he he, seriously, glad that you're going to get on probiotics, the sooner the better and definitely give fibre supplements a go, remember it can take some time to adjust but you have to stick with it in order to benefit and hopefully you'll find improvements with it...my GI told me to take it daily and indefinitely, it's been about 5 yrs now and I'm still sticking with it.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Mitzo
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 536
   Posted 10/10/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Never took psyllium as pills, just bulk. At the health food or bulk store it is ridiculously cheap out of the bin, much cheaper than the Prodiem that someone else mentioned here, but as effective or more so.
21 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.

 

  • 2 500mg Pentasa a day
  • Psyllium powder
  • Culturelle probiotic

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