Hi Sherry...happy to hear it calmed your gut. I've used it for almost 20 years, so I guess I can say that would be long-term.
I use it at least once a day...but I have used it up to 3 times on occasion.
You could use it at night before bedtime and see if that helps with the cramping. It could relax you enough to help sleep anyway...especially when you're tired.
You'll eventually figure out when you need it.
the OA..I can relate somewhat.
Hope you feel better soon..keep me posted about
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); 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 !!!