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Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
hi folks! well I'm happy to say that overall I've been doing pretty good- the usual bad day here & there (about 2 per week), the occasional accident, the typical gas & mucous, my daily 4-6 formed bm's... which doesn't sound like I'm doing too well, but I really am! I've been in this holding pattern for ages now. Not getting better, not getting worse. The thing is this- I have been eating about 1500 calories a day for a while now- any more & I have big problems the next day. My weight is fairly low- I'm at 110, I am 5'5". I cannot put weight on eating the way I do, however, I am loathe to eat more due to the increased bm's. What to do?!?! !I drank so much Ensure while flaring I can barely stomach the stuff now. I usually eat breakfast either at work, or at home. A small one, maybe toast or yogurt. I guess I could try the Carnation Instant Breakfast, but I find I get really full very quickly now- a whole shake made with milk plus toast or soemthing would make me feel ill for hours. I'm at a loss. People are always saying "Oh, you're so skinny!"... and not in a good way! I don't think I look bad, but thin, yes. How do you put on weight when everytime you eat more than 400 calories in a sitting makes you ill? I eat full-fat stuff, I have ice cream often, pnut butter, pasta, plenty of carbs.... I don't know. Any ideas??? I'm not watching my caloric intake, per se, it's just that I tend to eat about 6 mini-meals a day- an apple here, a piece of toast there, some graham ctackers, couple crackers & cheese, etc. I eat a decent dinner with my family pretty much every night. I feel like I eat enough, but when I really look at the actual amounts, it's not enough. Just suck it up & be skinny? I just don't like losing any more, & I go back & forth, up a few pounds then back down.
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


quincy
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there a reason you aren't eating any meats or eggs?

Explain how it makes you ill when you eat....

You do really need to eat more food. The increased bms will eventually level out if your UC is controlled.

quincy
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bookworm21
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   

Eva Lou, I have the same problem. Drinking Ensure/Boost makes me gag and I can never finish one bottle in a day. I also eat many mini-meals per day but it doesn't seem to help.

I know that you're supposed to eat a lot of protein as well as carbs to gain weight. I try to eat at least 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter everyday along with lunch meat and eggs a few times per week.


Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I do eat meat & eggs, often! I don't like red meat, never have thruout my life, so I generally stick to turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, etc. as forms of protein. I was just throwing out some of the things I eat. Like today, I had some yogurt, an apple, I am currently eating Ritz & pnut butter crackers for lunch, & we have veggie pot pie for dinner tonight. When I say eating a lot makes me feel ill, I guess I mean overstuffed- like when you eat a huge Thanksgiving dinner (or something) & just feel too full, achy tummy, etc. I would venture to guess that protein & dairy are my 2 most eaten food groups, with fruit/veggies after that. None of the low-fat cheeses, though I do eat 2% or lower yogurt, & use skim Lactaid. I consider my UC to be controlled right now- mainly thru meds, not diet. This is something that's been going on for a while- after I lost a ton of weight while hospitalized, I have had a harder time eating enough to put it back on. I did manage to gain about 10 pounds, & that's it. I truly feel like I eat a lot- I'm never "hungry", & I seem to be eating all day. It's annoying though- many people would love to have this problem, but I don't. For example, I used to have a tuna melt & some sort of side, like baked sweet potato fries, for lunch- now I can barely choke down an entire tuna melt sandwich- I get 2/3 of the way through & I am FULL. Eating the whole thing results in gastric distress, of the overeating sort. Which then leads to increased gas that night, usually more bm's the next day- not always, but usually.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


yuckygut
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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   

eva--sounds like you are doing things the best you can to keep up your weight, do you excercise?  I started working out a bit more often, hoping that I could build a little muscle mass instead of just adding pounds and it seems to have helped, because the only way I ever gained weight before was from water weight from being on prednisone. 

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yuckygut

diagnosed 1998

now off prednisone and colazal

drink 1 Haldi daily


ucwarrior
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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Adding digestive enzymes can break down more of your meals so you get more nutrition out of the same amount of food. They also help with BM formation. It's not how much you eat-- its what you absorb that makes the difference. Also, protein-powder based smoothies made with lactaid can assist with nutritional requirements even when you are not hungry.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  


beefree
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
have you thought about cutting out dairy gluten and wheat just to see if this is contributing to amount of bm..its not too hard when you think about veges meat chick eggs salads are all naturally gluten and wheat free and certainly special products use a lot of sugars for taste and chocolate is added a lot even though dairy just a thought but i know how hard it is just to function when ya feel like this let alone trying new lifestyle changes but sometimes worth it.

pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I can tell you without even seeing you that you DON'T LOOK BAD at 5'5" and 110 lbs, that's what I weighed for all my high school yrs and even up into my early 20's before I got pregnant for the first time and although to some people that might look too thin, if you're small boned like me then I'm willing to bet that you still look good at that weight for your height (same as my height)...BTW, I'm 41 now, 2 kids later, 5'5" still and 116 lbs, I work out with cardio and weights to maintain my weight and to be healthy and aside from the IBD I feel fantastic at my weight and I promise, I do not look boney/sickly either.

From my experiance with weight (being pregnant) I'd much rather be a little too thin than over-weight any day.

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


bookworm21
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Do you all think 5 ft and 85 lbs would look bad? People always think I'm in junior high b/c I'm so small and have childish features!

Eva Lou, I have the same issues of feeling stuffed easily and having stomach aches. Sometimes I also get a little nauseous, even if I didn't eat a huge meal at the time.


Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks, everyone- I feel a bit better! According to the height/weight charts, I'm slightly underweight. I would rather be that way then overweight, but it makes it a little tough- if your weight goes down 5lbs, it's a big deal! Plus, god forbid I go into a major flare again & lose it all & then some. I think your body deals with illness & infections better when it ha a few extra pounds to work with. I have no intention of giving up gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. I have kept very detailed food diaries in the past, & have not been able to pinpoint any one food that caused me more trouble than another. Aside from the obvious- pepperoni pizza & a few beers, anyone!??!? I try not to eat too much sugar. I have been tested for celiac, with negative results. Maybe those digestive enzymes might help- I don't eat vast quantities of food, but like I said I am never really hungry. If I am, then I eat! I really think the body needs less calories to work with than we are led to believe. Again, this depends on how sedentary your lifestyle is. I don't exercise, per se, but I do get plenty of exercise daily- between housekeeping, work, & general running around, I am on the go. Well, I guess I gotta keep on trying, & just try to eat pretty high calorie meals- food that packs a punch in small amounts.  

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Terps19
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
ucwarrior said...
Adding digestive enzymes can break down more of your meals so you get more nutrition out of the same amount of food. They also help with BM formation. It's not how much you eat-- its what you absorb that makes the difference. Also, protein-powder based smoothies made with lactaid can assist with nutritional requirements even when you are not hungry.

I would agree.  I take Enzymedica DIGEST enzymes... they have Digest Gold as well- jsut a more potent form.  I would say that it helps me.
 
In general does dairy upset your stomach?  If so then try replacing the milk with Rice Dream Rice Milk.  It has calories and is probably easier for your system to digest.  You can mix brown rice protien powder and a banana in it to make a smoothie.  Those are usually a little easier to get down.
 
I do know what you mean by being sick after you eat.  I used to feel like I ate a ton of food, and then look down at my plate and only half is gone.  It is like I was burning more calories while I was eating.  At my lowest I was 115lbs and I am 5'11.  Now I hover around 135 lbs but that is after 2-3 years of trying my best to gain weight.  I also take wellbutrin which doesnt help because it makes people lose more weight than they gain.
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


Terps19
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
beefree said...
have you thought about cutting out dairy gluten and wheat just to see if this is contributing to amount of bm..its not too hard when you think about veges meat chick eggs salads are all naturally gluten and wheat free and certainly special products use a lot of sugars for taste and chocolate is added a lot even though dairy just a thought but i know how hard it is just to function when ya feel like this let alone trying new lifestyle changes but sometimes worth it.
If you are interested in this you are welcome to email me.  I have cut out all gluten dairy and wheat from my diet.  It is tough but now that I have been on it for 2 years we have some great receipes that you can have.  Gluten free cooking can be bland unless you get the right recipes.  Heck if it helps you gain weight and makes you feel better it might be worth the shot!
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


Terps19
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou said...
thanks, everyone- I feel a bit better! According to the height/weight charts, I'm slightly underweight. I would rather be that way then overweight, but it makes it a little tough- if your weight goes down 5lbs, it's a big deal! Plus, god forbid I go into a major flare again & lose it all & then some. I think your body deals with illness & infections better when it ha a few extra pounds to work with. I have no intention of giving up gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. I have kept very detailed food diaries in the past, & have not been able to pinpoint any one food that caused me more trouble than another. Aside from the obvious- pepperoni pizza & a few beers, anyone!??!? I try not to eat too much sugar. I have been tested for celiac, with negative results. Maybe those digestive enzymes might help- I don't eat vast quantities of food, but like I said I am never really hungry. If I am, then I eat! I really think the body needs less calories to work with than we are led to believe. Again, this depends on how sedentary your lifestyle is. I don't exercise, per se, but I do get plenty of exercise daily- between housekeeping, work, & general running around, I am on the go. Well, I guess I gotta keep on trying, & just try to eat pretty high calorie meals- food that packs a punch in small amounts.  


I was tested negative for celiac as well but come to find out I cant eat gluten.  Sometimes it just doesnt show up on the tests and I know that is really really annoying.  I kept a food diary and it was until after I stopped eating gluten and dairy did I notice I felt better.  It is real tricky disease.  But at any rate if you have no intention of giving it up then I wont lecture you- we are all adults and I never liked when people used to lecture me saying that their way to remission is the only way!! 

This is a great support group here and together you will find your magic remission cocktail. 


March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


AKB
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   Posted 11/13/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I was in a similar situation-- the thing that got me to gain weight, healthy weight, was eating.... OIL.

Yes, don't gag. I eat a tablespoon of olive oil in the PM and a tablespoon of flax oil at night. Oil has the most calories per gram of practically anything you can eat (mt. everest climbers take olive oil capsules with them). You can mix it up with coconut oil and borage oil as well.

All of these oils are good for you-- they are full of essential fatty acids, and if you take them in the recommended dose, they will lower inflammation in your body via the Omega 3 6 9 balance.
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis


PHARDAES
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i'm a newbie, just joined. got diagnosed october 8, 2008. probably had uc at least two weeks prior but was scared to go to doctor.

am on Pentasa - 8 pills a day and two probiotics per day. feel much better but still have bloating, even first thing in a.m. and gas and later at night some pain - but bearable. find i am always hungry, nothing really satiates me. know i am eating too much in one sitting but can't help it. have started adding oods to my diet and only real problem i had was with cheese crackers and bagel, bad reactions. however, now have had milk in decaf. coffee had bit of parmesan cheese. lost a lot of weight - over 20lbs. am only 5 feet and since started eating again (which is about three weeks) have gained about 5-6lbs.

any suggestions to easing bloating and diet?? yeah

Terps19
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
only real problem i had was with cheese crackers and bagel,

That might indicate that while you are in a flare you are sensative to gluten and dairy products. That is the case with a lot of people. You could very well be able to eat those things while in remission but maybe not while flaring. See if you can cut out diary and gluten for a week or so and see if that makes you feel better???

Probiotics and pentasa in general can cause gas and bloating. How long have you been on the probiotcs? They usually take 2 weeks for the body to get used to the new bacteria which would cause the gas and bloating.

Might want to try some digestive enzymes because you might not be digesting all your food. When you dont have semi normal BMs are they floaters? or do they sink? If they float then you definately arent digesting the fats in your foods.
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


PHARDAES
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
been on probiotics for about 4 weeks. will try to eliminate or at least reduce amount of bread, etc. though very difficult for me. what do you put tuna, egg salad, etc. on. haven't started eating raw veggies yet-at that point can use peppers instead of bread.

Terps19
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Either a corn tortilla or a brown rice wrap.... You can also make brown rice chips out of the wraps so that you can use it more like a chip for the tuna or egg salad. Trust me I know how hard cutting out bread and such... I used to think that bread was a staple for me as well... bagel for breakfast, sandwhich with bread for dinner, and usually someting bread like for dinner. But finally i just bit the bullet. Do it at your pace, if you want to do it at all, and gradually cut it out. That way your body doesnt go hru gluten withdrawal.

Dont cut out the probiotics just yet. I would cut it in half and do half in the am and half in the pm. If still gassy try just a half a dose for a week in the am or pm and then try and do two doses. You want to take it about 1 hour before you eat breakfast and about 2 hours after eating dinner. What brand probiotics are you using?
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


princesa
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Terps19 said...
Eva Lou said...
thanks, everyone- I feel a bit better! According to the height/weight charts, I'm slightly underweight. I would rather be that way then overweight, but it makes it a little tough- if your weight goes down 5lbs, it's a big deal! Plus, god forbid I go into a major flare again & lose it all & then some. I think your body deals with illness & infections better when it ha a few extra pounds to work with. I have no intention of giving up gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. I have kept very detailed food diaries in the past, & have not been able to pinpoint any one food that caused me more trouble than another. Aside from the obvious- pepperoni pizza & a few beers, anyone!??!? I try not to eat too much sugar. I have been tested for celiac, with negative results. Maybe those digestive enzymes might help- I don't eat vast quantities of food, but like I said I am never really hungry. If I am, then I eat! I really think the body needs less calories to work with than we are led to believe. Again, this depends on how sedentary your lifestyle is. I don't exercise, per se, but I do get plenty of exercise daily- between housekeeping, work, & general running around, I am on the go. Well, I guess I gotta keep on trying, & just try to eat pretty high calorie meals- food that packs a punch in small amounts.  


I was tested negative for celiac as well but come to find out I cant eat gluten.  Sometimes it just doesnt show up on the tests and I know that is really really annoying.  I kept a food diary and it was until after I stopped eating gluten and dairy did I notice I felt better.  It is real tricky disease.  But at any rate if you have no intention of giving it up then I wont lecture you- we are all adults and I never liked when people used to lecture me saying that their way to remission is the only way!! 

This is a great support group here and together you will find your magic remission cocktail. 

Same here. Negative for celiac disease, but definitely feel better when I reduce or eliminate gluten. I also avoid dairy. The two are common offenders for people with gut issues.
 
Why do you have to put tuna salad IN something? Why not serve it in a bowl or on a lettuce leaf? You can also use large lettuce leaves as wraps. I'm not a tuna fan, but I eat chicken and turkey salads as a salad, not a sandwich.
I second the suggestion to add healthy oils - fish, flax, Udo's, olive - to your diet if you're trying to gain weight. Nut butters and avacado are also calorie dense. Heavy weight training and limited cardio will help put on healthy lean muscle mass, rather than fat.


Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 

Post Edited (princesa) : 11/13/2008 11:54:43 AM (GMT-7)


PHARDAES
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
THANKS FOR INFO. ALL. THE PROBIOTICS I USE ARE ULTIMATE FLORA AND THEY ARE GLUTEN FREE, WOULD THEY STILL CAUSE GAS?, IF SO, WILL TRY AND CUT DOWN AS YOU SUGGEST. NOT ALLOWED ANY ROUGHAGE AS OF YET, THEREFORE, CAN'T EAT BROWN RICE, WHOLE WHEAT ETC. WILL TRY IN A LITTLE WHILE.

WILL ALSO START SWIMMING - USE AN ENDLESS POOL, GREAT WORKOUT AND START SLOWLY LIFTING WEIGHTS, THOUGH RIGHT NOW DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I COULD LIFT 2LBS. SLOWLY BUT SURELY, LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE WITH THIS DISEASE.

Terps19
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah all probiotics cause gas at first whether you are intollerant to gluten or not. Its just the nature of them- it should subside soon though. If not maybe you just need a different strain. Ultimate Flora is a good probiotic though it might contain fructoluctodisharides (sp?) which is a sugar that causes gas sometimes. Unfortunately it is a guessing game.
March 2005 Dx'd with Ulcerative colitis
Took: asacol, colazal, rowasa, entocort, VSL probiotic
2.14.06 Test results positive for gluten and dairy sensativity! (enterolab)
July 2006 normal c scope and biopsies
Taking: Wellbutrin 150 mg Ativan .5 mg as needed
Officially married!
Gluten Free Dairy free since May 20, 2006 and feeling great 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/13/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I do eat tons of nuts, lots of pnut butter, pretty high fat snacks. The good fats! And I use olive oil all the time. I should start downing a spoonul each night. Of course I love mopping it up with fresh bread, but the gluten thing... I really don't notice if gliuten bugs me. I don't eat carbs that often, at least, not breads/cereals. I do eat crackers a lot, with cheese or pnut butter. hhm... I guess it's worth a shot. I ate a ton of avocados while flaring, it was one of the few things I could eat w/out problems. And now, just like with the Ensure, I can barely stand to eat them. When you're living on something for months on end, it gets tough to work up the appetite for it again! I take Culturelle- have been taking it for along time now. I truly don't know if it helps- yes I'm doing ok, but I attribute that to my meds. I didn't notice any difference when I started on Culturelle, & I just figure it certainly isn't going to hurt.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


beefree
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/13/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
out of curiosity i got my dr to do a halibactor-pyloris test on me as my mother had a bleeding ulcer caused by it, i would say the only real symptom i could find was belching all the time for years,well the test came back pos and i had to take anti biotics for a week to kill it oh yeah and at the same time commenced gluten and wheat free diet since killing the bug i no longer belch and now experience being hungry before a meal rather than eating for eating sake also have better digestion and nails etc are stronger without taking a supplement so either they both made a differrence or one did but im not willing to go back to gluten diet yet to check as i have a couple of plane trips coming up so dont want to irritate the bowel beforehand actually any tips for the flight and how not to want to go to the toilet when seat belt sign goes on???????????


------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------uc diagnosed '89
100mg imuran commenced 2 wks ago
never a period of remission to speak of

pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2008 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My probiotic never caused me any gas, but I was taking my fibre therapy long before I started with my probiotic so I got rid of my excessive gas issues (and all my bloating) from the fibre therapy.

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

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