When you are starting a new probiotic, it is not uncommon to feel bloated and gassy. This should go away after a couple of weeks. If you start thinking that whatever probiotic you are taking isn't working, don't give up on pro-bs...try another formula, brand, etc. There are so many out there that the odds are good you find one that helps, but it takes patience, and trial and error is a given. I've taken Florastor successfully when recovering from a c diff infection, Flora-Q2 as a free sample from my doc, and now take VSL#3. All of them gave me a reduction in symptoms, but they are also some of the more expensive ones.
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements:
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone ( down to 7.5mg), flaxseed oil, L-glutamine, magnesium, and vit B-12.
Trying the spinach/sunflower diet. If needed, my next experiment will be to try LDN.