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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 12/10/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I started with VSL#3 1 packet which is 450 billion some time ago. It gave me really uncomfortable symptoms like lots of gas, cramping and really bad smelling too and the stool was very very loose.
I reduced it for a while because of this but recently I actually increased the dose to 2 packets a day expecting even more discomfort. Now I have no more of the gas and the stools are fine. I guess my colon needed a little rebalancing.

Just wanted to let everyone know that its possible for initial discomforts to go away when starting probiotics.
Waiting to see if I'm cured - no symptoms since probiotics started

Probiotics 16 strains (vsl#3 + Natural Factors ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus) - 475 billion per day. Pre-biotics 1x a day. No sugar.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium

Post Edited (crazytrain411) : 12/10/2008 11:43:17 AM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 536
   Posted 12/10/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Crazy - as you know, I have been in to the VSL#3 too, for 8 days or so now. It seems to help, but clearly I need to give it more time. It has helped a bit with urgency and frequency, but not consistency of stool. Only one day of firehose D in the past week, though, which is a blessing.

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.
  •  Psyllium powder
  • Culturelle probiotic

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 123
   Posted 12/11/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been doing it for about 4 days now. I am getting some stomach cramps, but I am also seeing formed stools for the first time in a couple of weeks.
49 - male - in North Carolina near Asheville
Asacol 9/day
Citalopram (anxiety/depression)
experimenting with probiotics/ spinach and sunflower seeds
stopped: Cortenemas and fish oil

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