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unclebubba
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
This was a discussion that got started on another thread... and it really didn't pertain to that thread so I figured instead or highjackin it anymore, i would start a new one.  THe peppermint idea really made sense and I took time this afternoon to hit our local GNC and all three Pharm's in town, No one has this.  I prob could get from internet. But am wonderin about just takin regular peppermint candy to settle the gurgles and flutters?  Any thoughts?  Like I said before this makes sense to me because I know we give horses alot of peppermint treats to stop their belly aches, and colic.  buyt for them we just use regular old peppermint candy.  Not sure about the sugar thing though, or the belly versus the colon part?
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink a ton of peppermint tea and I don't think it helps significantly. I have also tried taking ginger pills and they didn't help.
Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


ediekristen
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Anytime I eat peppermint, it makes me have to run to the bathroom. That's why they give you mints after dinner, not to freshen your breath (because they really don't help in that area after you eat it), but to relax your bowels and help the food and gas move through. It may help with the spasming, but I steer clear of peppermint candies now.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


ucwarrior
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Take a quality digestive enzyme combo before your meal. No more gurgles. You may even notice it tighten up your stools as an added benefit.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  


unclebubba
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Was just stating in another thread that I had found a two strain probiotic today that had alot of other enzymes in it and the Pharm assistant was checkin on things for me... will have more info tomorrow about it. I live very rural and not alot of options to buy this stuff except to drive or buy off the net, and after one episode of identity theft I don't care for buyin off the net.
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


bbc
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I gave you a link for enterically coated pepermint caps in the other thread and and explained the function of enteric coating, I also thought I mentioned candy will not work and gave you lots of other info etc etc etc...order it and try it...if you have spasms you'll like it.


Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


ediekristen
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. I'll have to check out the supplements. I get really bad spasms sometimes so who knows, it's worth a shot anyway.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


bbc
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you get them after having a BM?
ediekristen said...
Interesting. I'll have to check out the supplements. I get really bad spasms sometimes so who knows, it's worth a shot anyway.

Here's some of the info I posted for unclebuba in the other thread:

You can buy them in the health food store. Enteric coating is important not only for peppermint but also for any probiotoics you may be taking. Peppermint Oil Caps that are enteric coated do not dissolve in the stomach. Instead, they pass through the digestive tract intact until they reach the intestines. You buy them in the health food store...I use these: http://www.enzymatictherapy.com/Products/Product-Categories/Product-Details.aspx?p=08466&cid=407

Peppermint oil capsules have been clinically proven to help IBS symptoms, even in children. A recent survey of clinical trials declared peppermint oil capsules the 'drug of first choice' for IBS patients with constipation or diarrhea, to alleviate general symptoms, and to improve quality of life. For published studies, check the IBS Research Library.

Peppermint oil helps to relieve abdominal pain, diarrhea, and urgency. Menthol and methyl salicylate, the main active ingredients of peppermint, have calming effects on the stomach and intestinal tract.

Hope this helps.


Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

Post Edited (bbc) : 12/30/2008 4:44:46 PM (GMT-7)


ediekristen
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   Posted 12/30/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I get them mostly before and during... After a bm I often feel some relief, at least for ten minutes until my intestines decide "Oh wait, just kidding, get back in that bathroom!"

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


unclebubba
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   Posted 12/30/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
ty bbc... missed that in the other thread
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
diagnosed in aug 2008
30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
**********
update: down to 25 mg pred a day as of 12/25/08


bbc
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Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 12/30/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
yw
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


kim123
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   Posted 12/30/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes drink hot water with a drop or two of pure peppermint extract (found in the baking aisle in grocery stores) and find it soothes my belly. Helps relieve gas.

RobinByrd
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
ediekristen...

Could you tell me more about your long term prednisone use? I've been on 40mg for a year and a half and successfully down to 20mg but that's in addition to the Remicade...and I don't see me getting of the roids any time soon.
How much were you on and for how long? Can you tell me more about your permanent side effects?

Thanks!
: ) Robin
Dx-May 2007  Asacol-2400mg bid  Prednisone-20mg  Remicade-4 Tx
Paxil-40mg  Prilosec-bid  Multivitamin  Moderate/Severe Pancolitis
28 year old Mommy of a 1 year old and a Wife for almost 2 years!
Life has never been so sweet!  I appreciate the small things in life...the little joys that occur every second of every day.  Though we struggle and have crazy complications, nothing can over ride our love and happiness.


bbc
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Kim, watch out for that stuff as it contains like 98% alcohol
kim123 said...
I sometimes drink hot water with a drop or two of pure peppermint extract (found in the baking aisle in grocery stores) and find it soothes my belly. Helps relieve gas.

Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!

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