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Katie Rose
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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had UC for approx 15 years. My symptoms have been sporadic and unlike alot of sufferers I had constant constipation and small bm's, never got any relief(if you know what I mean). I recently started taking magnesium, 250mgs in the am and 250mgs at night and have noticed a marked improvement in my bm's. Been going twice a day (which is a relief in itself :)) and not much cramping or bleeding. The bloating is gone, and I'm feeling great. Just wondering if anyone else has had this experience? Hoping it will last. :-)
PC

Female 45 years old.
Diagnosed with UC since 1994 Lower left side
Currently taking a multi vitamin and Asacol 3 tabs 3 x's a day.
Tried: Probiotics, Fish oil, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Sulfasalazine


subdued
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   Posted 4/10/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. There are some people who are on the spinach and sunflower seed diet for this very reason.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.

Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)


Katie Rose
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 4/10/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmmm spinach and sunflower seed diet? Can you tell me more about it??
PC

Female 45 years old.
Diagnosed with UC since 1994 Lower left side
Currently taking a multi vitamin and Asacol 3 tabs 3 x's a day.
Tried: Probiotics, Fish oil, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocortisone Enemas, Sulfasalazine


emory
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 4/10/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
PC --

Since the new year, I've also been taking a small amount of magnesium every day -- about 300 mg total. If I take too much, my stool seems to get too loose. I'm taking it to help prevent migraines, but it does seem to be good for UC in general.

If you do a search, you'll find a bunch of threads on the spinach/sunflower seed diet; it's a popular topic!

emory
41, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008. Still flaring? Not sure.
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories (tapering) and 1 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories (tapering) and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg (off as of 3/20/09), and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety (clonazepam as needed)
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Had some success with acupuncture
Osteopenia and other assorted ailments


suebear
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   Posted 4/10/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, magnesium is great for relieving people of constipation.  I would far rather take the magnesium tablet than follow the spinach and sunflower seed diet!

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Zippy123
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Total Posts : 735
   Posted 4/11/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I could be wrong but doesn't magnesium cause you to have BM's almost like a laxative effect?
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