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Nor_TX
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone take anything like Metamucil to "keep things moving"?  I find that I've gone from going many times a day to only going a couple of times a week which cause alot of discomfort. 
I've tried probiotics... didn't do the job.
 
 
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


princesa
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
A fiber supplement - taken with plenty of water - can be very helpful. Several members here have talked about the benefits. I've had great luck with FiberSmart which provides a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber.

http://www.renewlife.com/products/fibersmart.aspx
 
You should also be drinking plenty of water throughout the day and eating a healthy diet that's naturally high in fiber, provided you're not in a bad flare.


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


AMK77
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   Posted 4/30/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI suggested Benefiber powder.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon


Serenity Now
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   Posted 4/30/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I take Metamucil and it helps a lot.
ack, 42, Vancouver BC
 
DX: UC (Pancolitis) as of Jan2009.  Symptoms first began June 2008.
Current Meds: Ferrous Sulfate, plus various supplements
Previous Meds: Jan-Mar 2009: Asacol 800 mg (1 pill x 4 daily), stopped Mar14/09. 


pb4
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI told me 5 yrs ago to take a fibre supplement daily and indefinitely which I have and will continue because it helps with many things (for me) fibre is known to aid with D or C so it helps keep you regular, it has given me nice formed stools, cut back on some daily frequency and mucus, stopped all my bloating and has relieved me of excess gas (I fart less in a day then my hubby whom doesn't even have GI issues). Fibre helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria too, it's basically essential.

In the beginning fibre supplements can bring on excess gas and bloating but this is totally normal (happens to healthy people as well) it's just your system adjusting to it so stick with it and it will pass.

But do keep taking probiotics, those have other benefits like keeping your gut flora balanced cuz IBDers tend to have bacterial overgrowth which tends to exacerbate IBD symptoms.

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


princesa
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   Posted 4/30/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
I fart less in a day then my hubby whom doesn't even have GI issues.
 
How do you keep track? turn
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 4/30/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL That's easy princesa...we count them ha ha ha ha!!!!!

Actually the only time I have farts in the day is when I'm going to poop and those are my warning farts (and I don't necessarily always fart during or before every BM either so that's nice), usually at bedtime I have to let a couple rip and before the fibre supplements kicked in I was ripping constantly all day and all night, so embarassing to leave the house like that, not an issue anymore thank goodness.

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


Old Hat
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   Posted 4/30/2009 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Too funny-- pb4 & Princesa!!!!!! Have you tried steamed veggies, Nor_TX? (Such as yams, broccoli, cauliflower-- they have a lot of fiber & you can figure out how moist/soft to steam them for maximum benefit.) / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Nor_TX
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   Posted 5/1/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I can't eat broccoli or cauliflower... way too much gas.  I also have gastritis, hernia, GERD and now I have been told I have a growth in my small bowel.  I have taken Milk of Magnesia a few times and it works quite well.

Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


Nor_TX
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 360
   Posted 5/6/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Now my doctor has told me to buy something called Miralax. I have read that it produces bloating and gas which in my opinion sort of defeats the purpose. Anyone had success with this?
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily
                   Zofran as needed


ks1905
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Total Posts : 5161
   Posted 5/6/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
You may think that I am Crazy but if I need to get things moving then I drink Diet Mountain Dew and about 30 minutes later I'm going to the bathroom. It works a lot better for me than even coffee.

--Keith
DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring
 
Current Meds:  Remicade (started April 2009)
Supplements:  Forvia multi-vitamin
 


nucid
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 5/6/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually take a stool softener. You have to drink a good amount of water for it to work. It works by adding water back into the ..... It usually does the trick within a day or two.
Female 33 Married
diagnosed January 2009
mild pancolitis
Sulfasalazine 500mg 3X

"The Lord is my Shepherd"


suebear
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   Posted 5/6/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Get out and WALK!! Exercise increases motility and it's good for your UC too!

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

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