Should I do a colon cleanse while in Remission?

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fitmom00
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   Posted 5/8/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been in remission for about a year and would like to do an herbal colon cleanse. I'm doing it for health reasons and just feel like it would help me feel more rejuvenated, help lose a few pounds and basically just "cleanse." I'm concerned that it would somehow instigate my UC again. Does anyone have experience with this?
Renee
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Current status: In Remission since June 2008

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet


pb4
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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Honestly, I wouldn't, not that I've ever been in remission but if that miracle ever happend for me I wouldn't do a clense, have you ever done one before?

From what I've read/heard, it's really not necessary and can actually do more harm than good because it can change the PH balance in your colon and bring on problems, plus I've been told by many docs that having a bowel movement is the best and natrual way to cleanse your colon out...just like douching, women shouldn't douche since there's really no benefit, we're designed to naturally cleanse ourselves that way too (with dishcharge) and douching can actually cause yeast infections cuz again you're messing with the natural PH balance of the vagina.

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jano437
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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't.
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
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fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally, I never would do a colon cleanse, even if I didn't have UC. I've heard they are unnecessary and potentially dangerous even for people with normal colons. It's entirely possible that the cleanse could cause irritation, and I think (I haven't talked with my doc about this, so I'm not sure) that our colons are more sensitive than people who don't have UC.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


subdued
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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I did a cleanse after my last flare. I think it was a liver cleanse. It wasn't one of those scam cleanses that show photos of gross stuff.

I bought the cleanse at Whole Foods. I checked the ingredients. Everything was healthy for the body and organs. I remember turmeric was listed as one of the ingredients.
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)


Sara14
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   Posted 5/8/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I would NOT do a colon cleanse.
25 years old; diagnosed March 2007;
Currently: persistant rectal inflammation
Asacol, 4 tabs, 3xday; Rowasa nightly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; Primadophilus Reuteri; sublingual allergy drops; Ortho Tri-Cyclen


AMK77
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   Posted 5/8/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
You know how the saying goes..."if it ain't broke..."

I wouldn't want to give my colon any reason to act up!
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


subdued
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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
But our digestive systems are broken.

I found the liver cleanse to be beneficial. Of course, it didn't cure my condition. But it made things better. I was able to stop taking Beano and to reduce my dosage of Lactaid after the cleanse.

It is important to read the ingredients. I should have mentioned that I won't take or do anything that causes diarrhea. Many colon cleanses can cause diarrhea. I did a colon cleanse once a few years ago. It didn't give me diarrhea. I did a liver cleanse after my last flare. I didn't want to risk getting diarrhea, and I had already done a colon cleanse; so I didn't think it was necessary to do it again.
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)

Post Edited (subdued) : 5/9/2009 1:14:14 AM (GMT-6)


Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/9/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I personally would not do a colon cleanse- there is so much information out there that shows them to do more harm than good. But aside from that, all the factual info which proves these "cleanses" to be ridiculous, the obsession with "cleaning" one's nbody is totally puzzling. The body is a self-cleaning organism!!!!! and I know the arguments- "Well, we eat such junk now, it's not designed to clean out Doritos & the like". Bull..... you ask any doctor, your PCP, GI etc. about cleanses & they will all concur that there is no need. I'll stick with my dirty polluted body, thanks though. the only type of "cleansing" regime I think is helpful is either a colonoscopy prep or fasting. which doesn't really clean, but does let your GI tract slow down & flush stuff out. I fast every now & then, just to give my body a break.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/9/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't do it either, I agree with the others.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


fitmom00
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   Posted 5/9/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of your replies. After some thought, I'm not going to risk it. I think I'll just do a more natural cleanse, maybe a fruit/vegetable fast for a day or so to let my body relax from having to digest the "harder stuff" -- Perhaps more of a "detox" than a "cleanse." I'm due for my colonoscopy soon, so I guess I could just use the prep day to count as a cleanse - it sure as he** cleans me out! LOL.
Renee
Diagnosed w/ UC in August 2007
Current status: In Remission since June 2008

4 Lialda/day maintenance, healthy diet


quincy
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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
You could just try to eat healthier, add fruits and veggies and fibre to your diet.

We do underestimate the actual ability of the colon....it's a bit of a process,but trying to eat regularly, a bit more often so that to not have the digestive system to digest huge meals infrequtly, will help get the colon get its regular exercise.

Change your diet....the cleanes are a perceived easy fix for wrongs probably not happening.

It's a process that you'll see overall.

Besides, what would you do after the cleanse? How would you eat? If you do the cleanse and not change anything else, seems a waste of effort for your body to go through. What you don't want to do is get your colon worked up over nothing.

quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


jujub
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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
At best, "colon cleanses" are a popular way to separate you from your money. At worst, they can do damage. It's your body and your right to do as you wish, but IMO colon cleanses are not necessary.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. 
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
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Peety
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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Wouldn't do it. It's not a natural thing to do to yourself, no matter how it's promoted.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ 


subdued
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   Posted 5/9/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
You really shouldn't judge all products badly just because there are some scam artists out there. Many of the ingredients in the liver cleanse (which was also a detox) I took had anti-inflammatory ingredients, plus ingredients known to be good for the body. I would never take anything that is harmful.
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)


bbc
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   Posted 5/9/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
You can always just ask your GI but I doubt he/she would endorse it...happy you have been in remission for so long and with just mesalamine...very encouraging.
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4/2)
Corti Foam p.m. 3-4X per week
Curcummin and Probiotics/Rueteri.
Bowel Soother and IntestiNew, Fish Oil, Calcium/Mag/Zinc, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Eliminated Fructose and Corn Syrup
Could never tolerate artificial sweetners
I try to excersice/swim daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
 
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subdued
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Of course, your GI probably would not endorse it. His/her education probably did not cover herbal medicines.

My boyfriend's mom's (who has microscopic colitis) doctor didn't even tell her about probiotics. When I told her about them, she replied, "Why should I take probiotics, I'm already taking antibiotics." When I explained what they were, she said that she only takes what her doctor advises her to take. I think the idea of putting bacteria back into the colon, even if it is good bacteria, is Voodoo science to her.
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)

Post Edited (subdued) : 5/10/2009 10:59:00 AM (GMT-6)


Yujin
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   Posted 5/10/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I just did a Colon cleanse last week. It did not do any harm to me. I just did the 10day cleanse by drinking REDJUICE every night. its like drinking natural juice extracts..
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"

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