anyone have success taking flaxseed oil capsules?

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   Posted 6/17/2009 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
     My friend claims she was diagnosed with UC over ten years ago and only had one flare.  She credits taking flaxseed oil capsules daily.  This supposedly coats the colon.  I have been flaring off and on for almost eleven years.  Yesterday, I was tempted to buy the flaxseed oil capsules (even though my GI doctor said this will surely give ya the poops), but when reading the label noticed that it said not for people who have bleeding....uh oh.
     Anyone else have a take on this?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.

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   Posted 6/17/2009 3:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking flaxseed oil instead of fish oil for some time now, I can't say for sure if they help or not since I am taking so many other things as well. Right now I am doing pretty good without the help of any drugs. I don't notice any negative effect from them whatsoever, I was taking them when I was bleeding as well, they had nothing to do with the bleeding as the drugs were the cause of the bleeding for me.

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   Posted 6/17/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking both flax and fish oil pills 2x a negative effects.... It is worth a shot, however it hasnt cured my UC....maybe it helps a bit, at least enough for me to continue to buy them....hope that helps??
Stats:35 yr old male. UC for 15 years.
location:North Western PA
DX: Left sided UC, most recent scope 5/20/09 UPMC Pittsburgh Presbeterian
Medications:20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 100mg Imuran per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Vitamin B-12 injections weekly.
Surgeries: Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!)

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   Posted 6/17/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
no improvement on my "end"....actually I had more discomfort and loose stool.

I also have liver disease, and I suspect that oily supplements aren't good for me in general.

Omega 3 oils is the same it seems....and yes, I gave them a very fair try.

No, I wasn't flaring at the time...I just don't want to have looser stools.

*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas 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 !!!

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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried it in the beginning, before I was on oral medication, and didn't notice much improvement. When I stopped taking them, no positive or negative change.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...

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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't tried them, but there are people who get diagnosed with UC, get well, go off meds, then go YEARS without flaring again. It's rare, but it does happen. My GI told me about a patient of his who was diagnosed when he was in his 60s, but who thinks he's had UC since his 20s. Every 5-10 years, he'd have what he now thinks was a flare...diarrhea, blood, ect that would last a few weeks and gradually clear up.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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