Tried a few probiotics, which one to try next?

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   Posted 7/6/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am getting a bit tired of wasting my money, so I would love some input about which probiotic might be a good one to try next.  I have tried a few so far-first was Flora Q.  It was fine-no issues taking it or anything, but it didn't really *do* much.  Next was Digestive Advantage.  It didn't do much either, and I had some uncomfortable gas on that one. (after the initial first few weeks-I always give a probiotic at least a month before I decide it isn't a good fit)  Then I tried Align.  That was the worst of all of them for me.  I was in constant discomfort from that for a full month, then finally when I stopped taking it, the discomfort went away too.
I am doing pretty well with my current protoccol, though this most recent course of antibiotics sent me off course a bit, and my periods seem to do the same, albeit temporarily, so I would like to be in the habit of taking a probiotic anyway.
Suggestions on what to try next???  Thank you!!
34 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages almost 4 and 2.5
Diagnosed in 2007
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   Posted 7/6/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't think you can expect improvement by taking a probiotic.  Good bacteria is beneficial for the gut but there isn't much to show that it improves UC symtpoms.  I started taking probiotics when I was a teenager (long before I was dx with UC) and continued to take them through my UC years and now into my jpouch years.  I never noticed any improvement with UC but I have noticed improvement with my pouch.  There are hundreds of varities so you can continue to experiment.


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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   Posted 7/7/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had success in controlling my UC using Natren brand probiotics.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalizine (2 g) (1 g) (500mg), Rowasa (now and then), Folic Acid (1 mg)
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.

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   Posted 7/7/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I really like Dr. ohhiras essential formula. I use that and culturelle.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
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   Posted 7/7/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
The primary demonstrated benefit of probiotics for UC is that they do seem to help prevent c. diff infections, especially when you're on antibiotics. However, they're good for your digestive health in general.

I use Primadophilus Reuteri by Nature's Way. It also promotes healthy vaginal flora and helps prevent vaginitis.
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   Posted 7/7/2009 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Custom Probiotic's six strain powdered blend was the probiotic I credit with helping me get out of my initial two year severe flare when I was diagnosed. I've also had good results with Natren's products. I'm currently using Natren's Healthy Trinity capsules.

If you've ever been on broad spectrum antibiotics (most of us have), take birth control pills, take steroid meds and/or eat a diet high in carbs and sugar, chances are you'll benefit from rebuilding healthy gut flora. All of these things I've mentioned either kill off the good gut bugs or encourage the overgrowth of potentially bad gut organisms.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.

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