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   Posted 8/28/2009 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been eating a lot of lot of oats lately and it seems to help, but i'm not sure. It may be my GF lactose free diet or the 6MP slightly kicking in, or a combination of everything. Oats have demulcent properties; so I was wondering if I increas my intake of other demulcents(slippery elm, mullein, marshmallow, plantain) if it would really help. I know many others talk of slippery elm, but has anyone explored more demulcents? Or even if use slippery elm or any other demulcent; how much has it helped you?
Asacol-12 a day
1 Culturelle
1 Canasa
5g Fish oil supplements
1 Vitamin
50 mg 6MP
Gluten-free and lactose-free diet

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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 3697
   Posted 8/28/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I've used the slippery elm and I think it has helped. I've used the liquid and have mixed it with water. I'm not using it right now and I seem to be doing pretty well, so I figure it's my other meds.
How long have you been on 6MP? Pending the looks of my colonoscopy next month, my doc may put me on it.
Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses a day
Cortenemas or Rowasa from time to time
VSL#3, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Canasa as needed

Eva Lou
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 3442
   Posted 8/28/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I took marshamallow root for a long time, before I was diagnosed. It did nothing for my UC. Honestly, the only things that helped were the Rowasa enemas & Asacol- which I then quit about 2 years into it, now am on heavy meds & not too thrilled about that.

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

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7150
   Posted 8/28/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
So do the puffy, white gooey marshmallows you buy in a bag in the store count? :) :)
If so, 'smores, here I come! :)
Status: Remission since May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently meds: Apriso (4 0.375g pills ONCE!! daily), mesalamine enema twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (currently tapering; 12.5 mg).

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