Reducing BMs and limits on probiotics

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ach13
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/16/2007 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
What can help reduce the number of BM's per day? Does fiber supplement helps?

Also, what's the limit on the intake of probiotics? I've read that VSL#3 has 450 billion good bacteria while the one I'm taking (Lifetime acidophilus) had 5 billion (with intake of 1-3 capsules per day). Is it ok if up the dosage to more than 3?
Ulcerative Colitis - Diagnosed: 1997 (2nd yr HS)

As of 08/14/07:
Not responding to Salofalk (stopped)
Prednisone - 7.5mg in the morning, 5mg in the evening (tapering 2.5mg/week)
AMP Plus - 10 tablets a day (6 in AM, 6 in PM)
Lifetime Acidophilus - 1 capsule/day
Pentasa - 1st day on it (500mg in AM, 500mg in PM)
5' 3" - 92 lbs
location: Philippines


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 8/16/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill :)

Just make sure you keep taking your probiotics while in remission.



ach :)

I take probiotics (primadophilus reuteri made by natures way, 5 billion CFU, which is a recommended amount to take), I don't know if there necessarily is a limit of how much one can take (I doubt it would do any harm) it's just a matter of cost wise and waste wise, if you're taking enough of what's needed, at least 5 billion I believe (it could even be less) then taking any more would be expensive and wastefull I would imagine...

as far as fibre supplements go, yes, it's very beneficial, my GI told me to take them daily for the rest of my life, always start with a small amount and only increase if necessary and very slowly...they can cause extra gas and bloating which is very normal, just stick with it daily and it will go away...for me it's bulked my stools up nicely, no constipation as with fibre supplements it aids either D or C, I go less frequently with larger deposits rather then frequently with little ones, no more mucus either...I use prodiem stool bulker, it's similar to metamucil tabs....always drink lots of water with fibre supplements...taking the supplements has also made it easy to tolerate fibreous foods, I don't get gassy or bloated after eating fibre foods.

:)


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


ach13
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 8/17/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I'll definitely try a fibre supplement to help reduce my BMs.
Ulcerative Colitis - Diagnosed: 1997 (2nd yr HS)

As of 08/14/07:
Not responding to Salofalk (stopped)
Prednisone - 7.5mg in the morning, 5mg in the evening (tapering 2.5mg/week)
AMP Plus - 10 tablets a day (6 in AM, 6 in PM)
Lifetime Acidophilus - 1 capsule/day
Pentasa - 1st day on it (500mg in AM, 500mg in PM)
5' 3" - 92 lbs
location: Philippines


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 8/17/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Just be warned, in the beginning it may cuase extra gas and/or bloating, this is completely normal, stick with it (take it everyday) and it will pass once your system adjusts (took me 3 months but was well worth it)...drink plenty of water with it and start with the smallest amount increasing only after your system has adjusted to the initial amount and very slowly with the increase, and only increas your amount if you feel it's necessary.

Definitely find a good probiotic as well, I use primadophilus reuteri made by natures way with great success.


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

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