Thank God for Probiotics

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   Posted 9/11/2007 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
After suffering a lot last year and tapering off of Prednisone late in the spring from a nasty flare, ive been for the most part in remission. I do get joint pain from time to time but my levels of inflammation (ESR has gone down from around 95 to 34 since the spring) so all in all better. I just wanted to post that I really think that the probiotics is helping to keep me in remission. I take GoL Primal Defense twice a day. I think after using it for over a year the flora has gotten back to being good. I can eat most anything now, drink occassionally with no problems and see that in remission food has reallly not played much of a role. Of course I do get more d when I eat greasy fried foods but nothing to gripe about compared to the way things were. Luckily dont see any blood since being in remission which is key for me as I was very anemic. I am down to 5 colazal / day and plan to stay at this dose for a long time. For any newcomers would highly recommend staying on your meds no matter what, even if you think you are getting better. Just didnt think I would get this well after being so sick last year and first part of this year. I take it for granted now feeling good most of the time and hope things continue to improve. Just wanted to see what others thought about what is helping to stay in remission and if probiotic is also a part of the strategy. Thanks
- 29 y/o male living in the DC Metropolitan region
- UC diagnosed - April, 2006 - symptoms came on sudden
- GI could not determine type of UC as I was too inflamed during the colonoscopy
- Completed 3rd Prednisone taper on 4/13/07 - Tapered from early January through mid-April after being hospitalized from a bad flare with anemia & severe joint pain.
- Currently in remission
- 6 Colazal/day, 1 Multivitamin, Fish oil, Primal Defense Probiotics 2/day, Iron supplement when bleeding
- Use small dose (5-10mg) of prednisone occassionally to manage joint pain

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   Posted 9/11/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics play a key role in achieving and maintaining remission because they help get gut ecology back in balance. That said, I've heard mixed reviews on Primal Defense. I've even run across some outright warnings. You may want to check this out...

When I tried it - before reading any warnings - it seemed to help me at first, but then I got rapidly worse, but others - like yourself - seem to do well on them.

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Possibly misdiagnosed
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps

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   Posted 9/11/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Probiotics are fantastic!!!! Every IBDer (and IBSer) should be on them indefinitely...a good one that is.

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

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   Posted Yesterday 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
what kind do you take pb4

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   Posted Yesterday 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
Probiotics are fantastic!!!! Every IBDer (and IBSer) should be on them indefinitely...a good one that is.

How do we know what's a good one?
12 Asacol
100 mg Imuran
6 or 9 fish oil pills
4 Acidophilus pills
4 Caprylic Acid pills

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   Posted Yesterday 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I read they should have at least 10 billion live bacteria per dose to be effective. The one I take is made by Natural Factors and has 10 billion live cells per dose.
Sandra, age 34
Diagnosed December 2006 with UC (proctitis)
Asacol (800mg x 2),Salofalk suppositories (as needed)
Vitamins E, C, B complex, magnesium
Omega 3/6 supplements (500mg x 2)
Probiotic x 2
Milk thistle

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   Posted Yesterday 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The one I take has 5 billion which works quite well (it has guaranteed intestinal release)...a good one means it does NOT contain a bunch of additives, sugar, sugar alcohols, artificial sweetners, preservatives, dyes ect...primadophilus reuteri (which is the one I take) contains only a little potatoe starch for preservation.

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

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted Today 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I will take probiotics for the rest of my life.  They have definetely helped me with the D although they haven't seemed to help much with bleeding.  Maybe I need to try another brand.
UMDTerp2001 - congrats on remission.  I so want to get there also so I am looking for anything to help.  What did you mean by your inflamation levels ESR?  How is that tested?
left-sided UC
400 mg Asacol 4 pills 3 times/day lialda 1 pill 4 times/day
making some very light attempts using Rowasa enemas
iron supplements 3 times/day
multi-vitamin 1/day
Digestive Advantage Colitis formula 1/day

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted Today 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
study after study shows UC'ers deficient in the bifido- branch of colonic flora (makes sense as bifido is what predominates in the large intestine). So make sure your probiotic of choice has bifido's in it. My favorite: KyoDophilus and Nature's Way Bifidus

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.


Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis

Colitis Kid
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted Today 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Primal Defense has been a savior for me. Ive had UV for 8 years and for the last 2 years ive been flaring badly. I started taking primal defense teice a day for the last month and i havent had one bloody bm. It's a mircale, almost too good to be true. Plus, I just got into med school and im taking extremely stressful classes which should induce stress... but miraculoudly i havent had a flare....

i reccomend it... ive been on steoids forever and im about to taper off next week... its worth to give it a try

peace all
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