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Lindsay
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posted 02-15-2000 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lindsay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is my first time writing on a board, but I felt like I had to share my story. I have had IBS for 5 years and am in my mid-20's. I had tried everything. My traditional doctor just kept putting me on medication after medication. We tried propulsid, enulose, golytely and the likes. All they did was help me for a few days and then it was back to bouts of horrible constipation and diarrhea. It was afwul as I am sure you all know. He (my doctor) said that it was just something that I would have to live with. He said that lots of people have it and that it's not cancer or something serious. I could not accept that answer. Shortly after, my boss gave me the name of a nutritional doctor...not a quack...a woman with 8 years of noteworthy education behind her. It was amazing. Within 2 weeks I was doing so much better. She treated my whole person (body and soul). She changed my entire life. She put me on acidophilous, F.O.S. and lycopodium. I also try to eat an apple a day. I definitely was not getting enough fiber and water in my diet before. Now they are priorities. I can't say that this will work for you, but it certainly helped me start living again. The downside is that it is not covered by insurance in most states, but a few are catching on.

Good luck,
L

silver
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posted 02-16-2000 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silver   Click Here to Email silver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to hear you are doing better. I keep telling people to get more fiber in their diet because it's hard to do and you think you are getting enought when in fact you are not. I just started acidophilus today and was wondering how much to take? And how long before you notice any difference? The label says 1 to 3 capsules with each meal and I'm trying 2 just to be safe, what do you recommend? Any help would be appreciated

jd44
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posted 02-16-2000 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jd44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to hear these probiotics work for some folks. A few doctors and chiropractors also prescribe Ultaclear Sustain to help prepare the bowel nutritionally for the probiotics. My experience with it was negative even tho my stool tests showed an overabundance of unfriendly and severe lack of friendly bacteria. Fortunately, many other people have had very good results. Acidophilus is not the only probiotic. Some come with other probiotics in the same powder or pill. Any that are not refrigerated are, according to some docs, not alive and therefore ineffective at colonizing in the bowel. So look in the health food stores that keep them in the refrigerator. And did I learn somewhere that they should be enteric coated or applied rectally so they reach the intestines alive???? I have been able to take very small doses of dead probiotics sometimes. Never tried rectal application.

Lindsay
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posted 02-16-2000 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lindsay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I take the acidophilous and F.O.S. pills 3 times per day 20 minutes before or after meals. I also take 1 Fibercon in the morning and before bed. The American "Diet" severly lacks fiber and nutrients, so people with IBS have to work extra hard to make the right menu choices. I can't recommend how much of/or anything that you should take, but I would recommend getting a good nutritional doctor. They really think outside the box. I believe that my IBS started because of my overuse of antibiotics. I had terrible staff infections during my teen years. This led to having very little good bacteria and lots of bad bacteria. So...my case my be irregular. All I can say is that you should take a look at what you're eating, ways of coping with stress and trying to drink lots of water. If you do these things, you may be able to achieve the same kind of success. I am healthier now than I have been in a long time....and now I am regular...hallelujah : )

Good Luck,
L

moldie
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posted 02-16-2000 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lindsay, WELCOME!!!!. Antibiotics were my curse too (and maybe birth control pills)! I believe fiber and H2O is key for IBS-especially C , and acidophilis is the right way to handle those with IBS that have the bacterial over-growth problem. It took me a long time to find someone who would treat mine. I had tried acidophilis and digestive enzymes, and they worked for about a year, but being on antibiotics for adult-oncet acne at the time didn't help after awhile. Being on the antibiotic for a year really destroyed a lot of my healthy flora, and because it went unchecked for so long, I needed an antifungal (Diflucan) to get me back on track. You never mentioned a low sugar diet. Was that part of it Lindsay? What is licopodium?

SILVER!!, (and you too Joyce if your still around!) I miss you guys a lot! (okay, gals-but that sounds so old-fashioned Joyce. Is it truly a Northern thing?) Are you still chatting sometimes? I've been chatting on Mon. eves. at 8 or 8:30pm Central; as we are trying this over on the fibro board. We still get people that come though, that have IBS or IBD problems too.

I'm trying two tabs of acidophilis in the a.m. and in the p.m. now, instead of just 2 at night. This is the way I'm trying to get off the Diflucan. Hopefully it will work!!

Eskie
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posted 02-16-2000 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Eskie   Click Here to Email Eskie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been taking pb8 probiotics for a few months now. It does not need to be refrigerated and I KNOW it is working because I have very little gas and bloating.I take one capsule in the morning and one at night.

Eskie
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posted 02-16-2000 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Eskie   Click Here to Email Eskie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been taking pb8 probiotics for a few months now. It does not need to be refrigerated and I KNOW it is working because I have very little gas and bloating.I take one capsule in the morning and one at night.

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