What did your life style changes did your doctor recommend after your diagnosis of Crohns or Ulcerative Colitis and what helped you the most to improve your symptoms?
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The basic recommendation was eat low residue, and begin Lialda. Improvement was very slow, and eventual a long term course of oral prednisone was added. After a few years, I am doing a lot better. No pred, 1-2 Lialda daily. A few useful dietary modifications, like including some oat bran (for butyrate fermentation), daily probiotic supplements, and avoid mixing large amounts of dairy+sugar.
So prednisone and dietary modification have really made a difference for you? Thats very encouraging news
What probiotic supplements do you use? I have also cut out dairy and sugar.
still looking for a good probiotic supplement- any ideas?
I have used Florastor on and off for several years and it is, by far, my favourite.
Check out this presentation by Elisabeth R. Evans, MSN, FNP-BC at our recent education event. She does a great job describing the benefits of probiotics: http://www.ibdsf.org/index.php/ibdsf-events/education-symposia.
Great info- thanks for sharing.