Does Taking Supplements Help Your Ulcerative Colitis?

Intro:

My name is Maggie. I’m 61 yrs. old, live in Oregon, near Portland with my boyfriend of 9 1/2 years I work as a part-time housekeeper and also collect disability. We lead a quiet life with our 3 cats. I knit a lot and am a vendor.

My Colitis Experience:

I was diagnosed with UC about 8 years ago because of a bad flare because I had quit smoking. I actually had UC for many years before but it was mild. Unfortunately I started smoking and quit a couple more times before I finally quit 2- 1/2 years ago.
I went on Remicade for a few months early on but had to quit because of the out-of-pocket costs even though I got financial help with the co-pay. It stopped my flare the first day of infusion. I went back on it one more time but quit again because of costs.

I also have psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and chronic fatigue.

I used Enbrel and methotrexate for about 5 years, which helped my arthritis but I was also smoking again. After the last time I quit, I went on prednisone and azathiaprine because of a bad flare. I got real sick, like flu sick and stayed that way for 3 weeks! I’d never been sick that long ever! My flare quit, I quit the prednisone, which I’d gained 10 lbs. on, quit the azathioprine. Eventually I had to quit drinking alchohol. That was in Nov. of 2009. The Enbel stopped working for my arthritis so I went on Humira. Then the following April I had a mild UC flare so I went back on azathioprine. I was sick for 8 days and on that day I came into the kitchen, feeling better, and saw the dose of azathioprine on the counter so I took it. Within an hour I had diarrhea again and was vomiting, then I knew it was the azathioprine!
I also take a lot of supplements.

Does anyone else get results from supplements,

like aloe or golden seal?

I’m just getting over the worst flare ever from medications given to me by the naturopath like anti-fungal for candida in the gut.
Colitis Medications:
Humira 40mg., bi-weekly
methotrexate 2.5 mg. once weekly
Entocort 3 mg.
The entocort for this last flare has worked well, it took a few days to kick in. The Humira works pretty well, I went off it for 7 months while seeing the naturepath, am back on again.
written by Maggie
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area
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5 Responses to Does Taking Supplements Help Your Ulcerative Colitis?

  1. Adam
    Adam January 7, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Hey Maggie, I just found this story that was written a short while ago on the site which talks a bit about Aloe, you might find it helpful:
    https://www.ihaveuc.com/before-imuran-thinking-about-aloe-elite-or-serovera/

  2. Brady January 7, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    I have ulcerative colitis and take many supplements and can honestly say that Aloe has been huge for me, along with golden seal and a multi-vitamin with plenty of vitamin D. I also take a lot of omegas to help with any inflammation. I attached a website from the company I buy them from.

  3. Blake January 8, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    I tried AMP Floracel which is the same thing as Aloe Elite I believe. I did think it helped for a bit, but my flare was so bad I opted to get my colon removed anyway. AMP Floracel was very expensive, I think it was $157 a bottle. It’s worth a try though because there are people that sware by it. Good luck!

  4. Debbie September 4, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I have ulcerative colitis which started as a result to a medicine sensitivity. I have been on Asacol from my Dr. which seems to work well. However, I get flare ups when my nasal allergies act up. It appears that the post nasal drip (mucus)causes irritation to my intestinal tract. As a result, my colitis flares up. A friend of mine (reading from a home remedies book) found a note in there about Coconut reliving the diarreha symptoms. I googled Coconut Oil and found that it has healing properties for the intestinal tract. I started taking Coconut Oil Caplets (4 a day). While I am taking that, along with my asacol, I do not have flare ups of my colitis. I am also taking monthly allergy shots (was tested and found out I am allergic to several different types of mold and rag weed) and I take Allegra daily to help control the allergy flare ups.

    Another thing that I found out helps with intestinal irritation is Green Tea. One of the things I drink when I have a flare up is Crystal Light Peach Mango Green Tea. I actually helps me feel better. I try to drink Green Tea on a regular basis and even add a tea bag with the regular tea bag when making Iced Tea.

    • Ann August 1, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      Hi Maggie, Are you still taking MSM? How are you doing with remission right now? I have been working with Bev, trying to get the supplements right. So far, I take a probiotic, L-Glutamine, Vit D, Multi Vitamin, astaxanthin, fish oil, and evoo. My bleeding has almost stopped and I feel pretty good but thought maybe if I added the MSM I might be able to nip it in the bud. I also am using a canasa suppository every night because it seems to help too until I get rid of the blood completely. I hope you are still replying to your original post. Hope you are well.

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