Crohns Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

I think diseases that have  no known cure have always fascinated me and drawn me to them. I think there are several reasons for that. First, I always have hope. I strongly believe in a higher power that can help when nothing else can. Secondly, I always want to say to those who state that nothing can be done, try some alternative medicine. Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel syndrome are 2 conditions that fall under the ‘no known cure and nothing can be done about them category’. I had a reader write me about their struggles with Crohn’s disease and I have had some problems with Irritable Bowel syndrome so I thought I would add my thoughts on them today. First let me explain what each is, from the website WebMD it states that;

“Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease. Parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers Crohn’s disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine. But it can develop anywhere in the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.

Doctors don’t know what causes Crohn’s disease. You may get it when the body’s immune system has an abnormal response to normal bacteria in your intestine. Other kinds of bacteria and viruses may also play a role in causing the disease Crohn;s disease can run in families. Your chances of getting it are higher if a close family member has it.

Secondly WebMD states that Irritable Bowel Syndrome or:

“(IBS) is a disorder of the intestines. It causes belly pain, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome is a long-term problem, but there are things you can do to reduce your symptoms.

Your symptoms may be worse or better from day to day, but your IBS will not get worse over time. IBS does not cause more serious diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer.

Doctors do not know exactly what causes irritable bowel syndrome. In IBS, the movement of the digestive tract does not work as it should, but there is no sign of changes in the intestines, such as inflammation or tumors. Doctors think that IBS symptoms are related to problems with the signals sent between the brain and the intestines. This causes problems with the way the muscles of the intestines move.

For some people with IBS, certain foods, stress, hormonal changes, and some antibiotics may trigger pain and other symptoms.”

I know the frustration of having a doctor tell you there is nothing they can really do or they give a medicine that the side effects are worse than the disease. So let me suggest the following: first, Dr. Christopher’s Lower Bowel formula is the best on the market in my opinion for getting your bowels and intestines working right again. I would recommend it for both conditions. You have to regulate it for your own body. I think Dr. Christopher recommends around 6 capsules or more a day. That was too much for me and gave me diarrhea. I mostly stick to 3 in the morning everyday. That has changed over the years, I have been using it for over 14 years, but it depends on what is happening in my diet and lifestyle as to how much I take and whether I require some at night as well. I would suggest experimenting with it and see what works for your body. It is nothing but herbs or food and it doesn’t hurt your body at all, nothing like the devastation laxatives can cause. Just remember Lower Bowel Formula is not a laxative but instead helps the digestive tract and bowels start functioning normally.

My second suggestion comes from a discovery I made when it seemed Dr Christopher’s formula  wasn’t working for me and and I was having constant diarrhea and stomach cramps. Somewhere in the back of my head I remembered reading something about pro-Biotic Acidophilus working for other things besides what I had taken it for, such as after taking antibiotics or for yeast infections. I immediately talked to one of my alternative health care resources and they said that my good bacteria was probably messed up somehow, either from stress or diet and agreed that Pro-biotic Acidophilus would help and then also suggested taking a super enzyme that would also help support a healthy digestion. The one they suggested was by a company called NOW and the product was called Super Enzymes. I took the combination for about 2 weeks and my symptoms cleared up and now Dr Christopher’s formula is working great again.

I hope these suggestions help but let me add one more thing. If you are afflicted by either condition think seriously about your lifestyle patterns, what you eat, how you exercise and sleep and the stresses in your life. I truly believe we are our own best doctors if we pay attention to what our bodies are telling us.

Good luck!

Kris

26 thoughts on “Crohns Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  1. Hi Kris

    This is an interesting perspective, and your suggestions may prove to be beneficial… and I absolutely agree with looking after ones bowl health in the way you have suggested. I do feel though, as someone recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, that I should point out that treatment is not as simple as probiotics or other formulas. Because Crohn’s is an autoimmune disease (in contrast to IBS), these options may help to manage symptoms during flare ups, but ultimately life long use of immunosupressents is the only treatment option prior to surgery (and are thus the normative treatment).

  2. Hi Anna,

    Please read my latest blog on fish oil. I think it’s benefits are amazing. I have not had Crohn’s disease so I am sure you are right about long term treatments, but if these other things can help or minimize some of the symptoms then I say why not? Maybe they can even put it in remission. Good luck, I hope things go well with you.

    Kris

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  12. Hi Chris:
    Thanks for your information on IBS.
    Common sense told me that Pro-Biotics would work. But, I haven’t tried it yet.

    My experience with IBS, sent me to the ER 3 times. I could not handle the pain.
    The only thing that Kaiser Hospital sent me home with was,”psyllium fiber?.”

    After taking a colonoscopy in the hospital, I was dealing with IBS symtoms all summer.
    I Have had symptoms from May until now.
    The pain is nowhere near a 10.

    Here is my problem and I am hoping someone could come up with some suggestions.

    I am on vicodin for pain. That takes care of the pain for the whole day. I have a coupld of BM early in the day. They are like little rocks, mostly.
    I am in pain every morning, with the chills and feel totally sick, I usually have my BM.
    A small amount. I don’t know whether I am having enough BM’s.
    I performed my own experiment with the Psyllium Fiber:
    I was taking it once a day since May. And, it certaintly does work! I have been taking it at night.
    Then when I get up im the afternoon, I have these huge bowel movements, and I feel sick like a “dog”. Then I go back to bed and take the vicodin. I just lay there waiting for the symptoms like the chills to go away.
    One of the doctors told me, that I had to have a BM every day, so I needed to take the Psyllium Fiber. But. after months of huge BM’s in the am, I stopped taking the Fiber for one week.
    I still wake up with the chills, and I am a little uncomfortable. And, I am just shooting small hard bullets. I am not suffering as much as I was when I was taking the Psyllium Fiber once a day.

    In summary, I think that the Vicodin is covering up all the pain. And, there is still these problems underneath. I was diagnosed with IBS and Diverticulosus. I am eating better and I stayed away from most foods for several months. In one-two months, I lost 40 lbs.

    I am eating more now. My appetite is coming back. I am @ 115 lbs and 5’1″.

    I am overwhelmed with speaking about this. But I am very frightened. My hospital gave me 3 different diagnosis” and that bothers me. At first it was Colitis and they put me on anti biotics. Then I went to another hospital, (Kaiser) and said I have IBS and diverticulosus.

    They gave me my pain meds and told me to talk to a nutritionist at the hospital that can only talk to me for 15 min. I am 59 years old and I am very scared.

    Is there anybody out here who can comment on my morning sickness? lol smile.
    This is the first time I smiled about this in a long time. I was thinking about pregnant woman’s morning sickness.. Am I doing right by dropping the Psyllium Fiber? I am so sick of talking to doctors. They all have different opinions. I would rather here from you.
    I am calling out for help.

    Please write me, Please.
    Thank You.
    Vicky
    [email protected]

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