Dealing with crohn's disease and a possible solution.
by Zak Rouas
(Clermont, Florida )
I was diagnosed with Crohn's back in 1993. At that time it was very severe and as has been mentioned here, Stress plays a detrimental role for any crohn's sufferer. My Doctor cautioned me to watch what I eat and follow a strict diet plus he put me on Pentassa 50 mg*4 pills, 4 times a day. I was like this for years and my condition improved. At some point later, a friend suggested taking vitamins. So I started taking Anti- Oxidants and Omega3 fatty Acids and other vitamins. The best one that I remember was a probiotic supplement called "FLORIFY" which contains a stomach-acid-resistant called Lactobacillus acidophilus (which targets the small intestine) and Bifid bacterium lactis (which works in the colon). I benefitted enormously from this product alone to an extent that I never felt any kind of stomach pain for over 2 years. I had a colonoscopy done by my Doctor and he was amazed to see that there was no sign of the inflammation I had. He advised me to continue doing what I was doing. However, I was not able to continue ordering these supplements on a monthly basis and I stopped taking these vitamins. Unfortunately for me and despite the fact that I was watching my diet carefully, I later on had some sudden flare ups more than twice a month which caused me a great deal of abdominal pain, mainly in the intestines. After several occurrences, I began to analyze the nature of the pain and came to the conclusion that when I eat or drink something my stomach does not agree with, I immediately feel some uneasiness in my intestines. Soon this uneasiness progresses to a sharp pain caused by a gas build up in the intestines. This build up of gas blocks food or water from moving in the intestines which increases the level of acidity in the stomach. As long as the gas build up is blocked in the intestines, the Acid level increases and causes more discomfort. This can go for up to two days of severe pain. The pain subsides only after I move my bowels which usually happen till the third day.
I have recently found a relieving method that has been working great for me and would like to share it with you. I have tried it for about 5 times so far and it proved very effective. The moment you get that sudden initial sensation in your stomach and feel that the same ugly scenario is going to happen to you, then take two ALKA SELTZER tablets in a 4 ounces cup of water and drink right away. ALkA SELTZER prevents gas from building up in your intestines and also neutralizes the acid reaction in your stomach which provides a good relief that saved me from having to spend days of agony and pain. I hope this can work for you as well.