Posted 24 August 2019 - 02:04 PM
But, Im always wondering if its the right move - to stop a probiotic that produces bad results. So, my question is: how long a chance should you give a probiotic before giving up because its causing D?
I dont feel like Ive ever found a good answer to this question anywhere. Ive just seen a lot of conjecture about herx-ing and potentially having good and bad bacteria battling for territory in your guts. Or about pushing through a transition period...
I could keep going with any probiotic that doesnt seem to agree with me at first, but how long should I give it? How long is fair to say: it just doesnt work for me? Or should I just go with my bodys initial reaction: its making me worse, stop taking it?
Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:34 PM
I would give it a couple weeks. That said, I've tried all kinds of probiotics and none have ever helped. Hope you have better luck.
Posted 24 August 2019 - 05:30 PM
Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:00 PM
Maybe put a call in to your doctor. He would give the best advice. I know with fiber they always say to start slow but probiotics I don't know.
Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:23 PM
Posted 07 September 2019 - 05:27 AM
Never had D from probiotic.
At worst, they have zero effect.
At best, I have an improvement of varying degree,which lasts for as long as I take the probiotic.
Posted 09 September 2019 - 09:41 AM
In my experience, not all probiotic strains 'work' for what I need. You want as broad a spectrum as possible. Even then, once you stop taking it, the effects will stop unless you take something like kefir (which can actually repopulate the gut) and that you need to take for a very long time for it to repopulate. Unless you do kefir enemas (read Dom's kefir site).
Posted 18 September 2019 - 08:54 PM
From a scientific standpoint, I think you must consider that probiotics are only speculated to help symptoms.
Since IBS is largely your own psychology causing physical abnormalities in digestive motility and sensation of pain, the mechanism of action for probiotics will only work to help if #1) You believe they will work (placebo effect, but also enhances real effect). #2) You have candida overpopulation or bacteria overpopulation in the small intestine.
If your stomach issues are caused by bacteria, probiotics will repopulate good bacteria to battle the candida or other bad bacteria that is causing inflammation or giving you a flareup. Studies done on the effectiveness of probiotics on IBS-D usually have patients take the dosage (which varies) for about 6-8 weeks.
Some studies give a positive correlation, and some say no effect.
from the studies I've read, probiotics are helpful for symptoms like pain and inflammation, but not shown to be effective for Diarrhea UNLESS it is caused by bacterial overgrowth, or is "travelers diarrhea". More studies need to be done.
If your IBS-D is more related to stress, there is a chance that probiotics will not help you, but it never hurts to try.
Posted 23 September 2019 - 02:55 PM
I never had any luck with probiotics. I felt they often made me worse, and I've tried multiple brands and strains. Doctors have no clue about any of this. 10 years ago they discounted probiotics and wouldn't even recommend them. Now they offer it as a solution.
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Posted 21 October 2019 - 05:17 PM
b coagulans and some other soil based probiotics are meant to be better for diarrhea than lacto bacteria