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Ive read a lot about apple cidar vinegar promoting healthy bowel habits, and curing people of a lot of different health issues like diarrhea, constipation, skin issues, breathing difficulty, etc. Does anyone have any success stories for ACV helping with IBS? Its often listed as a "cure" (ha! what cure) for IBS. I have crones disease (bad) and of course IBS comes hand in hand with my crones. Lately due to trying a multi vitamen my stomach and bowels have been off the wall. Major urgency, constipation (which i never have) lots of mucus and gas. Ive had a bad month. Id love to give ACV a try for the recommended dose: 1 tbl spoon am and pm in a glass of water. I feel like i have tried everything from fish oil, to flavanoids (which gave me some improvement, but still urgency) probiotics, fiber, vit D, you name it, ive tried it. Any feedback/suggestions/comments will really help me make up my mind as far as giving this one a try! Thanks a million!
 

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IBS doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with IBD/Crohn's. Are you sure you have both? I agree the constipation is not usually IBD-related but are you on any meds right now for your Crohn's that could be causing new or different symptoms or patterns? ACV is one of those things that seems to work for some IBSers. As for us IBDers, I've not heard of it being helpful. I've tried it, and I do have both IBD/UC and IBS, but it hasn't helped. Be sure you're talking to your GI about any new symptoms with the Crohn's, it could mean your disease is changing, or a med your taking is changing, etc. People with IBD need to be more aware of their symptoms changing and keep in better contact with their doctor about these changes. If you don't like your GI or feel he/she is helping you then you need to find a new one. Whether you try the ACV is up to you. But, I'm not sure I'd introduce something new if you're already having new and different problems. But, it's your call. Good luck,ElizabethIBD Forum ModeratorP.S. You may want to visit the IBD forum on this site.
 

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Thank you so much for your reply! I assumed i had IBS because of how sensitive i am to different foods, frequent BM's, gas, bloating, etc. I just assumed that was what i had. On top of chrones. My GI Dr is ok... nothing special. Dont love him, dont hate him, but then again.. ive never had a GI dr that has ever done wonders for me. Im not on any meds currently. Ive been taking the holistic approach by trial and error with supplements, etc. Ive done therapeutic massage, and accupuncture. Id rather be on all natural things rather than meds that will cripple me in 20 years. I will also post my ad on the IBD forumThanks!!! Any other words of wisdom is appreciated
 

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Well. I wouldn't assume your sensitivities to food, frequent BM's, bloating, etc. are IBS. They could be, or they could be part of the IBD, which can also cause leaky gut syndrome which can cause food intolerance, etc. I do have both - IBD and IBS. But for me, the IBS which consists of D and multiple bathroom calls is completely brought on by outright stress. My GI diagnosed me with both about 5 months apart. If I were you I focus more on getting my IBD/Crohn's under control. That's what I focus on and it typically helps with the IBS also unless I'm just stressed beyond reality. I understand what you're saying about medications and agree with your philosophy of holisitc approaches. That said, with IBD, it is an auto-immunde disease and there are time when medications are a God-send and very helpful in getting a flare-up under control. I saw that you posted on the IBD forum and I'd suggest that you read older posts over there by Patman, OppOnn, Overitnow, and me -IBD/IBS author. We've all gone the dual route of Western and Eastern medicine, we've all changed our diets drastically, etc. People who have IBD dont' always end up taking Rx meds., but I'd say those of us who don't at some point or another are few and they almost all seriously change their diets. ACV might be a part of the changes that could work for you but it isn't going to cure the IBD from what I know, have heard, and have tried. If ACV cured IBD we'd all be ecstatic and wouldn't need a board like this. It's a process you'll have to go through to see what is going to help you and work for you. We all have ups and downs, good patches and bad. I'm just now working with a new nutritionist who is also an enzyme therapist and an Ayurvedic specialist and his protocol so far has made a huge difference for me. That said, I'm still taking my IBD medication and he agrees with that protocol, for now and my GI is okay with what I'm doing with the nutritionist because it's helping. I think reading through the IBD forum is the most help we can give you to start. There's a good amount of info. there and once you read through when you come up with other questions or concerns we'll be happy to help you as we can. Cheers!E.
 

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hating, I don't know how long you tried the flavonoid supplements; but it did take me a year plus to finally reach a "treated" level with my D. I don't know if I would have continued to take them that long without the cardio problems to propel me; but if there was any sign of improvement in the short run, you might reconsider taking them again for a longer period.My best to you.Mark
 

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I have been taking grape seed extract with flavanoids, and it did firm up my BM to the point that i rarely have D anymore. But i do have a lot of mucus, and urgency. Im in the bathroom like 15 times a day thinking i need to do a BM and only end up with mucus. I think its my overactive gut telling me that i need to go but nothing has processed through to make me go. I did see a good reaction to flavanoids, and will go back on them. I had a mini flare up from a multi vitamen a few weeks back that sent my stomach into a frenzy for the past few weeks. Its now just starting to calm down and i will go back on the flavanoids.
 

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Urgency was the last thing to go and the first thing to return when I first tested myself by stopping the supplements; but there was always "something" behind it.Mark
 
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