Probiotic recommendations for digestive issues

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Probiotic recommendations for digestive issues

by Hossy on Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:56 PM

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I’m 11 weeks out from whiple surgery and 1 month into chemo. Having a lot of issues with absorbing nutrition from food since it goes right through me. Oncologists don’t seem in tuned with holistic, non synthetic, options to correct this issue (diahrrea). I know chemo strips the body of necessary microbial function in the digestive track. Can someone recommend a natural probiotic brand and dosage to get this corrected. Thank you.

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by AliveInOldeTown on Fri Sep 28, 2018 03:39 PM

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I had Whipple surgery for PC sixteen years ago.  The only thing I found effective for getting nutrition from food, controlling diahrrea, painful gas etc. is Creon.  I did not have chemo after surgery, but I did have the problems you describe until starting Creon.  

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by JoyceLadouceur on Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:04 PM

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I had this problem during chemo and was told immodium would be my best friend by the oncology nurse. The dietitian told me applesauce and banana would slow things down. I tried both suggestions and this did help but the oncoligist recommended creon and I can tell you, this is something most of us whom have had the Whipple go on for the rest of our lives. For me, it straightened all my digestion problems out. 

Many blessings to you as you continue on this journey

Joy

 

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by Em123 on Thu Oct 04, 2018 02:51 PM

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Hi  Try contacting a company like Biocare who have trained nutritional therapsists on hand to give advice. Tel 0121 433 8702 or email clinicalnutrition@biocare.co.uk. They will have digestive enzymes, as do other supplement comapnies (thats what Creon is). If you can afford to go private then go to see Dr Jean Monro at Breakspear Hospital, Hemel Hempstead, she's a life-saver. They can provide IV nutrition or look for other clinics that can provide this. I had bowel surgery years ago and still have to have IV nutrition to keep myself functioning. Unfortunatley the NHS haven't got a clue when it comes to nutrition but there is lots of info all over the place now to help you.

Good Luck.

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by Bonniee on Thu Oct 04, 2018 03:07 PM

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So sorry you must travel down this road.  Blessings for your complete recovery.  With a depressed immune system, oftentimes toxins may live in the GI tract and invade and cause diarrhea.  I would ask your health care provider for a stool specimen test for C. Difficle.  Often overlooked, and may be deadly.  Something you do not want to miss.  Treated with oral long term antibiotics.  High re-occurrance rate, so may need to report course a couple of times.  Hang in there!  Blessings, Bonnie

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by carolekaplan on Thu Oct 04, 2018 08:42 PM

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I was having terrible digestive issues which were of concern . I am on chemo which causes this. I take Florastor -daily probiotic supplement. The dosage is between two tablits to four a day. I am small so I take two. It is available on Amazon prime cheaper than in pharmacies. I also find that taking a fiber supplement works wonders in controlling diarrea. Carole

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by Bonniee on Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:05 PM

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Hi Carole, 

I am an almost 10 year surviver of breast cancer.  Had the chemo and radiation.  Yes, that is a perfect pro-biotic to be on.  And yes, it is quite expensive.  I had C. Diff colitis myself in the early 1990's.  The doctors kept telling me it was irritable bowel.  I knew it was not.  It was something different.  I was hospitalized and almost lost my life before it was diagnosed and property treated.  They is life after cancer.  Good life. Blessings, Bonnie

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by steveb50 on Fri Oct 05, 2018 03:21 PM

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My husband had frequent bouts of diarrhea after esophagectomy and tube feeding.

Try drinking a small amount of metamucil.

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by toodotty on Sat Oct 06, 2018 09:58 PM

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Hi, I have had terrible problems with either diarhoea or constipation particuarly after chemotherapy.  I use Creon to help with absorbtion but also Omeprazole (PPI) which stablizes the diarhoea but you will need to experiment with dosages.

I also use raw sauerkraut (from healthfood shops) which contains zillions of gut friendly bacteria and help eradicate the bad bacteria (expect some serious wind issues as the battle commences!).  I have also become mostly vegan especially after chemo and this has got rid of bloating and constipation.  I have even managed to gain weight.  I haven't had Whipple but I am into month 7 of Stage IV diagnosis.

Totally agree with lack of buyin by Oncologists re a holistic approach, make sure you get copies of any blood test results so that you can monitor your blood counts and keep an eye out for anemia.  Oncologists will only look out for any indicators that might directly impact on chemo and certainly won't look at trends over a period of months.  

toodotty

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by denver88 on Sun Oct 07, 2018 02:41 PM

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Often Whipple patients are prescribed enzyme tablets (made from pig enzymes I understand) to help in the digestive process as the pancreas is no longer producing enough enzymes to properly digest food.  Other food that helps relates to yogurt of any type.  Experiment with plain white bread and peanut butter as this is discussed as tolerable food when digestion and diarhrrea are problems.  Stability in diet can take more than several months and for sure avoid fatty foods from my experience such as cheese, bacon, etc.  The prescription enzyeme that your oncologist can prescribe that is very benigh but common for your problem is Pertzye: a very low cost pill.

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