Some time ago I bought some VSL#3 probiotics to see if it helped the gastric problems, and said I'd report back.
First of all, a period of having difficulty getting anything down meant I didn't take it ( that stuff is too expensive to waste). Now, I've got through the best part of a month's worth. Please note my problems are swallowing, only being able to eat small amounts of very soft food, and my stomach emptying very slowly. The previously drastic weight loss has slowed, and only problems with the bowels seem to be due to the Butrans patches and very seldom co codamol, which used to be sorted by yummy lactulose.
Used to be, because the, ermm ....regularity and efficeincy of the bowels are rather textbook superb. No lactulose for some time, and bear in mind the pain meds are very constipating. Is this a result of the VSL#3? Not a clue. In terms of the upper gastric problems, I can tolerate a wider range of soft food. Nothing acidic, coffee, or the teeniest bit spicy still. The best part of three years like this means I only have desperate cravings sometime and know it's not possible. I still need 2 omeprazole twice a day, but some progress.
Buy more? I'm going to wait and see. If I go backwards, I definitely will. It's very expensive, but my food bills are small.
Thus endeth my report. 😋