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Meredith (Greensboro, North Carolina) on 08/05/2014:
I am 24 years old, was diagnosed at 8 and have been in "remission" since a small bowel resection since I was 17. I haven't had any flare-ups since then, but I have had to deal with constant diarrhea and the occasional bout of weirdness that my doctors don't know how to deal with. (for example, over the course of several months last year somehow I lost 2/3 of my total blood volume, zero pain, zero injuries, zero idea how it happened*. Isn't this disease full of wonderful surprises?)
I stumbled across Kratom while looking for natural cures for depression. Kratom is a plant from Southeast Asia that has been used as a medicine for centuries.
After a little trial and error with different varieties, I eventually discovered that taking 2 tablespoons a day of kratom powder COMPLETELY CURED my diarrhea. I think it's helped with my depression as well, though that might just be because now I can actually function like a real person. I usually take it in the mornings with fruit juice (f you get powder don't try and take it with water, it tastes disgusting and seems much harder to swallow). I also take it with breakfast, but haven't noticed anything bad taking it on an empty stomach.
From what I've read, dosage can vary a lot from person to person taking into account the strength of the variety you're using and body weight (I'm 120 lbs), things like that. I did take too much once, though I only experienced some nausea that cleared up after a few hours.
I will add that if you search for Kratom on the web, you're likely to come across a few scare articles about it. From what I've read and experienced, this is complete bunk.
*Also, I don't know if kratom had anything to do with this, but the three months I started taking it were also the three months after my weird blood volume incident. I had received a transfusion at the hospital, which raised my number from a 4 to an 8 (I don't know what they call this scale, but normal blood volume is between 16 and 12). Three months after the transfusion, I got some labs to measure it again, and my lab work came back great (at a 12). My Hematologist was ecstatic, she was expecting my numbers to be dropping again. Kratom was the only supplement I added.
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