My Symprove diary - James Conlon

Name: James Conlon
Lives: Birmingham, UK
Type of IBD: Ulcerative colitis

We've asked some of our supporters to try out probiotics and keep a diary for us. James has been trialling Symprove. He's currently at week 5 of his 12 weeks taking the product. Here is his diary so far...

Before starting

My main symptoms are: 

My current medication is:

Week 1

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, when I initially received my delivery. I took a peak of the Symprove and was excited to start and see results.

When I started and I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t sure how it was going to taste (I have mango and passionfruit flavour). I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it…first swig….not too bad, managed to finish off the 60mls.

I started to experience some stomach cramps a few days after starting, nothing too painful. Early signs are good, a lot less frequent toilet trips, I’m not feeling as fatigued as before.

Week 2

Things seem to be getting better, my stools seem to be fully formed. I think Symprove has been helping with my fatigue. I’ve been able to spend eight hours at work without feeling tired or feeling that I need to sleep! This is a great improvement.

Week 3

The Symprove really seems to be working. Stomach cramps have worn off and it seems to be doing its job. I haven’t felt unwell at all.

I've been experiencing less toilet trips and little bleeding.

I have to admit I was so sceptical of what it was going to be like as I wasn’t sure how it was going to work.

Week 4

So I'm a month into Symprove. Week 4 hasn't been fantastic. My bowels are opening more frequently, I am very fatigued and not feeling the greatest.

One thing that concerns me is the cost of Symprove is fairly high. IBD sufferers aren't exempt from prescription charges so already have to pay out for medication and may not be in a position to be able to afford Symprove on top. 

I'm  hoping that as I continue my 12 week course that it continues to help as much as it did at the start.

I have been reading the Facebook forum for Symprove and have seen people complaining about the taste. I actually found it quite okay (mango and passionfruit), it's not fantastic but it's never going to taste amazing.
Week 5

Slightly better this week, still experiencing some loose stools and fatigue.

Have been taking Symprove religiously but not much to report this week. Still hoping I will start to see some improvements like I did at the start.


*James was provided with a free 12 week course of Symprove by its makers in return for his honest opinion about the product.

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