Bowel Resection and Vit.b12

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   Posted 2/3/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
For those of you who have had a resection and had their terminal illeum removed, how often do you take vitamin b12 shots?  Weekly, biweekly or monthly?
31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Illeocolonic Resection 1/08  (18 inches of terminal illeum, illeocecal valve, right colon)
Current Meds: Pentasa, Fosomax, Iron, Vitamin b12 injections, Vicodin

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   Posted 2/3/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good day wantrelief, I take 1 injection per month, it really seems to help.
Good luck and God bless- (CD since 1994, undiagnosed problems since childhood, 3 surgeries and
like everyone here lots of meds on and off)

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   Posted 2/3/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had 3 resections. I wasn't until about 7 or 8 years after the last resection that I had to start the B12 shots. Your body does have some stores of B12, and it depends on how severe the disease has been and how long it has been going on for, as to how soon you will need to start the shots. You should have your levels checked by your doctor and monitored. When I started, it was one shot a day for a week, one a week for a month and then once a month. about six months ago I had to increase to once every two weeks. My husband gives me the shot so I don't have to go to the doctors office, so it is much more convenient. Some people learn to give themselves the shot, but I don't think I could do it.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 2/3/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to give myself B-12 shots monthly but now I'm seeing my family doctor regularly anyway so i decided to let him give them to me.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 2/4/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I give myself a B-12 injection once a month
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 2/4/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I get 1 b12 injection on a monthly basis.
Crohns for 11 years
1 surgery so far
2 times in hospital for blockages
B12 Injections

Post Edited (Erik45) : 2/4/2008 9:12:28 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/4/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I had a TI resection 8 years agao and I'm just now about to start suplimenting B12. I'm not quite deficiant, but on th very low end of normal. I decided to forgo the monthly injections and give the weekly nasal gel a try. We'll see how it goes!

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   Posted 2/4/2008 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I give it to myself monthly, although I wonder if twice a month would be better.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000
Bowel Resections 6/05, 11/05 & 7/06 (removal of terminal ileum and appendix)
Humira 40mg. every week
Percocet 10/325mg
Codeine 30 mg.
Cymbalta 30 mg.
Xanax 0.25mg
Phenergan 25 mg.
Zofran 8mg.
Hydroxine 25mg.

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