it's been awhile! ...need help with fatigue

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
sheesh i haven't posted in forever and two days :) how is everyone doing??

things remain unchanged for me. still having frequent visits with the bathroom, still having upper abdominal pains. but now i seem to be dealing with a great deal of fatigue. i mean, i just had another increase on my 6mp and i swear that zonks me for a few weeks. but, i am totally wiped out! my gi also put me on 650mgs iron a day (how is the mgs compared to you other iron takers?) and last week my gi said my platelet count is elevated.

so, what do you guys do when you are struggling with fatigue? should i try exercising? are there food to avoid? more vitamins or supplements i can take? any advice? anyone?!

thanks guys, i do hope you are all well :)
.: stephanie :.
32 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stephanie, I wish I knew the answer.... So if you find one let me know. LOL.

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 2/11/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stephanie;

Even though I'm in clinical remission I find that I have days that I just can't seem to function. I call them my off days. Usually a couple times a week. The only thing I can do is just rest. I'm lucky because my children are now older and my husband is understanding. I find that if I do too much like going shopping or doing alot of cleaning I suffer for it for a day or two.
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i remember when I was on 6MP that it made me tired. It was one of the reasons I wanted so bad to be drug free...would rather deal with occasional Crohn's symptoms than be tired all the time.

While it may not make logical sense, when I am fatigued, I find that starting my day with some exercise seems to help. On days that I go for a run in the morning, I am actually less tired throughout the day. Sort of counterintuitive, you would think after a 2 mile run I would have less energy, but I almost always have more.
-Male, age 31
-Diagnosed with Crohn's 2002 - 5 surgeries for peri-rectal abscess in 2002-2003
-Started Makers Diet 26 Jan 08
-currently on prednisone taper after landing myself in the ER with a partial obstruction

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 2/14/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been there, am there. Under doctor's orders I've taken 900 mg of iron a day and seen my hemoglobin go up 1 or 2 points, and so for me, it's just not worth it. If your body is anything like mine, it doesn't absorb stuff very well, iron included. I have taken it for as long as a year with little success.

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   Posted 2/14/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Exercising definitely helps me with fatigue, it'a hard to get into it at first but once you get into a moderate regular routine it definitely has many benefits including helping with fatigue.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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