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   Posted 5/10/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just wondering if anyone knows if this helps chron's. I've heard that it can help with inflimation? What is it all about. I know I have a deficiency of the B vitamins, but the doctor never suggested it.
Age:22/6"1'/138lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Warfarin, Prednisone :(, 6mp :( NOT WORKING
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, ChronicUTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s
Procedures: 3 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)

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   Posted 5/10/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
it can help with numerous things...keeping your nerves/nerve endings working you a bit more energy so you aren't fatigued....I get back pain when my time is up for the shot and if I leave it too long I'll sleep ALL day til I do go and get it...there are others too but its slipping my mind..

basically people with crohns have problems getting the b12 they need in thier bodies, it doesn't absorb, so a bunch of us get shots to keep the levels up.
27 year old, married. Diagnosed with Crohns at 17, suspected of having for at least a year or so before that.  Alot of Crohns in my family history.  No surgeries yet. Imuran treatment with Prednisone tapering at moment.  Possible Fistula.

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   Posted 5/10/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have inflamation in your illeum then alot of time B-12 shots are prescribed to compensate for the malabsorbtion from the inflamation. For me, it gives me the energy boost...
DX AT 39 (2005)

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   Posted 5/10/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my illeum taken out with 3 feet of bowel and i have to have b12 because that part of your bowel produces b12 and i need it.
Crohns for 11 years
1 surgery so far
2 times in hospital for blockages
B12 Injections

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   Posted 5/10/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
B12 won't help with inflammation to the best of my will not help aid crohns symptoms...lack of B12 causes nerve damage and if not caught and treated early enough it will be irreversable nerve damage...many CDers (including myself) are often low on B12, it helps with energy but that varies from person to person as well.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to take the shots but found sublingual b-12 that you put under your tongue and it goes straight in your blood stream.  Sure beats the pain of a shot.  And instead of the energy boost that you get with the shot once a month, the siblingual b-12 gives you the energy boost everyday!   GI doc checked my b-12 levels since I have been on the sublingual b-12 and they are great.

Diagnosed in 91, Had 5 surgeries(2 hernias, gallbladder, colon resection, adhesions)  Taking Humria, Pentasa, Prevacid, Sublingual B-12 

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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am going to try this again as I had wrote a reply a while ago but don't see it here .Does the warfarin your on make a difference when taking B-12 I don't know so you should ask your Dr. about it. lol gail

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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I do the sublingual B-12 as well and it works just fine for me and anything that helps me avoid another doctors visit and another needle is just fine with me.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Like some of the others have mentioned, the sublingual B12 works well if you have B12 deficiency. However, if you have pernicious anemia (that's what I have) then the sublingual won't work and you have to go with the shots.
Breast Cancer at 37; bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Colon resection 2004; Sub-Total colectomy September 2007 for colonic inertia - didn't work.
Son (HLA B27 positive) diagnosed with Crohn's at 17 (now 21). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups. Recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis - now on Humira.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

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   Posted 5/12/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I do the B12 shot every 2 weeks. I notice the neuro effects pb4 mentioned if I don't take it (particularly my fingers tingle, arms fall asleep & most of all my lips tingle severely). I also noticed it helped with my fatigue in conjunction with extra iron.
My terminal ileum was removed, so I don't absorb it. As far as I know, it does not fight inflammation.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 5/14/2008 2:59 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm getting my first b12 shot tomorrow... i hope it helps with the lack of energy i have!! he also told me to start the sub b12's. so I bought some on the way home from mayo today... but i haven't taken it yet cause i have not been able to sleep since monday so I figured maybe if i ever get to sleep tonight i will need it in the am!!
Katie, 33 years old
Mesa, Arizona
Dx Lupus in 2001
Dx Crohn's in 2005
gallbladder out (2001)
hysterectomy (1998)
bowel resection (Sept 2007)
have tried EVERYTHING for CD... but getting ready to start Cimzia
and trying to get iron and B12 to absorb

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   Posted 5/14/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
For me my scalp tingles when I am due for my shot. My husband gives it to me so it doesn't involve another trip to the doctor. The effects of not keeping up with it are nerve damage that can't be reversed so it isn't something you want to mess with.

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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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 5/14/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on the B12 shots for about ten years. I get them once a month. I don't absorb any B12. I have Pernicious anemia from by resection 20 years ago. If I forget my shot it seems to affect my mental abilities. I have trouble remembering names of things and mix up my words in sentences. I don't really seem to get a boost in energy. That would be great. I never have any energy.

Hope this finds you feeling well!


CD officially 24 years. unofficially 46, 1 resection, Constant symptoms. Daily D, joint pain, nausa, fatigue, Hiatal Hernia, Ulcers in esophogus, inflamed esophogus, Moderate to severe Crohn's. Knee replacement in two weeks.

Pentasa, B12 shots, Diovan (high blood pressure) Wellbutrin & Lexapro (depession) Celebrex for arthritis (temp. until knee surgery) Omeprizole (ulcers in esophogus) Lunesta for sleep and Penicillin pre surgical.

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   Posted 5/15/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on B12 shots monthly. I am also slightly anemic, low B12 can lead to anemia per my lung dr. Susie

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   Posted 5/16/2008 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
So I rec'd the B12 shot and dr wants me to also to sublingual b12 for the next month to see if the one shot plus teh subl pills will keep me from having to give myself the shots all the time (not that I would mind) but here's the thing - I feel GREAT!!

better than I have felt in WEEKS! Today I actually did 3 loads of laundry, dusted and made dinner. like, whoa.

I had been sleepless, restless legs, miserably tired but not able to sleep and feeling insane. so I didn't realize that B12 was sooo important - feeling awesome - hope it lasts!
Katie, 33 years old
Mesa, Arizona
Dx Lupus in 2001
Dx Crohn's in 2005
gallbladder out (2001)
hysterectomy (1998)
bowel resection (Sept 2007)
have tried EVERYTHING for CD... but getting ready to start Cimzia
and trying to get iron and B12 to absorb

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Total Posts : 3200
   Posted 5/16/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
According to my GI doc I have a problem that he doesn't have the answer to. My B12 levels remain low
even though I'm on regular shots. He can't understand why my body won't absorb it in any form. He is
going to talk to a hematologist.

In answer to the original question, no it does not alter your crohns.....

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis

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