Omega- 3's and cramping

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55555jlw
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   Posted 2/4/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there.  Recently my husband and I bought some suppliments for our family.  One of which was Fish Oil (Omega - 3's.)  Ever since I began taking it I feel like I have some mild cramping in my upper 1/4th of my gut area.  Anyone experience this?  Could it be a fluke?
Thanks,
Jennifer
 
DX in 2000, (Mild to Moderate)  take Pentasa, Omega- 3's, Caltrate, Lexapro, Multivitamin AVOID WHEAT AND DAIRY.
Daughter age 15 dx with Crohn's on 12/22/08 (Moderate to Severe):  Prednisone, Nexium, Pentasa, 6mp, Caltrate, Omega 3's, yogurt , teen vitamin
 
 
 


FallColors
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   Posted 2/4/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jennifer,

Does the cramping stop when you stop taking it? I wonder these days about the quality of some products. Once I bought a multi-vitamin and I only took two pills before I threw the rest away. It made me nauseous soon after taking it.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


55555jlw
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Well, I took it in the morning adn by 12:30 I had crunchy pains that stretched left to right under my ribcage.  I have some residue also after I go potty.  Very uncomfortable feelign.  I will stop taking it for a week and see if the pains subside.  I am terrified of a significant flare and usually don't take anything extra, but I have read so many posts with people who use it, so I thiought I would give it a try.  Maybe it isn't right for me.  We shall see.

Thanks

Jennifer


DX in 2000, (Mild to Moderate)  take Pentasa, Omega- 3's, Caltrate, Lexapro, Multivitamin AVOID WHEAT AND DAIRY.
Daughter age 15 dx with Crohn's on 12/22/08 (Moderate to Severe):  Prednisone, Nexium, Pentasa, 6mp, Caltrate, Omega 3's, yogurt , teen vitamin
 
 
 


Margie11
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Jennifer,

If you have residue you are probably lacking an enzyme to break down fats. I would try Renew Life Products FishSMART ULTRA that has lipase enzyme and is coated to break down in your small intestine. If you have trouble breaking down and using fats, you may need omega-3 more than most people. If you tend to pass things through whole ( some have this issue when taking Asacol) , the enteric coated products may be a problem, and some have luck taking regular Omega-3 with a digestive enzyme containing lipase. Sometimes the healing process is painful, like when you get cut, and are healing.


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     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
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spookyh
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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
What brand are you taking? Not all fish oils are created equal.

55555jlw
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   Posted 2/4/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
The fish oil is Spring Valley.  Got it at Wal Mart.  I also started taking Caltrate at the same time.  I have always had trouble digesting sugary or fried foods.  Get the same sort of digestive reaction- and need to clean my bottom minutes, hours after a bm.
 
As I told my daughter tonight, she is having the same sort of cramping up high...  When we Crohnies make a change or addition to our diet, we should do only one change at a time and give it a week or 2, that way we can better diagnose what could be the culprit if pain/onset of symptoms should arise.  Should have thought of that before.  Will eliminate it and see what happens.
Thanks for your response and will look forward to any insight you may have.
Jennifer
DX in 2000, (Mild to Moderate)  take Pentasa, Omega- 3's, Caltrate, Lexapro, Multivitamin AVOID WHEAT AND DAIRY.
Daughter age 15 dx with Crohn's on 12/22/08 (Moderate to Severe):  Prednisone, Nexium, Pentasa, 6mp, Caltrate, Omega 3's, yogurt , teen vitamin
 
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 2/5/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
555jlw my husband takes a Omega 3, 6, 9 and I tried it and got the same problem. Quit taking it and the problem was resolved.

I might try the one Margie mentioned and see how I do on that one, but if I get the same reaction then I will have to avoid Omega's. I am very sensitive to many supplements, so it just may be me:)

Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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