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LMills
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   Posted 12/14/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember some of you saying that you were not able to take multivitamins because they are too hard on your gut. I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions or experience on what has worked for you?

I was able to take them before, but I did notice my bladder became more active. I thought it was a natural side effect for anyone. I cannot take them at all now because of interstitial cystitis. The worst offenders appear to be multi, b vitamins, and c vitamin preparations. I really, REALLY need to be taking these. I also need calcium, but I'll have to research it a bit more.

I know that you can find these in things like eggs, spinach, walnuts, and milk, but I can only really eat eggs safely the majority of the time, and spinach and walnuts are so expensive....

I'm not supposed to have soy products either since they can cause a flare, and I have noticed a difference.

I'm just having a hard time making my Crohn's diet work with my IC diet, and I'm trying to a find a way to get all of my vitamins that Crohn's has drained.

Any suggestions would be great!!

Also, sad day, I cannot have chocolate at all now. I couldn't before, but cheating was worth it every once in a while. I've noticed it makes things really bad now.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/14/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
well those calium chews slow down your gut, I am shocked that you can eat spinage and walnut at all! (if you can then go with it)
but I take vit IV's occasionally, when I need to have vit b and such (iron, etc) injected and needs more fluids, so I do not know if that is something you can do with your bladder issues
and usually try to take natachew (prenatal chewable multivitimans) at night, but I do throw it up about 2 times a week 


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   Posted 12/14/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Lmills, google Prelief.  It helped me when prostatitis gave me issues.

33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


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Stef17
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   Posted 12/14/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Freeda Vitamins - they are starch, gluten, lactose, color, flavor, yeast, free. If you go to the freeda vitamin website you can choose from a variety. These have done me well for years. Maybe you could tolerate them?

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   Posted 12/14/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Try a vitamin without any Magnesium Sterate.  I know that kills my gut.  I found one from GNC..The Mega Men vitatamin.  Doesn't hurt me but it is hard for me to swallow. 

36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
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LMills
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   Posted 12/14/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't really eat much as far as spinach and walnuts go...I just am desperate for vitamins.

And it's not just how it affects my gut. Like I said, I can't take these because of Interstitial Cystitis, but I need it because of Crohn's. It's just a matter of figuring out what on earth I can do to get my vitamins without causing Interstitial Cystitis to flare up...It's so miserable blahhhh :( I was up all night because of it, and I'm so tired!!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
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sickandlucky
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   Posted 12/14/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I found this on a site about IC (their recommendations for multivitamins):

2. A quality multi vitamin/mineral supplement that is high in calcium and magnesium, to be taken with each meal. Do not choose a “one a day” vitamin, as water soluble nutrients (B vitamins, C, many antioxidants) are excreted within three to four hours of consumption. Recommended supplements in order of preference include AOR Ortho Core (the finest women’s supplement), Vita Synergy for Women (The Synergy Company), New Chapter Every Woman and Every Woman II, , Garden of Life Living Multi for Women, Ultra Preventive X by Douglas Laboratories, and Trace Mineral Research Transcend for Women.

it is from this site: http://www.aviva.ca/article.asp?articleid=21

It was an interesting article to do with IC and lots of tips... hope you find something! Feel better!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
erythema nodosum
currently taking 40mg prednisone, then imuran or remicade when i taper
feeling scare about side effects but will be happy to feel better :)


MAG102886
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   Posted 12/14/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What about B12 shots and Iron infusions? I've done both I don't THINK they have the same side effects as taking it orally.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Nov. 20th to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!!
 

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 12/14/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Lmills,
What does your doctor say? We are just shooting in the dark here. Because they are really the only people who can do the clinical level IV stuff.  After researching this I absolute think you need to deal with this thru your health care provider.
Navy


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Nanners
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   Posted 12/14/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't take multi vitamins either. I am able to tolerate Vitamin D and Calcium Citrate with D, but any multi's just tear my gut up. I wish I had some answers for you. I will be watching your post to see if they give you any suggestions I might be able to use.

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LMills
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your suggestions!

I was thinking about b12 shots, but I need to be able to talk to my GI and Urologist...It's just a matter of money right now. Things are really, really tight so I'm having to rely simply on what is available at the apartment (surprisingly more than one might think).

I'll definitely look into the citrate as well!

I want to see a dietitian because things can't stay like this. I'm really wanting to keep things strong because I know it will get harder as I get older...I already feel like an old lady when I wake up with achy joints, bent over back, and my medication menagerie :) I know I'm not there yet, but I miss having a young body, and I want to take care of it.

Silly, silly medical conditions. I know it could be a lot worse, but I'm always up for advice.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


MissCris
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   Posted 12/14/2009 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
One of my nurses recommended Forvia to me. It's a multivitamin specifically for IBD. Here is their website if you want to read up on it http://www.forvia.com/cgi-bin/forvia.storefront. I took them for about a month but stopped because they are a lot more expensive than regular multivitamins and I didn't notice a drastic change. I can tolerate the regular multivitamins though. It might be something to look into since you aren't able to tolerate them. Best of luck!
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   Posted 12/14/2009 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You could try a capsule as a way of avoiding the binders, excipients and fillers that they use in tablets. If the problem remains, you may be able to avoid it by opening a capsule and dividing the contents into three or more portions and taking one portion with food at mealtimes. I also noticed bladder frequency and urgency issues when taking a multivitamin, but I don't have too much trouble from it.
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