Think Folic Acid making me sick

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Nanners
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   Posted 8/29/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Last week I saw my Rheumy and was diagnosed with Inflammatory Arthritis.  I am supposed to start Methotrexate shots this Friday and started taking 1 mg Folic Acid because you have to take it while on the MTX.  I started it last Friday.  Any kind of vitamins upset my stomach so I started taking it at night in the hopes this would help me avoid getting sick.  All of the sudden on Sunday about 4 pm my stomach started getting really upset.  I worked with the upset stomach both Monday and Tuesday and tried to get by each day taking Zofran.  This morning I woke up and my stomach was really nauseous again so I had to call in to work.  Took my meds and went back to sleep, (one of them being my Zofran) feel a little better now.  My belly has been doing great so I know it has to be the Folic Acid.  Thats the only change I have made med wise or diet wise.  So tonight I am not going to take the Folic Acid and see if I feel better.  If I feel better tomorrow then I am going to have to call the Rheumy and tell her I can't take the Methotrexate as I can't tolerate the Folic Acid. 
 
She talked about Humira too.  Can anyone tell me if you have to take Folic Acid with the Humira too? That might be another option for me, I sure hope so the joint pain has been pretty bad.  I might try the Tylenol Arthritis if I can't get the Humira.  But Tylenol usually does nothing for me.  If anyone can tell me if I have to do the Folic Acid with Humira too, I would appreciate your thoughts.
 
Thanks for your replies.
 
God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Jenn4dex
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   Posted 8/29/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't know about Humira, but I take a multi B vitamin with Folic and have had no problems with it?  Maybe a mixture of other Bs would help?
Jennifer
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Nanners
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   Posted 8/29/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your response Jennifer. Problem is everytime I take any kind of vitamin, even childrens vitamins, I get sick to my stomach. Only thing that doesnt make me sick is my B12 which is in shot form so it by passes my stomach.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/29/2007 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have it as an injectable for those days that I can't keep anything in me.
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/29/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I wonder if those kids bubble gum type vitamins would work for you? You would probably need a few to get the right dose though but maybe that is absorbed differently?
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 8/29/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
MMMNavy its the Folic Acid in injectible form?  How did you get that?  I didn't know they had it like that.  Dragonfly would you believe I can't even tolerate the kiddy vitamins.  Sad isn't it.  Since my surgeries I have the most sensitive stomach.  I hate it.  I am not going to take the Folic Acid tonight and see how I feel tomorrow.  If I feel better I am going to have to call the Rheumy and see what other options are out there for me.  Sigh!!!

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/29/2007 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Nanners,

Don't worry you are not alone.

I got it from my PA at the VA in topeka.
 
Mine is from abraxis pharmaceuticals and I just use those diabetic needles for it.


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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/30/2007 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry figured the bubble gum type vitamins would be absorbed differently than childrens chewable or the gummy variety. Hope you find something soon
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 8/30/2007 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Well didn't take the Folic Acid last night and I feel better than I did. Tell you the truth I think taking it for five days has torn up my stomach. Its probably going to take a few days to get back to normal. At least I hope so. Will call the Rheumy today and see what I should do.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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