Anyone take multivitamins?

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LALady
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've battled with multivitamins forever it seems. They either make my tum hurt or exacerbate IBS symptoms. I'm concerned about my vitamin intake, though, as I eat a rather limited diet what with the IBS and all. I feel as if I'm always fatigued and think maybe I should give vitamins a try again.
 
Anyone have any recommendations for something that won't leave me crippled in pain or running to the toilet a million times?
 
Thanks!

Marsky
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   Posted 5/5/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
In the past I found that liquid vitamins agreed with my gut better than pill form. Now I can take pill form. But soon after my troubles began (post temp ostomy takedown), I would take Centrium (sp?) in liquid form. You'll see this type offered on the top shelf near their regular vitamins. I recall the adult dose being 1 tablespoon per day. So I started out with 1 teaspoon so it wouldn't overwhelm my gut. It worked. I remember eventually being able to get up to 1 tablespoon per day without problems.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


PSA
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   Posted 5/5/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Revital. It works fine with me. I used to have D with other multivitamins. Revital has lots of other ingredients, including ginseng.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


LALady
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   Posted 5/5/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
PSA - I am an attorney, too. I'm almost 28 and I've been practicing 3 years. I haven't met any other attorneys with IBS. How do you manage your IBS with the stress that is inherent in our line of work?

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/5/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I take a generic Centrum vitamin and it's never seemed to bother me. You have to be careful, I think, with some of those vitamins from health food stores that give you more than the daily recommended dose. A doctor told me that they were hard on your kidneys because what you don't need, you will flush through your system and end up peeing out. You'll know if your pee turns neon yellow; I can't remember which one, but if you get too much of one vitamin, it turns your pee yellow. The centrum line of vitamins are not more than you need. I picked them because a test a few years back found that they were accurate to the packaging labels; some vitamins had too much or too little of some things, or had harmful ingredients in them, like lead!

Oh, and too much vitamin C gives me diarrhea. A few other people on here said they noticed the same thing. I never take a vitamin with more than 100% of recommended vitamin C. I can't take those Airborne pills or anything like that because they have too much Vitamin C. I even have to be careful not to drink too much Kool-Aid because I can go over my limit.

PSA
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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:37 AM (GMT -7)   
belablue said...
PSA - I am an attorney, too. I'm almost 28 and I've been practicing 3 years. I haven't met any other attorneys with IBS. How do you manage your IBS with the stress that is inherent in our line of work?
Hi Bela
Its' such a pleasure to know about you. What a wonderful surprise.
Well in so far as stress is concerned, the day I was diagnosed in October 1989, the first thing my doctor told me was that I was in a wrong profession. Believe me you, may be the work pressure and professional stress would take its toll on my health. It gets aggravated. What do you call it ... Inherent Professional Hazards. Now I have confined myself more to chamber practice/corporate consultancy and less of court work. I have been practicing for the last 21 years - quite ancient --- no obsolete after UC.  


45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


LALady
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   Posted 5/6/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi PSA,
 
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The fact you didn't give up because of the stress is encouraging. There are days when I wonder whether my body will be able to keep up with the rest of me and allow me to do what I need to do. You know what I mean?
 
I was also told that I ought to consider a new profession, but after going through law school, the bar exam, etc and finally getting where I had worked so hard to be...there was no way I was going to just give up. I left my previous job because the demands and travel were taking a toll on me. I now work in business litigation. I'm not in court often and my schedule is very routine. The hours aren't terribly bad, reasonable billable requirements, and most importantly the partners and other associates are a great group of people. There is just a lot of mental stress which I know affects my IBS. I'm about 95% in control of my symptoms these days, for which I am very thankful. But, the anxiety over my IBS is still bad. I'm going back to therapy to deal with that, hopefully soon.
 
Btw, where do you practice? I'm in California.
 
-Bela

PSA
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   Posted 5/6/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bela

Well I can understand your concern. It is too difficult to switch over profession. Can you believe, I would not eat or have a sip, when I was to travel. I would always avoid anything while flying. It used to be a nightmare. I was doing lot of travelling. Almost thrice a week, I was in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai or elsewhere. I am in India. Have my own law firm in New Delhi- with office in Hyderabad. I have lots of clients in healthcare sector, software/IT, construction, etc. Mainly corporate work these days.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


LALady
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   Posted 5/6/2009 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I can believe it. I travelled about 3-4 days out of the week and wouldn't eat a thing all day, too. It was miserable. But you do what you have to do to cope I suppose. Sounds like you have a good situation now. That's wonderful! Very neat that you are in India! It's on my top 5 places I want to visit within the next few years.

PSA
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   Posted 5/7/2009 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bela

You are most welcome to visit India. Its a nice place, particularly Jaipur, Agra, North East, Kerala, Leh & Ladhak, Goa. I am looking forward to your visit to India.

But I suppose you have roots in India. From your name it looks so.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
 
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005; Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
 
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle: Albert Einstein
 
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 

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