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psygirl6
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   Posted 3/4/2009 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I need help to figure out how to get more vitamins in my body. I had my surgery back in August 2008. I also have a ton of food intolerances so I don't get much food. For a while the metamucil was helping form my bowels and decrease my output, but unfortunatley, my body is not digesting anything because even though the food stays in my body waiting to get out a little longer with the metamucil, unfortunately when it comes out, the whole entire food conents come out and I don't digest it. I have been severly fatgued and constantly ill, and for the past month, it is just getting worse. I take a multi-vitamin pill, but I don't digest it and it comes out. I am also going to my doctor tommorrow to get a chemical test to see if I am in fact malnourished, and I want to ask about the vitamin b12 because I may be deficient in that as well. I was wondering what worked for any of you. My situation is I have my small intestine attached to my rectum, so I have no bag.
I am willing to hear any advise you may have. Thank you all for listening. I appreciate everything you all are doing for me.
Maya
Rectal Prolapse Surgery: December 2006
diagnosed with slow transit constipation: June 2008
total colectomy with ileo-rectal anamastosis: Aug 7, 2008
Numerous food intolerances (gluten,lactose,msg,etc)


Marsky
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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to take liquid vitamins for a while after my colon resection, I think the brand was Centrum. The liquid was light yellow and you could take 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon a day. I started with 1/2 teaspoon since I knew my gut would be touchy. You could try it. Normally I'd suggest Geritol. Can you believe I took it back in my mid 20s, I worked long 10 hour days and was dragging and this was also long before my rectal cancer and bowel resection....I'm 53 now, Geritol seemed to give me what I was lacking back then......but now I think it would be harsh on a touchy GI tract.

But I really liked the liquid Centrum, it was found near the Centrum in pill form, but on the top shelf of my pharmacy section at Kroger's. I'm sure they still manufacture it.

*Edit* Found it!
http://hocks.com/Merchant5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=A084145&?utm_source=nextag&utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_term=A084145
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!


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you need to take chewable or liquid vitamins. I also think that you would get a lot of nutrients from juicing your fruits and veggies. You can get B12 shots, too, if the blood test shows you're deficient. I'm getting mine checked tomorrow. Let us know what your doctor suggests.
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


2 RIS K
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 367
   Posted 3/4/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Mara I take liquid vitamins too. Mine are called "Liquimax Complete Nutrition" It's got 130 nutrients, 100% of key daily vitamins and other minerals. It doesn't taste bad and the dose is 2 tablespoons daily. It does not upset my stomach or anything. I keep it in the refrigerator because it tastes much better when cold. We bought it at Cosco, but I'm sure you could find it online if you don't have a Cosco near you.

I had my blood checked yesterday but I don't have the results back yet. I have to admit that even though I have the vitamins, I don't take them on a regular basis. I have no idea why, laziness I guess, but I am going to start because I feel awful.

I hope I helped Mara, good luck to you!
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
 
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/4/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
yes chewable flintstones would be a good idea for you. Dont laugh those are actually some of the best there are! also, you can buy a B-12 that melts under your tongue, and that way it goes right into your system that way.

psygirl6
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 268
   Posted 3/5/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Thank you all for your suggestions. I saw the doctor today, and she is sending me for a fasting bloodwork tommorrow. I actually looked up all of the vitamins you have given me and I actually considering either the Centrum, or the Liquimax.I hear are the best ones out there. Also I am getting the whole chemical blood work and testing for Celiac as well, because of my gluten intolerances and other intolerances. I am not sure how long it would take for my results, but I hope to get them in soon. I will keep you updated. Thank you all again for the suggestions. I now feel better knowing the best liquid vitamin out there, there are so many, but I have read and seen that alot of them are not great, or actually alot worse on people without colons or sensitive digestive systems. Thank you all again. I am so glad to have come to all of you, since you are all experts on this and everything that we all go through. I think the doctors can learn from us and pay us,lol. You are all great.
Maya
Rectal Prolapse Surgery: December 2006
diagnosed with slow transit constipation: June 2008
total colectomy with ileo-rectal anamastosis: Aug 7, 2008
Numerous food intolerances (gluten,lactose,msg,etc)


flchurchlady
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 3/5/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I bought some B-12 sublingual liquid drops today. You put a dropper full of the liquid B-12 under your tongue and leave it there for 30 seconds before swallowing. It has 20,000% of the daily recommended dose, which seemed really high. I hope it's safe to take that much!
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/5/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
maya--in case the doc didn't tell you, the blood work test for Celiac Disease isn't always 100%...the scope is the true test that they should diagnose from.  When I had is done, my doc called next day with the results...I didn't follow through with the scope but at that point I decided to stick with an ileo and I don't have any problems now.  I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything is okay :-)

psygirl6
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 268
   Posted 3/5/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Thank you for all the well wishes. Ohio, thank you for the warning. I am also seeing a GI doctor on the 24th of March, so if I don't get any results, I will ask for the test. Thank you all again.
Maya
Rectal Prolapse Surgery: December 2006
diagnosed with slow transit constipation: June 2008
total colectomy with ileo-rectal anamastosis: Aug 7, 2008
Numerous food intolerances (gluten,lactose,msg,etc)


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
cecilia, when i bought that b-12 the pharmacist told me it was almost impossible to overdose on B12 you would have to take like 30 bottles at one time. I asked him cause i was taking a b12 complex too and a flintstones, but i wasnt sure how much of the complex one i was getting in me.

flchurchlady
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Leah! :-)
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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