Bloodwork shows I have low iron and Vit D.

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calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 1/19/2011 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all:
 
Just got a call from the doc's (general doc) office that my iron and Vitamin D is a little low.  He wants me to take a prescription strength Vit D for 6 weeks and add a multi vitamin with extra iron.  After the 6 weeks I will just stay on said multivitamin.
 
Is this normal with UC?  I know I've read about having lower levels of Vitamin D but I just wanted to check in.
 
Thanks guys!!
Amy, 34, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009, confirmed UC Sept 2009
Currently: In Remission since April 2010

Asacol 4 pills 2 times daily (tapering to 6/day)
Rowasa every other night
Probiotic: Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Metamucil

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/19/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, very normal. I also have low vitamin D and battle anemia. I think my iron levels have increased and I am no longer taking iron but I do consciously try to eat high iron foods. They say the best foods are clams and oysters surprisingly (also blackstrap molasas, haha). Iron pills can be rough on the gut.
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Peety
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   Posted 1/19/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, Iron can upset your stomach.Try Slo-FE, it will upset your stomach less because it is time-release.

I don't know about D but anemia (low iron) is very common. I can always tell because I feel cold all the time, especially in air conditioning in the summer.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985.
Asacol for 20+ years with Prednisone & Rowasa for flares (But nothing since Remicade).
Food sensitivity test by Naturopath showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances, helped some.
Remicade started April 2009 (Humira denied) and doing great~ learning what normal is~ wow

IamCurious
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   Posted 1/19/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Prescription strength Vit D will get your blood levels up but only temporarily. But prescription strength will be too strong to use afterwards for maintenance. The amount of D in a multi will probably be too low for maintenance. You may want to supplement with a little extra Vit D to maintain adequate blood levels. Just measure your blood levels regularly to make sure you are getting enough and not too much.

subdued
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   Posted 1/19/2011 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. Quite common, especially the low iron level. My last blood work shows that I'm still a bit anemic; so he advised me to start taking Slo-FE.

Cheerios are good too: high in iron, low in sugar, and not hard on the digestive system.

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   Posted 1/19/2011 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently getting iron infusions mine was so critically low...definitely normal
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calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 1/19/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone.  It really does make sense because I've been having muscle tiredness and also a cold feeling...now I know why...I just thought it was winter time :)
 
I am to take the prescription Vit d for 6 weeks then get my blood checked in 6 months.
 
How much Vit D should I take per day for maintenance?

Meemers
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   Posted 1/19/2011 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Have your D retested after the first round of script, it took me 3 script rounds to get to low normal. Also, VERY important, my Dr did not know this, I found out the hard way. High doses od D rev up your magnesium intake, so you are depleted fast. Magnesium form Oxide is not effective, there are 3 kinds, I only remember NOT oxide...Slow Mag is the type I take. You will be amazed at the difference in energy you will have once you get stabilized. It took me a good month to start showing results. They tried to DX me as fibro I had so much pain & fatigue all over...I kept digging, it was the D..
Oct. 2009 Mild UC.
Sept 2010 MAJOR flare, colonoscopy now shows full pancolitis.

Current meds.

Lialda 2 X a day
5,000 IU's vitamin D3
calcium
Magnesium (slow mag)
Multi vitamin
Align morning
acidophilus evening

I've learned more here than from My GI!

Meemers
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   Posted 1/19/2011 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Forgot to answer your main dose question..as in my sig, I take 5,000 IUs a day + the slow mag.
Oct. 2009 Mild UC.
Sept 2010 MAJOR flare, colonoscopy now shows full pancolitis.

Current meds.

Lialda 2 X a day
5,000 IU's vitamin D3
calcium
Magnesium (slow mag)
Multi vitamin
Align morning
acidophilus evening

I've learned more here than from My GI!

calm-on-the-outside
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   Posted 1/20/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Meemers, that's very helpful!
 
I didn't know that about the magnesium, I'll be sure to get that too.
 
I love this message board, I learn so much!!
Amy, 34, dx with idiopathic colitis July 2009, confirmed UC Sept 2009
Currently: In Remission since April 2010

Asacol 4 pills 2 times daily (tapering to 6/day)
Rowasa every other night
Probiotic: Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Metamucil

mkl11
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   Posted 1/20/2011 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, my Vit-D levels were not terribly low, but my GI's office tracks these things across patients and have found that patients do better above a certain level. I've just been taking Caltrate 2x/day but haven't had any bloodwork since I started a month ago. I also have low iron, apparently, but I can't tolerate iron pills, so I also opt for more iron-rich foods. My GI doesn't know that I rarely take the iron pills and my levels seem to fluctuate on their own.
22 y/o graduate student

(Mis)diagnosed with Crohn's June 2007, (Quasi)diagnosed with UC and IBS August 2010
Flare since March 2010
Currently: Lialda (4.8g), VSL #3, Canasa, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Ferrous Sulfate, Fiber Supplement, B12 injections monthly
Previously: Imuran (Allergic), Asacol, Prednisone, Remicade, Humira
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