What vitamin supplements should I be using?

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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so confused about this! I feel like I can't get a straight answer from my doc and whenever he does tell me isn't a dose available or it'll require taking 5 extra gigantic pills a day and honestly I can barely remember to take my Pentasa as it is.

I have a Whole Foods near me and I'm looking to refine my vitamin regimen in a way that makes it really easy to follow. The fewer pills the better.

I was thinking Magnesium (for migraines), Vit. D, Calcium, Iron, Malic acid (for fibromyalgia), what am I missing? Any recs for brands?
Crohn's (diagnosed in 2006 and currently in remission), severe migraines, Seborrheic Derm., Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (1994), chronic pain, ulcers/GERD and possibly Fibromyalgia? Medications: Nexium, Pentasa, Cymbalta, Xysal, Yaz, Percocet and Vicodin as needed, Flintstone Vitamins (my favorite part!), calcium and magnesium supplements, vitamin D once weekly. I follow a low fiber, low residue diet.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I would also take a good probiotic. You might ask at the whole foods store for a recommendation. I take a Lactobacillus formula and it does the trick for me, but PB4 takes another that alot are having good luck with called Primadolphilus Reuteri (sp?). I am thinking of trying that one myself.
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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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Be careful with magnesium! It's not great for Crohn's. We (Crohnies) are not even supposed to take epsom salts baths because of the magnesium. For me, it's like taking liquid fire, or acid.

DGL Licorice is very important. It soothes the intestinal tract. High potency probiotics are a must! Amino Acids, sublingual (under the tongue) B-12 liquid is very important. Many say Slippery Elm is great, I've not yet tried it. Take stuff that strengthens your eyes; bilberry, lutein, etc. Zinc, most need iron (ask dr), folic acid, potassium (ask dr), black cohosh helps with menstrual issues and menopuase, Inositol helps with mood & body aches. Thats a running start. Many vitamins like E can be hard to tolerate, so do a test. Also take high doses of calcium to avoid bone issues. I can't take Malic Acid either. Liquid fire again. If you can take Omega 3 or 6, by all means do so. I can't, but most can.
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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
How about a high-quality multi vitamin and mineral? Look for one with no sugar, starch, gluten or other artificial ingredients! I ditto the probiotics and omega 3 (cod liver oil).
Mom to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi How is epsom salt baths not good for you ? From what I know epsom salt is supposed to reduce inflamation. Are there others here who say that Dr's don't recommend mag. ? As far as vitamins go I take calcium and mag. ,Multi vit and D . I have read that mag. is good for migraines but only to be taken with a DR's supervision for people with kidney or heart problems . lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
If you go with magnesium, I suggest a chelated form such as magnesium malate.

I take acidophilus capsules, and eat lots of Fage yogurt for probiotics. Stay away from anything with bifidus (or the genus Bifidobacterium) in it.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a multi vitamin/minerals called Forvia, its specially designed for people with Crohns and IBS It doesn't have any gluten, lactose or magnesium. The website is Forvia.com I haven't had any problems taking it.
Tannie 26 yrs
dx May 08 taking 20mg Prednisone,trying to taper, 100mg 6-mp, Asacol 6 twice a day, Remicade. 

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   Posted 10/1/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I also recommend a strong multi probiotic. I use Garden of Life Primal Defense. It has helped with the number of daily diarrhea, bloating and even some pain.
Some people here take digestive enzymes, so I started them too and I notice even more of a difference. I take a no name brand digestive enzymes with almost every meal and I have less pain with eating. 
Magnesium apparently causes more diarrhea in us, so beware. I'm presently taking a natural prenatal vitamin, liquid calcium, ferritin iron tablets.
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