what are good vitamins take when you have crohns disease?

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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey! Just wondering what is good take if you have crohn's disease but also have thyroid problem and anemia and my b12 was low and mitral value prolapse and acid relux. The doctor told me just take a vitamin. Should I be taking more than just a vitamin???

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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi mirandadawn,
I take each day -
folic acid - because I take Methotrexate
calcium with Vitamin D - because Im steriod dependant
fish oil - for my arthritis
bee propolis - for inflammation
I know a lot of people on here take other things so I hope they come along with suggestions.

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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi mirandadawn! My GI has me taking ferrous sulfate (iron), vitamin C and Calcium.  I also take a Rx vitamin D.  I'm on prenantal vitamins now because I'm pregnant, but before I took a multi-vitamin.  Hope that helps!

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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me to take Forvia they are vitamins specially made for people with IBS and Crohns, go to Forvia.com to learn more about them and oder!
Tannie 26 yrs
dx May 08 taking 15mg Prednisone,trying to taper, Remicade every 8 wks. 
Taken off 6-MP due to liver toxicity 09/08
Taken off of Asacol also 09/08

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   Posted 12/5/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Vitamin D (with fatty meal)
Pantothenic acid (900-1000 mg/day as 2-3 evenly divided doses with full meal)

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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the support. Just get very confused on what to take because alot of people take different stuff..I want make sure taking right stuff and also not taking too much of it.

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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of it, like everything else with this DD, is trial and error.  The folic acid and B12 I take have helped stop my hair from falling out.  I take potassium because I had to be on a potassium IV last year, and I'm never doing that again if I can help it.  My rheumatologist has me on a prescription level vitamin D because my levels are so low.  And I take a chewable multi when I remember.  A lot of vitamins can cause stomach upset, so I'd try things one at a time and see how you do.  Your doctor should be able to tell from your bloodwork if there's something specific that you're low on and need to suppliment.

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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
i've gone the supplement route and here is what i take:

digestive enzyme
probiotic (right now using vsl#3)
multi vitamin (right now i'm using the vitamin code by garden of life)
cod liver oil (i recommend garden of life or carlson labs brand - cod liver oil is superior to fish oil)
cal mag (i use peter gilhams natural calm + calcium)
green drink (i recommend vitamineral green or greens plus or perfect food by garden of life)
vitamin D (just started taking this as cold/flu season is starting. i'm using the carlson lab brand. get D3 not synthetic D2)

if you need an iron supplement, do NOT use ferrous sulfate as it will constipate you and cause digestive problems/discomfort. get a different formula.

supplements are hard to figure out. there are a lot of brands out there all with promises, most of them empty. a lot of brands are just filler and have a lot of ingredients you dont want. organic is not necessarily better. you have to do your homework. you have to be willing to spend money and try different brands. get your supplements at a health food store. once you know what you like, purchase them on line for cheaper.

the amount i spend on vitamins/supplements per month is about the same i was spending when i took meds, which was a lot then too. so money wise it is a wash, but now i'm putting stuff in to my system which is natural and does not have detrimental unwanted side effects requiring other medicines.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 12/5/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi As I am one that has had a TI resection I take 50+ as it has the vit. K that I cain't make now some multi vitamins don't have K. Also ,B-12 shot once a month of 10mL .If you go a pill for v b-12 ask a pharmasist.I also take calcium and vit D. I must say thoufg that your Dr. could have taken a moment to help you with this. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 12/5/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi mirandadawn and welcome! My son takes pretty much what CrazyHarry listed, just not all the same brands. I'll just reiterate that for D, you need to seek out vit. D3 (cholecalciferol).
Mom to 16 year old son 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 Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 12/5/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I take a good multivitamin for women (also has Vit. K in it). I used to have to take an iron supplement, but that's when I was anemic.
I was going to take a potassium supplement, because I tend to be low on that. But I find I can eat more then what was in the pill form! I really go by what my doctor suggests, which sometimes goes along with what my blood tests say.

Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure). Tapered off prednisone a month ago!

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