What do you do/use for more energy?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/15/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm beyond tired ALL the time. My B-12 and K-Lor levels seem fine during the blood workups I have every 3 months but I still can barely get out of bed everyday and it is SO hard to do the things that I LOVE doing.
Last Spring and Summer I was doing great with my energy levels.
I could play with the horses&dogs, go for long walks and do all the others things that I wanted to do.
But in the last 3 months I can barely take the dogs outside, let alone ride the horses and walks are out of the question.
I still get myself up and out of bed to do the farm chores but on my days off all I do is sleep.
I can't drink any of the energy drinks, they don't sit well with my stomach, and I take a daily active vitiman everyday.
I make sure that I have plenty of easily digestable protein everyday.
I'm on a super tight budget right now( like everyone else is) so things like accupunture(sp?) is out although I have found someone local that does energy healings that are pretty inexpensive.
Is there anything else I can do to get my energy back?

Living with CD since 1994
Resections in 1998 & 2002
Too many colonoscopies, SBF's and flair-ups to count.
Allergic to most CD meds so only steriods and resections are options.
Take K-Lor 3x's, nexium 2x's, vicodine daily and B-12 per month.
Have acute myopic macular degeneration, retinal pigmentosia, RA, joint fusion and chronic low energy.
Also a 3rd generation DES daughter.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/15/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   

I was having similar problems and found one time that I was anemic.  Ended up needing a iron infusion and that really helped.  Another thing is I now get my B12 shots every two weeks instead of just once a month and that has helped tremendously.  Maybe try talking to your doc about increasing your B12 to bi-weekly.  I had to tell my doc that you can't od on it, so why not, and he finally agreed.

Good luck,

Gail *nanners*

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 12/15/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
first thing is to always listen to your body. if you need more sleep, then sleep. but it could be a matter of nutrition/vitamin deficiency.

maybe it is anemia? get blood work done. perhaps you need an iron supplement (do NOT get ferrous sulfate).

b-12 levels could be low. get a sub-lingual b-12 supplement.

i use a green drink in the morning. it is a cereal grass/algae blend. works for me. use the powder form, not the pill.

never underestimate the power of eating your fruits and veggies. eat them with EVERY meal.

stop drinking and smoking and lay off the caffeine and sugar - soda, energy drinks, vitamin waters, coffee, etc etc

get yourself on a schedule - go to bed at a decent hour and get 8-9 hours of sleep.

exercise daily.

hydrate yourself with plain water.
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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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 12/15/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Eating super healthy makes a huge difference, if you're eating too much processed stuff and refined sugar that alone will suck your energy...exercising regularly has also made huge improvements with my energy, diet and exercise is key for energy and even with combating this stupid disease.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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