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   Posted 4/3/2009 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   
hi i dont take any vitamins for crohns at all i  also have an underactive so its not surprising im drained all the time would i benefit from taking vitamins and if so what kind?

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   Posted 4/3/2009 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Most likely.. at least a multi-vitamin. Personally, I take a probiotic, multivitamin, calcium and get a B-12 shot every 4 weeks. I guess it depends on what your body needs and what meds you are on.
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's at age 16, then with proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, B12 injections once a month, 20mg Prednisone, Bentyl and Percoset as needed... just started Remicade

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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah B12 is practically standard for anyone ill with a bad gut. As electrolyte balance is also adversely affected by diarrhoea, you might need calcium, magnesium and the likes; obviously a physician's advice is needed there as just guessing could make things worse. On top of that, some Crohnies benefit from extra iron, although their iron levels do not appear to be low.
If you have an underactive thyroid, then I don't know how that would affect things in terms of absorption of vitamins, but you are very likely to have severe problems with fatigue same as B12 deficient people would.
I also don't get vitamins except from food, and on going onto B12 supplements recently noticed a big improvement in previously very severe memory and concentration problems, with a lesser improvement in energy levels.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Some people take the vitamin forvia which is made for people with IBD....haven't taken it myself but I'm considering trying it...
42 year old woman diagnosed with UC 1991, Jpouch surgery 1992, Crohn's diagnosis 2009
Current meds: 500mg 2x's daily cipro, 800mg xifaxin, 9mg entocort, Humira (started 3/23/09), synthroid

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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Two vitamins that are commonly deficient even in the healthy population are vitamin D and Folic Acid. Vitamin D deficiency has recently been implicated in the development of several auto-immune diseases, including Crohn's and IBD. Also, chronic diarrhea will result in a vitamin K deficiency which can cause kidney stones. Most people get adequate amounts of vitamin K in their diet and anyone on blood thinners should avoid increasing their vitamin K intake. This means that there is usually no vitamin K in supplements to avoid messing up the users of coumadin (potentially life-threatening for them). For you, your doctor should be asked about vitamin K supplementation to aid clotting and avoid dangerous bleeding.

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   Posted 4/3/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think taking a multivitamin could hurt. I take prenatal vitamins, and they are often recommended for males or females just because they provide a great source of the minerals and nutrients you need without being too harsh on the stomach which is always a plus for a crohnie.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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