LMills/B vitamins

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   Posted 9/13/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills noticed that you said you were trying a B-complex but considering shots in your sig...
Just thought I'd mention that a little over a year ago I realized that I had a B12 deficiency.  This due to multiple resections and while having taken 400mg of oral B12 (cyanocobalamin) consistently for 8 years...
I began using sublingual B12 vitamins (5000 mg Methylcobalamin) and added in a B-complex in addition to my regular multivitamins and other supplements.  My serum B12 levels shot back up and my symptoms went away quickly...they remain that way still.  Just a thought.  There are a lot of studies stating that sublingual B12 is just as good if not better than shots.  The "secret" I think is to find a high mg Methylcobalamin formulation and to tuck it under your tongue and let it dissolve slowly, the point being to bypass the digestive system and have the vitamin get directly into your tissues.  It takes 45mins - 1 hour for one tablet to dissolve under my tongue.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
the shot work well for me.
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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
The shots work best for me because anything oral even the sublinguals upset my gut, but my GI did tell me anyone supplementing B12 should always do sublingual's if they don't do the shots. He said even healthy people don't absorb enough of the regular B12 tablets, but if they use the sublinguals they absorb about 98%.
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   Posted 9/14/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the feedback. The sublinguals are controversial in terms of effectiveness, so it is good to have anecdotal evidence in favor/or not.

For now we are sticking with monthly shots. 

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   Posted 9/14/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Either way, thanks for the information!! I'll be asking my doctor about those then as well. Anything that happens to work you know? The ones I have now aren't really working...so I feel dead even after 10+ hours of sleep. Not good on a busy school schedule..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, omeprazole in the morning, and a women's multivitamin. I'm also trying a B vitamin complex, but it doesn't seem to be working so I'm considering the shots.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
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   Posted 9/14/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I love my shots. They make me feel healthy and when I feel healthy I am definitely a happier camper.

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   Posted 9/14/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
We used to give b12 shots to my son, who has autism, not Crohn's. A lot of kids with autism seem to respond to it. At the time, our Doc claimed the shots were the only way to go for absorption. But they HAD to be methylcobalamin, NOT cyanocobalamin, according to him. Also, we would only give the shots Sub Q style, not into the muscle. If we didn't give the shot correctly, we would see the red colored mb12 pee'd out into his diaper. We had them prescribed for him and shipped to us via Fed Ex from a pharmacy called Wellness in NJ.
I had not considered doing mb12 shots for my Crohn's-afflicted daughter... maybe I will. An energy boost would be grand for her soccer efforts!  Sometimes she literally just stands there while the ball flies past her, telling me later she was too tired to chase it. I wonder if sublingual would help her.  Does it take a while for it to build up in the body and start helping?
Posts refer to my 9 year old girl
  • Started with 30 mg Prednisone, tapered off over 3 months

Then continued with:

  • Pentasa, 3 blue horse-sized capsules, 3 x daily
  • Forvia multivitamin/mineral for Crohnies
  • Coromega
  • Calcium
  • VSL#3, 2 x day
  • Custom Probiotics: 6-Strain Blend, 1 x day
  • Culturelle, 1 x day

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