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Slice
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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
So i've started taking a multivitamn, mainly because the nurses coming to see me said it could help speed up the healing process. Anyway, i've now noticed my output now has somewhat of a green tint to it, not to mention the smell has changed.  Seems normal.  Make sense?  I know i probably should have started taking some sort of vitamin a long time ago, just never did.  Any vitamin stories?  What kind of vitamins are any of you taking?
  If M&M's were vitamins, i'd be very healthy.  :-)
 
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Amey
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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Does your vitiamin contain iron? Iron can change the color of your stool to colors between green and black depending on the amount of iron you are taking.

Here is some information about this...http://ibdcrohns.about.com/cs/otherdiseases/a/blackstool.htm
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Seems pretty normal....but I don't know much! Are you taking regular vitamins? Do they come out whole? I can't take pill vitamins - they just come out the same way they went in. It's Flinstones for me!!!
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!


peggy113
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I cannot tolerate the Iron in a multivitamin. It upsets my stomach (which is just sensitive anyway), and sometimes would give me "D". So I just take a cheapy multi w/o iron that I actually buy at K-Mart (go figure) and all my levels, except for the ongoing vit D issue, have been just fine.
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Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
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Amey
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone know if Potassium pills can get stuck at the ostomy site? I take 6 of this GIANT pills everyday. After reading Joann's post about seeing pills in her bag, it occured to me that I never see this pills in my bag. Either they are breaking down in my system or they are backed-up.

Any thoughts?
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


Amey
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Another thought...Slice, I take Centrum Chewable Vitamins for Seniors because it is higher in antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E than the regular Centrum. My Dr recommends that I try to take meds either in a chewable form or liquid form if possible.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


peggy113
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Given your s-l-o-w system, they may be breaking down and absorbing, which could be why you don't see them.  On the other hand, maybe they are indeed getting hung up in a twist or turn in the intestine and causing things to move more slowly.

I cannot take them - they just don't digest at all for me.  Same with Calcium pills that are not liquid gels.  Amey, can you try a liquid form of potassium and see if that changes your output?

REmember, we are all a little different --- trial and error!!


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Amey
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   Posted 1/17/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Peggy...Good Idea! I just called my Dr and there was an answering service. I will keep nagging until I get someone to call me in the liquid form! THANKS!
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


Amey
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   Posted 1/17/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Peggy,
When I was in the hospital this last December they did a small bowel follow through which shows contrast moving through the intestines on an xray. The contrast went from my mouth to my stoma in about 45 minutes. However, the contrast would not come out of my stoma. It took about 5-7 hours for the contrast to pass. If this test is an indicator of my transit, doesn't that mean that these big 'ole potassium pills are sitting at my stoma site? I took 6 of them. The Drs said that they are not sure why the stuff does not just come out my stoma and why it backs up in that area....possibily stress related is their theory. They believe I hold my stress in my gut and keep my tummy tightened all the time so much so that I do not know how to relax the muscles. Anyway, I placed a call to my Dr and hopefully they will call me with some information regarding liquid potassium.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


Amey
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   Posted 1/18/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Peggy,

My Dr called in the liquid potassium to the pharmacy. I will let you know if it helps. I am NOT looking forward to drinking this 6x day...it tastes like a combination of battery acid and boubon whiskey (no, I have never had whiskey but this is what I imagine it would taste like).
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


sfgiantsjo
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   Posted 1/18/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Amey - if it really was stress related, couldn't they give you something - a valium, or whatever, to make sure you were really feeling good, and THEN test you? If things moved through just fine, then it might be right that you are hollding your muscles tight? But if things still go held up, it might be somehting else? I know if it were me, I like to rule things out if I can, even if doesn't give me an answer, at least I know what it ISN'T. Ya' know?
UC diagnosed: December, 1999
Asacol: 1600 MG daily
Immuran: 150 MG daily
Prednisone: 4 MG daily (Woo-Hooo! Getting lower and lower!)
Remicade: Infusion every 7 weeks
Probiotics 4 billion CFU Daily
Glutamine 500 mg 2x Daily
 
OFF all meds!! Liver failure, and emergency surgery as soon as liver levels return to normal. ACK!
 
Surgery August 24, 2007. Home now!

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