Iron Supplements

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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's a quick ileo related question:
Who takes iron supplements and what kind do you take?
My latest blood tests shows my B-12/Iron is on the low side of normal.  I will be getting my B12's more often now, but have to start taking some iron so I thought I'd check with the experts before calling my GI!!  Don't tell him I said that devil

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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
HI, I have iron syrup because i have crohns and an ileo i don't absorb the sugarcoated tablets i also have B12 shots and take folic acid Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma
 No maintance drugs as such on B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, 20mg EScitalopram 4 anxiety.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to take iron supplements after my ileostomy surgery last year.  My surgeon had me on Ferrous Gluconate 300 mg 3 times daily for about 2 mnths.  What a difference they made in my energy levels!!  I had to start them slowly though (one per day then work up to 3) because they nauseated me something awful..once I got used to them it was no problem though...hope this helps you!.....Cheryl :-)
Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09

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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on iron twice a day, ever since my surgery last year, and now B12 monthly. Remember not to take it with milk, and certain antibiotics, because both will decrease how well it works.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/4/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks you guys/gals are AWESOME!!

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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't tolerate iron supplements - stomach pain & higher output. Maybe try them like every other day to start to test the waters, so to speak. I don't tolerate ibuprofen either....
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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