to those of you on B12 shots

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Christine1946
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   Posted 11/14/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
     How is it you came about taking B-12 shots?  Did your family doctor have to order blood tests?

pam222
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   Posted 11/14/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I was supposed to get the shots but the nurse in the hospital kept telling me how painful they were, so I asked for pills instead. I had blood tests in the hospital
27/F Diagnosed with UC 11/08
12/18/09 Removal of colon, creation of J-Pouch and ostomy; recessed stoma
12/30/09 Takedown too soon; RV fistula
1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery
3/30/10 Takedown again
6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease (maybe...)
Tried Asacol, Remicade, Prednisone, Entocort, Humira. Currently no meds and waiting to see a new doctor

badbaggirl
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   Posted 11/14/2010 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I had blood tests and was VERY low in B12 (tired, tingling fingers, toes and lips). Some people are like that because the body does not absorb it, so just taking pills is not always the answer. I have the shots and they aren't painful what so ever, and I am a BIG baby.

Chasblah
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   Posted 11/14/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I had tests when I had u/c and was low, so the Dr. ordered them. Then, after surgery, the Dr. thought it'd be a good idea to keep them up, since I also lost some of my small intestine anyway. I had my levels checked recently, and it's good, so I continue to do them every 2 weeks-ish (sometimes I forget).

Pam-
I do not think the shots hurt, at all! I don't understand what that nurse was talking about. If you have to get lovanox injections, THOSE hurt.
Chassity
29y. married with one beautiful daughter born 11/20/07
-2002 dx with severe pancolitis u/c; 12/19/08 had total colectomy; 12/25/08 emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
Feeling Fabulous Now with my ileostomy!!!!!
Pregnant with second baby due 5/26/11

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/15/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Blood work shows your levels...if you have issues at your Terminal Ilium you may not absorb enough B12.

I give myself IM shots monthly, at home, and they do not hurt any more than other shots...they aren't like Heparin!!!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

pam222
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   Posted 11/15/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
See, Lovenox shots don't bother me at all and neither did Humira. The nurse was just freaking me out
27/F Diagnosed with UC 11/08
12/18/09 Removal of colon, creation of J-Pouch and ostomy; recessed stoma
12/30/09 Takedown too soon; RV fistula
1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery
1/25/10 Stoma Revision Surgery
3/30/10 Takedown again
6/9/10 Scope and Biopsy--Diagnosed with Crohns Disease (maybe...)
Tried Asacol, Remicade, Prednisone, Entocort, Humira. Currently no meds and waiting to see a new doctor

Christine1946
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   Posted 11/15/2010 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
     I went to my family doctor this morning and he said even though I don't feel up to par, that he thought I was doing fantastic considering the surgery I went through, my age and all the medications I was on prior to surgery.  He said my extended use of prednisone took a toll on my system and it will most likely take a year for me to get my strength back.
     He ordered extensive blood work....CBC with Diff/platelets, Comp. Metabolic Panel (14), Hepatic function Panel, Lipid Panel, TSH, Vitamin B12 & Folate, Serum Cortesol.  This should get to the bottom of things.
     Tomorrow I go for the MRI of abdomen and pelvis with and without contrast.  The surgeon wants to make sure he isn't missing anything.  I continue to pass mucus.  The pressure has gone away since he suctioned out my anus last Tuesday.
     BOY...I will be sooooo glad when all these issues are resolved.  Before UC,  I went to the doctor's office once a year, if that!!! eyes

Christine1946
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   Posted 11/15/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
     Wow Nascar, that's quite often.  Did you have your B12 level checked lately?

Shiney
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   Posted 11/16/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I inject monthly after my primary doc ran blood work that showed I was deficient. I have an ileostomy so I don't absorb it anymore and will need to inject from now on.
Injection isn't painful and I do it myself.
Crohn's since 1990. Bowel resection few years later then sub total colectomy / ileostomy in 1996. Ileostomy reversed in 2000. I did real well on Remicade when I flared up a couple years after the reversal. After Remicade failed me, I had ileostomy surgery AGAIN Feb 2008. Currently working towards remission once again. One day at a time!

Christine1946
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   Posted 11/18/2010 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
     Shiney..I had the same operation as you.  My hair looks HORRIBLE smhair !!!  I always had thin hair but it really is dry and falling out.  I also have dryness around the corners of my mouth.  Sounds like B12 defiency huh?  Very tired also.  What an old crock I am turning into tongue .

Arundinaria
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   Posted 11/18/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I take 1shot of b12 each week. I also take a procrit 1 time month. No matter what you save on vitamin b 12, you will blow it ,manytimes over if you have to augment it with procrit about $400










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