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answers4me2
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   Posted 4/29/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I had low levels of vitamin D before my ostomy surgery and my doctor prescribed a prescription Vitamin D, 50,000 IU's once a week. I have now had my ileostomy for 10 months and just had more blood work and my Vitamin D is even LOWER???

What is up with that? My doctor prescribed more Vitamin D....

Is it possible that my body is not storing the vitamin D?

Anyone else experience this?

My cholesterol was lower than ever. Total was 163. WOOHOO That is some good news.

I also have to give myself b12 injections because my b12 is low....

Is this normal with an ileostomy?

How can I get my body to absorb more vitamins?

Thanks, Tracy

suebear
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   Posted 4/29/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Low Vitamin D is an epidemic and it doesn't affect just ostomates; it affects the general population. I was low last year and was prescribed a month of the 50,000IU (1 per week) was retested 6 weeks later and was fine but when I went back for my annual this year I was low again! I live in sunny Calif. am outdoors all the time yet I can't get adequate D. My Dr. now has me on 2,000IU per day.

For those ostomates who had their ileum compromised, B-12 injections may become necessary. My ileum is fine and my B-12 stores are way over the top.

Sue

SigmaChi
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   Posted 4/29/2011 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
That's a crazy amount of vitamin d! Get some sunlight and drink a ton of milk.
No colon, still rollin'

stripey
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   Posted 4/30/2011 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It is a worldwide problem. We spend less time out of doors in the daylight and also tend to slap high factor sunscreen on and cover up with longer clothes. The trouble is the high factor sunscreen and long clothes means the body cannot absorb the sun rays to convert it into vit D, one study I read said we should have 20 mins per day in sun without sunscreen at all between 11-2. Then you have the other reports about sun causing skin cancer and that we must all wear high factor and wear long sleeved tops and long shorts.

So what do you do, I must admit I don't wear sunscreen on a daily basis unless I know I'm going to be outside a lot like gardening or day out somewhere. If I am popping in and out I won't bother and I drink 2 pints milk minimum per day and take calcium and vit D supplements as well. No idea of what my vit D levels are though.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

ENIGMAWRAP
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   Posted 5/1/2011 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
NASCARon: What is "Vitaligo?" What are symptoms?

enigma
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stripey
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   Posted 5/2/2011 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
It's where you get white patches on the skin where pigment fails and they can appear anywhere and can gradually increase in size and number. Like supposedly Michael Jackson had. Means if you tan it shows up really badly. Think that's right but happy to be corrected if not. My old boss had it and she was really pale.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.
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