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jayce
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   Posted 4/17/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, my daughter has her blood tested regularly, and the results are getting better each time, considering all the stuff she takes
we are happy. the problem that stays consistent is low b 12. the dr keeps suggesting red meat, she must not be listening or she would have heard us say that red meat does not
agree with our daughter. it caused her a lot of pain before the meds kicked in,and she doesn't want to eat it evenif the meds mask the pain, i don't blame her, it is just hard on her colon and just because she is feeling better, we don't want things that we know irritated her before all the meds-anyway does anone know what might be a good way to get the B12 i know supplements seem obvious, but they can be hard on the intestines .

thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day


jujub
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   Posted 4/17/2008 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
The primary food sources of B12 are meat, eggs and dairy. If she isn't able to eat any of those, a supplement may be your next step. If she can't tolerate that, B12 can be given as a monthly injection.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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princesscolon
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   Posted 4/17/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken B12 in a liquid form available at Walmart. I didn't notice any digestive changes on it.
Diagnosed with Left-sided UC in 1995 at age 15, Prednisone, Rowasa & Hydrocort. Enemas, Proctofoam, Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Probiotics, Fish Oil, Aloe Juice, Canasa, Enotcort, Colazol, Anamantle, Remicade, etc... had 1 inch deep rectal ulcer 2004, put on Remicade, August 2007:Increased Remicade dosage-700mg every 6 weeks,diagnosed w/ Psoriatic Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Current meds: Clorazepate, Lomotil,  Tylenol pm, Lyrica started 1/17/08, Flagyl 750 mgs started 4/2/08, Humira started 4/4/08


julee70
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   Posted 4/17/2008 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Some people are just naturally low on B12. I don't know how serious it is. But if it's borderline, maybe she can just coast for a while like this. She has enough to deal with, right?

Maybe liquid vitamins? I don't know if the dose is anywhere near high enough, though. Does anyone know?

I hope that your daughter is feeling better these days. I know that it was a really difficult winter for her.
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 4/17/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Try the shot, chronic low b-12 can cause neuro damage...
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Old Hat
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   Posted 4/18/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
PLEASE-- that's great news if your daughter is finally seeing progress against her UC flare. I only eat red meat once or twice a month + very few eggs, but I do consume lactose-free dairy, yogurt, & a couple types of low-salt cheese regularly. That plus a daily multivitamin takes care of my B-12. Your daughter might benefit from a change in daily multivitamin; some have better potency than others. (I myself felt good effects from switching to Centrum Silver last fall.) There is also Forvia, a vitamin complex especially formulated for IBD patients. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)
 

tjf
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   Posted 4/18/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't do well w/ multi-vitamins but my last blood work showed I was low on a couple of things too. Anyway I take a kid's vitamin! If you read the back some children's vitamins have an adult dosage. I take 2 gummy Immune boast Flintstone vitamins. They are the first ones I've ever taken that don't give me a tummy ache.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 4/18/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are near a Trader Joe's, they have a sub-lingual B-12 supplement in cherry flavor with no extra icky sugars or other stuff. They're smaller than a mini M&M - so super easy to take.

Just another option for you :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia diagnosed Feb 2006
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jayce
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 401
   Posted 4/21/2008 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you all for your answers.
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time 6mp50
xifaxan antibiotic 400mg 2x day

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