What is the best dose and type of calcium to take?

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Mia @;------
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   Posted 10/5/2008 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I've woken up today with severe joint pain, i feel like ive been hit by a car. I've suffered on and off with joint pain for a while which i think was triggered by being on a course of pred for 3 months within a space of 5 months,then my symptoms started.
Anyway im on the cursed steroids again after taking a break for a year and a half. Im worried about my bones!!!
What is the best calcium supplement, that is eaisiest to be absorbed by our sick colons!?
Does anyone know of a vitamin store called holland and barrats?
Thanks guys!
Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare.
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
Wanting an alternative, maybe enemas???
 


jujub
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   Posted 10/5/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to take 1500 - 1800mg. a day, divided into three doses. Your body won't absorb more than 600 at a time, so taking them all at the same time won't work. Be sure to get a calcium supplement with Vitamin D, as it is needed for your body to use the calcium. The calcium is absorbed in the small intestine, so the status of your colon shouldn't affect absorption. While there are a lot of claims that one formulation is better absorbed than others, there's not any hard evidence, so use whatever fits your budget and preferences. I use Caltrate with D.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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Sara14
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   Posted 10/5/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if this is the best to take, but I take Viactiv chews (chocolate flavored) because they taste good and it's one less pill that I have to swallow.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


Christine1946
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   Posted 10/5/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
     I already have osteoporosis, most likely from the prednisone and suffered a compressed fracture of the lumbar spine about four years ago.  Thank the good Lord, I don't have any pain, although I did have really bad pain at time of fracture.  Oddly, my hips are unaffected.  I credit this to my walking every day for years.  I, like Judi, take the Caltrate.  I didn't know you had to take 1800 mgm though. The doctor always told me to take 1200 mgm daily.  I do have calcium in my daily vitamin and I eat a lot of calcium enriched foods.

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.


jujub
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   Posted 10/5/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Christine, the higher dose is for when you're on steroids. They leach the calcium from your bones, so a higher dose is recommended.

I also had a fracture related to long-term steroids, but in my lower leg. I also had degeneration (avascular necrosis) in the shoulder from steroids. So for those of you on steroids, be sure you take your calcium and vitamin D, get weight-bearind exercise such as walking and consider asking your doctor about anti-osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


Christine1946
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   Posted 10/5/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
     My family doctor did mention Fosamax, but since I told him I didn't want to take a chance getting ulcers in my esophagus, they are already in my colon, he didn't push the matter.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.


Mia @;------
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   Posted 10/6/2008 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the posts!

I've been on the steroids for 4 days now at 40mg, been house bound so havent left to buy any.. is it a little too late now?

 


Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


kops2da
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   Posted 10/6/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Probably never too late! Try eating calcium rich food until you can get out...
Milk† 1 cup 290-300
Swiss cheese 1 oz (slice) 250-270
Yogurt 1 cup 240-400
American cheese 1 oz (slice) 165-200
Ice cream or frozen dessert 1/2 cup 90-100
Cottage cheese 1/2 cup 80-100
Parmesan cheese 1 Tbs 70
Powdered nonfat milk 1 tsp 50
Other
Sardines in oil (with bones) 3 oz 370
Canned salmon (with bones) 3 oz 170-210
Broccoli 1 cup 160-180
Soybean curd (tofu) 4 oz 145-155
Turnip greens 1/2 cup, cooked 100-125
Kale 1/2 cup, cooked 90-100
Corn bread 2 1/2-in. square 80-90
Egg 1 medium 55
Calcium-fortified food (bread, cereals, fruit juices)‡ 1 serving Varies
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
10/3/2008 - agreed to try one Lialda and one Canasa every day due to my sensitivity to all medications and side effects. Colonoscopy 10/28 to reaccess.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Mia @;------
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   Posted 10/6/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks alot for that kop2da!
Female
Diagnosed in 2001,
Since then i have flared seven times, each time taking 40mg of pred for a month to manage the flare. Now on my eighth dose since diagnosis!
Currently on Asacol 6 tabs a day
 
 


piper_chris
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   Posted 10/6/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're having fast track and/or significant undigested food in toilet, you may want to try chewable or liquid instead of pills. The calcium pills are hard to break down, I thought I saw them come back through intact (no big surprise to me since most vegetables do too, even cooked ones).
- female 41, diagnosed ulcerative colitis Feb 2005
- just got off prednisone after a 5month taper from 80mg down to 0mg!!
- currently 6-MP/mercaptopurine/purinethol 75 mg, asacol/mesalamine 4800mg (4 pills x 3 times day), Canasa 1000mg nightly
- VSL#3, fiber supplements, multivitamin, chewable calcium, fish oil, biotin, sometimes iron pills


pb4
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   Posted 10/7/2008 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I take vitamin C-Calcium ascorbate, it's easy on the guts.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Limeycricketlover
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   Posted 10/7/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea about the vit c with calcium. Vit c can help with the absorption of minerals and metals! I'm on Adcal-D3 - chewable (3000 mg per day - gives 1200 mg of calcium). I actually enjoy the taste of them!
UC - diagnosed Sep 2008
Seeing GI for first post hospitalization consultation Oct 9th - should get full diagnosis then

Omeprazole 40mg
Prednisolone 20mg
Calcium (Adcal-D3) 3000mg
Mesalazine 4000mg
Mesalazine foam enema
Multivitamins
Probiotic (acidophilus)
FOODS FOR ME TO AVOID:
Any types of green leaf - big time.


pb4
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   Posted 10/7/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
This is why I take vitamin C...Vitamin C: Ascorbic acid promotes the healing of wounds through its role in collagen synthesis. Ascorbic acid also serves to support the immune system in fighting off infections.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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