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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/5/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
As you can see by my signature, I'm not currently taking a multivitamin.  I take a lot of iron per my doctor's suggestion, and instead of a probiotic in pill form, I eat a homemade yogurt (which I'm happy with).  So my question is, what am I missing (if anything)? 
I know that I should at least be taking a multivitamin of some sort (probably one in liquid form, so I don't poop it out), but is there anything else that us UC-sufferers tend to be low on?  Anything that I should take in addition to a standard multivitamin? 
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. :-)
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 3X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG as needed.
Diet/Exercise:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.  Yoga and walking.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare

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Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 10/5/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was flaring, I always took just a regular multivitamin with iron. When not flaring, I'm able to eat a normal healthy diet, so I only take calcium and vitamin D.
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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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 3402
   Posted 10/5/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Before UC I never thought taking a multivitamin was necessary - that a balanced diet was enough. Now I'm not so sure. I take Forvia daily. A full does is two pills. I make sure I get at least one a day. (I haven't been so good about taking them lately - too many pills...) It's worth looking in to. Also, some members do well with a children's multivitamin - they can be easier on the tummy.
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 10/07/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 10/6/2008 4:00 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor added fish oil first then multivitamin.

Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin

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