Thanks for VITAMIN INFO!!!

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   Posted 12/29/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well  folks,  it seems you all are very experienced with the benefit of extra Vitamins.   Maybe because the doctors don't actually have the disease, they aren't as clued in.
I'll have to tell my son to start taking some kinda extra vitamin.  It will make ME feel better anyway,, tongue
His business requires he has a lot of stamina because he does a lot of physical stuff.  He stays nice and slender, and kinda eats on the run.  Which would be the best supplement to take.  I remember reading a while back that there was a certain Vitamin designed especially for people with Colitis but can't remember what they called it. Anyone know?  Hmm,  maybe I'll start taking something.  You guys convinced me that it would be good,  although I believe in,
"If it ain't broke...don't fix it."  And right now,  I'm in pretty good shape, everything works, except I need new glasses.
Anyway,   thanks again,  I love a good discussion, especially when I learn something.  OK?
So, ya all stay well,  and I continue to pray for some kinda cure for this lousy disease.  Just watching the 2 men I love the most, and what they go through, not to mention some of your stories, just makes me so sad.  I feel your pain, believe me I do!!  
Take care.    Caring mom

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   Posted 12/29/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
If they (both hubby and son) get their levels checked then they'll only have to supplement with vitamins they are lacking, but it would be a good idea for them both to take a good probiotic, it really can make a world of difference and if you're hubby is on the milder side it's still a wise choice to take one daily and indefinitely...the one I use is called Primadophilus Reuteri made by Natures Way, it's affordable and only one/day is needed (in Canada I pay 28.00 for 90 caps), the only downside is it must be kept in the fridge (including when you purchase it, it must be in the store fridge), it also happens to aid with lactose intolerance issues and high cholesterol (even if those aren't issues it's still a great one to take because it has guaranteed intestinal release which is also very important for a probiotic especially for IBDers).

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

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   Posted 12/29/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Forvia. It is especially formulated for people with IBD. It is only available on their website. Their customer service is good and their shipping is fast.

Before UC, I never took a multivitamin. I believed that a balanced diet was all that I needed. However, now that I know my colon is damaged, I believe that my body can use all of the help it can get.

Best of luck.

BTW - probiotics are a MUST in my mind!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Mild Flare
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and a probiotic
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 12/02/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 12/29/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Cool info on the IBD related vitamins - will have to check that out.

Cra43 - if he is eating on the run all the time, is fast food common? I have noticed that most fast food - even the chicken sandwiches and chicken nuggets cause me issues with urgency and diarrhea. about the only fast food I can tolerate is a plain tuna sub from Subway....
34 yr old male. UC for 14 years. Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis. 40mg pred (as of 12/16/08), 12 pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics, Multivitamin. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"

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   Posted 12/29/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm very active and this is what I have used for many years to supplement my active lifestyle. It may be of some use to your son or hubby.

Digestive enzymes, probiotics, essential amino supps, fiber supplement, multivitamin, protein shakes. (in order of my personal importance.)

Stay away from brown carbonated beverages, excess caffeine, fast-food and anything with MSG in it, candy and refined sugars.

Remain as active and healthy as posible during remission because that seems to dictate the length and severity of flares.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

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