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   Posted 3/31/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a college student with ulcerative colitis who is wondering if anyone knows of a possible way to increase energy without harmful caffeinated drinks. I feel like I am really tired all the time, especially because I have been extremely busy with work and studying. Although fatigue is probably related to the huge variety of medications I'm on, I'm still looking for a food or drink that can give me a boost during the day. Any suggestions?


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   Posted 3/31/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't really know what to suggest, I exercise on a regular basis which has helped tons with my energy levels, changing my diet (avoiding processed foods/beverages and fast foods has also helped too), but if you don't have time to exercise on a regular basis then the only other thing I can think of is checking out what health food stores might have that don't contain the junky stuff you can by everywhere eles. I've seen little energy drink bottles that are suppose to be all natural that my local health food store sells, don't know the name of the drink off hand though.

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   Posted 4/1/2009 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Apples are meant to be really good at waking you up, maybe try those?
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis December 2008
Treating with:
-Prednisone (5mg - tapering (slowly...) from 40mg)
-Pentasa x8 a day
-Pentasa enema once daily
Also taking Iron supplements and Multi-vitamins
~When a flag moves, it is neither the air nor the flag that is really moving, it is the mind~

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 4/1/2009 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
When I have pain I take tylonel with codine & caffine. It give you the little cafine boost and has the added benefit of being consitipating .

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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
My energy was so low that I now have regular B12 shots every 4 or 5 weeks. It has helped alot with my energy levels. Also have your blood checked. You could be low on iron. I receive an iron infusion with every remicade infusion.

In addition, make sure you get enough rest. With UC you need less stress and much more rest than you might realize.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily

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   Posted 4/1/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
A friend on mine is using Ribose...seems to be helping her energy levels. Do the research, however...I can't tell you a lot about it. Something to consider, however.

*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares, tapered to maintenance  mild flare nightly enemas
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3 
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 4/1/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
The best thing you can do is just get enough sleep. Though I'm a student myself and a coffee addict.
21, female, diagnosed 3/6/2009
Currently taking Asacol (3x/day) and Prednisone (tapering dose)

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   Posted 4/1/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this problem as well. Even after 8-9 hours of sleep, I'm exhausted even though I'm in remission. What meds are you on?

Nor, were your B12 levels low? Or were you able to get the shots just on the basis that you were tired?
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (7 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 20 mg Prozac, VSL #3 DS, Turmeric

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 4/2/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I can only tell you from my experience. I had lost 30 Kgs. during my 1st surgery just in 5 days. I could not even get up on my own, forget about walking. Was reduced to bare 45 Kgs. Besides this I could not tolerate any solids or semi solids as they would get stuck in stoma and cause blockage. I was on liquid diet for over 3 months. The doc told me that I need 2300 calories per day and he made a diet chart for me. I do not say that the same may hold good for everybody as everyone has a different body constitution, but still it may guide others.
5.00 A.M. Tea with High Protein Biscuits
7.00 A.M. Milk with lot of Jaggery or diet supplement like complan
8.00 A.M. Fresh Citrus Juice
9.00 A.M. Fresh Pomengrate Juice
10.00 A.M. Fresh home made green gram and tomattor soup.
11.00 A.M. Banana Shake
11.30 A.M. and in between every meal. chocolate. I would eat half a kg dairy milk (without nuts) chocolate everyday.
12.30 Soup
1.00 .P.M. a little rest
2.00 P.M. again juice
3.00 some yogurt with jaggery
4.00 Tea with biscuits
5.30 Banana / Pears shake
6.30 Pomengrate Juice
7.30 Soup
8.30 Milk with complan or diet supplement and Jaggery
9.30 Chocolate
10.00 Milk and jaggery

Can you believe I gained 9 kgs in just 6 days with the said diet and could walk on my own on the third day itself. It was like miracle.
For energy you can simply have dairy milk chocolate and banana shake. It is very helpful.

SHould you need any help keep us posted.
Cheer Up and good health to you.
45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 360
   Posted 4/3/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
The doctor checked my B12 levels and because I told him I could hardly do my job, he started giving me B12 injections with every Remicade infusion. I go every 4 or 5 weeks and I'm finding that the injections only last a couple of weeks. My second week after my infusion is always my best week. The third week is just ok, and by the 4th or 5 week, I am back to being tired and unfocused. I'm not sure if B12 can accumulate but they seem just kind of temporary for me.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 4 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 4 weeks
                   B12 every 4 weeks              
                   15 mg. Methotrexate/injection weekly
                   12 Asacol daily
                   10 mg. Celexa daily

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