Vitimin B-12??

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mbx5
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 5/6/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to a new GI last week and had some bloodwork done. They called me and left a message the day after but I havent talked with them yet... So today a box of syringes, needles and Vitamin B-12 show up...Instructions are 4x shots per week, then 1 per month.... Anyone know what B-12 is for or why I would have to inject it?
Stats:35 yr old male. UC for 15 years.
location:North Western PA
DX: Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis
Medications:20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Multivitamin.
Surgeries: 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"


Peety
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 2855
   Posted 5/6/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I didn't know you could inject yourself.
I was getting shots at my naturopath for $30 each time, I did four or five shots, one per week I think. Not sure if it made a difference or not. He did say if you get too much it's like too much caffeine, you'll be bouncing off the walls, although some people liked a little extra.

B-12 has something to do with energy, and you need it to allow your iron levels to be restored.
I'm sure someone more informed will weigh in here...
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering. Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; used prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion). 
Bad flare in March, used prednisone. Humira denied, started Remicade 4/12 and doing great~ 


quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Obviously your blood tests are low enough to warrant the B12...

Is your iron low as well?


Interesting stuff, however....keep us updated as to how you're doing.

Will you be injecting yourself or have someone else do it?

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


mbx5
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 5/6/2009 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I will try it myself - never did it....not sure how it will go. I dont mind shots or IV's but when it comes to doing one myself thats a new playing field for me...
Stats:35 yr old male. UC for 15 years.
location:North Western PA
DX: Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis
Medications:20mg pred (as of 4/27/09), 12x pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, 20mg paxil per day, Super-omega fish oil pills - 1x per day, Flax oil pills - 1x am, 1x pm, Culturelle probiotics - 2x am, 1x pm, Multivitamin.
Surgeries: 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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