Posted 5/14/2020 12:35 PM (GMT -8)
I believe iron at least in oral form is a problem for most of IBDers. With infusions the direct impact on colon should've been milder but it still can have side effects that range from abdominal pain to triggering relapses.
For me personally what has made a huge difference is taking smaller doses of iron supplements first thing in the morning on empty stomach together with vitamin C and high dose of probiotics and avoiding any food/drinks for at least an hour after to allow for as much iron as possible to be absorbed. Probiotics compete for the rest of the unabsorbed iron and prevent other bacteria in colon to take advantage of that iron. Overall this protocol has hugely lowered side effects of iron supplementation for me personally since in the past when I was taking iron alone it would trigger inflammatory reaction (pain/bloating/mucus etc) in sigmoid part of my colon within few hours.