Please Help on Stomach Pain and Energy Level.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
started a flare up last week and have started to seen improvement the past couple of days.  but now dealing with no energy and slight stomach pains.
i take colazal 3 times a day, rowasa at night, and iron supplement.
anyone have any remedies for dealing with low energy (which i assume is from my blood loss) and stomach pains.
thanks in advance...

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if this may help you but it kind of helped me with my energy level but Ensure or Carnation Instant Breakfast gives me a good pick-up. It's loaded with calcium and protein as well as vitamins. It may help...

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   Posted 11/7/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks whitesox1.

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   Posted 11/7/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
That Ensure was a lifesaver for me while in the middle of bad flare.  Not only did it give me energy, but also helped to maintain/add to my weight that I had lost.  I believe I drank about 3 of them a day (the ones that specify 'weight gain' on them).  Can be somewhat expensive, but well worth it to me (bought the generic ones...same ingredients, but a couple dollars less).

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC (pancolitis)
Currently in mild/moderate flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
20 mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines

Old Hat
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   Posted 11/7/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
There's a possibility that the iron supplement is causing you stomach pain. My gastro, who's a subspecialist in IBD, is very wary of oral iron supplements; told me yrs back that it tends to "clump" in the digestive tract. You might be better off taking Forvia vitamin/mineral tablets, which are specifically formulated for IBD patients. Red_34 has reported good things about it in other threads here. I know that flaring UCers also need folic acid supplements, which Forvia contains. Don't be surprised by your low energy level; many of us have to fight that even in remission! Try to get as much rest as possible because it helps the inflamed tissues to heal. I myself have done better on Colazal than any of the older oral 5-ASAs so I wish you good luck with it. It can take a couple months of full-dosing to feel good results. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily; seem to be back in remission after July flare)

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   Posted 11/7/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree that fatigue is so common for us whether in remission or flaring. I relate the fatigue to having a constant war going on in your body and anyone who has that is bound to get tired. And yes, I do love the Forvia vitamins. I have tried numerous vitamins in the past and I always felt super tired, not enough energy and when I started on Forvia I all around felt 100% better. Though it took a few months to notice it. You can find these vitamins at

When was the last time you had your blood checked for anemia? Are you anemic?
Left sided Uc -'92 - Colazal, Canasa, 6mp, Prilosec, Biotin, Forvia, Pro-Bio 
Allergies - Singulair, Astelin(got the script - just haven't tried it yet!)
Secondary Reynauds Syndrome - '04 - Norvasc
Fibromyalgia - '06 
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   Posted 11/7/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   

i agree with old hat - be careful of the iron supplements - it can do more harm than good  -

and lack of energy just goes with the program - it's taken me almost 4 yrs to get back to feeling pretty normal - but i do have to factor in that i am 4 years older too - and i aint no spring chicken any more - sucks to be old -

anyway, rest as much as you possibly can - and then rest some more - it's ok - your body will thank you -

good luck - LLB

diagnosed with pancolitis december 21, 2003
currently taking: NOTHING !

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone. i have been in remission for almost 4 years but suddenly i got hit with a major flareup this weekend. i live in the restroom right now. I feel a little bit better but just have no energy and still feel some pain in my stomach. the bad news is that i have to catch a flight friday morning. i am taking my family to a football game at notre dame this weekend and am concerned how things will be for me on the road. i have sunk too much money into my trip to cancel it. sorry to vent, but i guess there is never a good time for this stuff.

thanks for all the advice. i just found this site and it feels good to be around others who have the same condition. good evening.

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 11/7/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
FYI: the first ingredient of Ensure is corn syrup, which is one the first ingredients of most candy bars, soda, etc.

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 11/13/2007 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
i have been able to deal with th elack of energy by taking in sunlight. my energy level is so low that when i am in cold and dark places and not moving (like lecture halls) my body just shuts down, no matter how well rested i am. of course now its too cold to sit outside.

A good friend of mine offered to get me a sun lamp because he gets a discount so when i get that i will post a review or sometihng of if it helps or not.

American ginseng under the tongue or mixed into a tea gives me a nice caffiene free boost. buy the sliced dried root.. i get it in Chinatown
left sided
prescribed lialda
take herbal meds instead

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