Fatigue and B12 shots?

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   Posted 11/7/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody, this is my first post but I've been "stalking" the board for awhile:) I have a question about battling fatigue. Have any of you gotten B12 shots for this reason and did it help? I have a doctors appt with my GI on Friday and one of the things on my list (yes I always take a list of questions with me, most of them are questions from my husband that he doesn't want me to forget to ask. I've become known as the list lady).


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   Posted 11/7/2007 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I don't know anything about the B12 shots, though I'm curious to see anyone elses response to that.  But as far as the fatigue goes, has it just been recently?  You're down to 5mg of prednisone, and when I get down to 10-15mg of pred. I tend to lose all the energy I had before, and then some.  I'm on 10mg now and sometimes don't seem to have the energy to make it through the day.  This tapering symptom does tend to fade with time, guess it just depends on how long it takes your body to adjust.

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
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Currently in mild flare
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   Posted 11/7/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been overly tired since I got out of the hospital in Aug, but the last month or so I'm so tired I want to go to bed sooo badly I cry.  It's so hard to take naps with the little ones around.  Our son goes to bed at 7 and I've started to put my daughter to bed at the same time, much to her horror, so I can go to bed earlier.  Think is they are now both up at the crack of dawn.  I guess it did start as the pred taper started about a month and half ago.

Diagnosed with UP in Feb 2005 Developed into UC by Jan 2006
Rowasa, Asacol, Colazal, Entorcort
Hospitalized July-Aug 2007 Pancolitis
Contracted C Diff.
Salumedrol, Flagyl, Remicade, Demerol, Prednisone, Antibiotics
Prednisone tapering currently down to 5mg
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   Posted 11/8/2007 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Ladyhawk...I added a subject to your post in hopes you will get more replies!
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   Posted 11/8/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
B-12 shots only work if your B-12 stores are depleted. Ask your GI for a blood test that checks for those levels. I lost all my stores after 2 straight years of bloody diarrhea. If you have been chronically ill for some time your levels could be low.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 11/8/2007 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
You should have your iron and hemoglobin levels checked, too. You could be anemic and that would contribute to fatigue. I've had iron I.V. infusions and B-12 shots when I was really ill. It did seem to help, but rest and time to heal are still needed. It's a long haul. If there's anything you can do to lighten your workload/stress level, I'd highly recommend it.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
C-scope confirmed UC diagnosis 9/18/2007
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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   Posted 11/8/2007 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   

There are many possible causes for fatigue, some of which have already been mentioned (Low B12 levels, low iron levels, etc.). It's also possible that you maybe low on other minerals as well, which is why most of us take multi-vitamins. Another possibility could be diet, there maybe some foods that exacerbate your uc condition; main culprits are often foods containing sugars (cakes, sodas, candy, etc.) and dairy, especially milk. Some of us reduce our carb intake and avoid breads as well.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily

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