I was on a megadose of Vitamin D for about 8 weeks, and I felt good. The prescription ran out, I've missed one dose, and I now have a cold. Interesting, huh? I've just taken half of a One-a-Day Energy (a whole one seems to give me a stomach ache). What's in it? Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum, Chloride, Potassium, and more.
My doctor has me on a once-a-week dose of 50,000 of Vitamin D for only 12 weeks; then after that I have to take a smaller daily dose. The last round of blood work I had for my normal physical showed this deficiency which is being treated. Apparently D deficiencies are quite common nowadays.
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Mangoes sound fabulous; I think I'll pick some up. I need to take my energy vitamin today as well as my megadose of Vitamin D that the doctor has me on (a whopping 50,000 i.u. a week for the past several weeks). I recommend that anyone with IBS or low energy, depression, anxiety ... get your Vitamin D checked, as many people have very low levels and can get help from a supplement prescribed by the doc. Over the counter supplements can help some, but you may need a bigger boost. The latest research shows Vitamin D has wonderful benefits. Here's the link to some info. www.womentowomen.com/healthynutritio n/ vitamind.aspx
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The pharmacist at Walmart told me it's the iron in vitamins that caused pain in IBS. The Woman's SILVER for women over 50 may be okay for me. It's for women who already went through menopause, some don't have iron in them. I'm glad the stool softeners are okay for you. I buy a big container of Metamucil ever other week at 12 bucks a shot.. unless I have a coupon..
I should probably ask the doctor about the stool softeners, but it was the pharmacist who told me to take them --- it was when I was prescribed iron (my iron is very low), but when I take iron I end up doubled over with pain -- so she recommended one stool softener a day, and when that didn't help, she said it would be fine to take two. I quit taking the iron because I just couldn't deal with its effects, but I kept the habit of the stool softeners.
I just looked it up, and got some good news from at least one source: it says the stool softeners everyday are okay unless they have stimulant laxatives. What I am taking does not. I'm still going to mention it to the doctor, though. By the way, my doc put me on some kind of all natural herbal formula to help me go, and even taking two or three a day, I still didn't go regularly. I think I've got a very stubborn system.
I thought you weren't supposed to take stool softeners everyday... I make sure I take Metamucil Clear and Natural 3 doses a day. I have BMs everyday too. Some days I have a few small ones and the very next day I can wake up at 5 AM with a slightly painful abdomen (stool cramps) and have a huge one with several more large Bms during the day. I think my problem is i don't eat enough natural fiber.(veggies) I should eat more canned fruit I suppose. I get horrible painful gas and bloating with fresh fruit. Watermelon bothers me the least, I can eat 2 cups a day with only soft stools to show for it.
Lorraine, if you aren't having any trouble with the EsterC, I'd stick with it. I might try it myself. I crave oranges sometimes, but I try to limit my consumption. Something I've observed about myself is that I can tell whether I'm going to have any IBS problems by one simple measurement; if I have a good b.m. in the morning, there won't be trouble later. So, the objective for me is to accomplish that. I know people say it's normal to not go for a few days, even three -- but not me. I must stay regular, or it means agony is on the way. One thing that is helping me is taking a stool softener every day, sometimes more than one a day.
Vitamin C is a real trigger for IBS? How about Ester-C which is easier on the stomach? I hardly ever eat fruit because of the IBS and I feel I need the Vitamin C. Ester-C is okay with me. I have acid reflux so i don't drink or eat citrus. Yet we need the building up of our immune systems Vitamin C gives us! I find that since taking the probiotics and the magnesium supplements now, I don't have to take two doses of Omeprazole for my acid reflux now. I'm down to one dose a day.
I'm taking One A Day Energy. When I take it in the morning, it really does seem to give me a boost throughout the day, which I need. However, I must take it with food to avoid stomach problems. When I have a headache, I take acetaminophen. According to Heather Van Vorous (an expert on IBS, apparently), Vitamin C is a real trigger for IBS symptoms, which is interesting to me because I also have other problems with citric acid at times. For instance, if I have too much orange juice, lemon juice, etc. (for several days in a row, usually), I sometimes develop ulcerations in my mouth -- canker sores. I am particularly susceptible to this if I already have a mouth injury, even something as simple as a little wound from biting my own lip by accident. My point is that apparently I have a sensitivity to citrus products all the way around. This doesn't mean that I can't occasionally enjoy them. I do. www.allexperts.com/ep/3225-58467/Irr it able-Bowel-Syndrome/Heather-Van-VoroR>us.htm
I agree fish oil gives me reflux, but as for aspirin--if doctor recommends it, always take with some food in your stomach; the same for vitamins. As a wise doctor told me (after I got very sick),"Vit.'s are supplements, not a substitute!
I can't take Fish Oil or the aspirin because they upset my stomach. I figure I eat fish at least once a week so I am getting enough omega-3s that way. No heart or stroke problems in the family so I figure I really don't need to aspirin either!
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I take a really good multi that doesn't seem to bother my stomach- Nature's Plus "Source of Life." It's a vitamin, mineral, and whole foods supplement, and is one of the few that does not include a probiotic. I have found that Align is the only probiotic that has a positive impact on my symptoms. (Discovered the hard way after taking a vitamin that included a different probiotic that wreaked havoc on my system.)
Congratulations on kicking the cigarette habit. I never take more vitamins than I need, so I skip the multi. Sometimes I will take a stress tab like ZBEC. I also take D along with Calcium and now they say that 'D' has a lot of other benefits other than assimilating the calcium supplement.
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