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I've recently been diagnosed with IBS, and so far I can live with the diet changes, but the fatigue is wearing very very thin can any one out there recommend something that will help (quickly!)? I've had all the blood tests and what not, there is nothing wrong with my thyroid, I'm not anemic.I do yoga on good days, but even that is getting harder to do. If anyone has suggestions PLEASE pass them on. Thank you.
 

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I go through the same thing, and like you, I have had my thyroid, my hormone levels and everything else checked... they even tested me for Epstein-Barr! What it boiled down to is this... my doctor said "Youa re just a very tired person" All that did was frustrate me. I know this isn't any help, except at least now you know you aren't the only one.
 

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i suffer from fatigue a lot, like you VJD i have also had everything checked, but nothing was found, i must say though i dont feel nearly as tired since i started the amatrip, i feel as im getting a great sleep so that way im not nearly as tired
 

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Hi Kitrina,I tried to e-mail you but it bounced back. Following is the info.I don't know if you supplement or not; but back in 1998 I was starting on my 11th year of constant diarrhea and was so exhausted I was regularly nodding off in the afternoon, even when my job had me driving!At that time I was introduced to a customer marketed wellness company by a customer of mine. He talked of a couple of supplements that I might be interested in. The first was a vitamin and mineral complex so absorbant that they guaranteed more energy or your money back. Itried it and within 5 days was no longer fallingasleep behind the wheel. The second supplement,designed to control cholesterol--another problem of mine--turned out to also stop my D and GERD and to keep me pretty well symptom free since the end of 1999, to the point that I have been absolutely normal for the last three years. In fact, my health has so turned around that I have been able to knock my cholesterol down to low, a reading that it had never visited before, got my weight down to where it was in my 30s (I'm in my 60s, now) and as a result, have kept my blood pressure between 120-125 for two years. Where once I thought I was dying, I am now regularlygoing to the gym and feel I have another 20 good years ahead of me.If you are sufficiently fed up with your condition, write me and especially let me know of your IBS symptoms. This may work as well for you as it has for me. (Not to try and rush you into anything; but I am leaving on my 3 week summer holidays on Saturday. If this sounds at all like something you would like to try, and if a money back guarantee based upon your ownevaluation of how you are feeling is ok, we should talk soon.)Good luck. Mark msprague2002###yahoo,ca
 

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There is a set of supplements from http://www.bodyblues.com that you can do yourself at any healthfood store (although they sell it in one pill as well).The other parts of the program are 20 minutes out in natural sunshine every day and 20 mintues of light exercise (preferably both at the same time).The vitamins I take that do help with my energy levels areB-50 (a multi B that has all the things they say you need with some added in)200 mgs Selenium400 mgs Vitamin D.A friend of mine also uses these and we both notice it if we stop for any bit of time.K.
 

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I knew when I posted this that I would bring on the "usual criticisms." The points of interest to me are that I NO LONGER FALL ASLEEP BEHIND THE WHEEL and I NO LONGER HAVE DIARRHEA OR ACID REFLUX. I have no idea if I would be in as good of shape if I had gone to the health food store and used what Kathy recommends. I can only say that I am infinitely grateful that people have done the research to make my restored health possible and I would not ignore anyone's suffering if I can do something to help them. (And if anyone wants to know what I do for a living, it involves the stock exchanges, not trying to steal money from people who are going through what I used to suffer from.)Oldie:This is a thread I have posted regarding the effects of flavonoid supplementation upon my GI disorders:http://ibsgroup.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/76110261/m/42310453This is patent information on the flavonoid supplement I use. All posted information relates to cardiovascular disease. The improvement to my GI disorders is another function of the supplement; a "side effect," if you will:http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?...RS=PN/6,818,233This is the patent inormation for the fructose compunding of minerals for in vivo, clinically proven maximized absorption (96%). Note that there are two different applications patented. The complex I use does not include the steroids:http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?...RS=PN/4,705,875I hope that answers your question.Markmsprague2002###yahoo.ca
 

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Hiya! I used to be like you! I went to my specialist, and through a blood test test determined that I had a B12 deficiancy. She thought that having a course of B12 injections would help in general with my IBS and lethargy. It didn't help at all with my D, but my energy levels most days have gone up ten fold. I still have the odd day (especially towards the end of the month when I need my injection again) when I get tired, but I just have a quick nap after work, and I'm fine again! Just a thought for you....x
 

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Me again! Found this info for you.Who else may need a vitamin B12 supplement to prevent a deficiency? Individuals with pernicious anemia or with gastrointestinal disorders may benefit from or require a vitamin B12 supplement.Older adults and vegetarians may benefit from a vitamin B12 supplement or an increased intake of foods fortified with vitamin B12.Some medications may decrease absorption of vitamin B12. Chronic use of those medications may result in a need for supplemental B12. Individuals with pernicious anemiaAnemia is a condition that occurs when there is insufficient hemoglobin in red blood cells to carry oxygen to cells and tissues. Common signs and symptoms of anemia include fatigue and weakness. Anemia can result from a variety of medical problems, including deficiencies of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate and iron. Pernicious anemia is the name given more than a century ago to describe the then-fatal vitamin B12 deficiency anemia that results from severe gastric atrophy, a condition that prevents gastric cells from secreting intrinsic factor. Intrinsic factor is a substance normally present in the stomach. Vitamin B12 must bind with intrinsic factor before it can be absorbed and used by your body [7,17-18]. An absence of intrinsic factor prevents normal absorption of B12 and results in pernicious anemia. Most individuals with pernicious anemia need parenteral (deep subcutaneous) injections (shots) of vitamin B12 as initial therapy to replenish depleted body B12 stores. Body stores of vitamin B12 can then be managed by a daily oral supplement of B12. A physician will manage the treatment required to maintain the vitamin B12 status of individuals with pernicious anemia.Individuals with gastrointestinal disordersIndividuals with stomach and small intestinal disorders may be unable to absorb enough vitamin B12 from food to maintain healthy body stores [19]. Intestinal disorders that may result in malabsorption of vitamin B12 include:Sprue, often referred to as Celiac Disease (CD), is a genetic disorder. People with CD are intolerant to a protein called gluten. In CD, gluten can trigger damage to the small intestines, where most nutrient absorption occurs. People with CD often experience nutrient malabsorption. They need to follow a gluten free diet to avoid malabsorption and other symptoms of CD. Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects the small intestines. People with Crohn's disease often experience diarrhea and nutrient malabsorption. Surgical procedures in the gastrointestinal tract, such as surgery to remove all or part of the stomach, often result in a loss of cells that secrete stomach acid and intrinsic factor [7,20-21]. Surgical removal of the distal ileum, a section of the intestines, also can result in the inability to absorb vitamin B12. Anyone who has had either of these surgeries usually requires lifelong supplemental B12 to prevent a deficiency. These individuals would be under the routine care of a physician, who would periodically evaluate vitamin B12 status and recommend appropriate treatment.
 

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Kitrina,Do you experience tension headaches and weird vision along with your fatigue. Do you also find your 'think' a lot or more than usual ?Cheers.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Fed Up:I went to my specialist, and through a blood test test determined that I had a B12 deficiancy. She thought that having a course of B12 injections would help in general with my IBS and lethargy. It didn't help at all with my D, but my energy levels most days have gone up ten fold.
The spouse has hypothyriodism and is anemic. She got tired of the monthly doctor visit and expense so I've been giving her B12 injections for the past year. Strange how a script of B12 that will last a year and syringes cost around $5. She still has her blood work done every 6 months to make sure everything is in check.
 

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Thanks for all the help, Forst time I get into twon I'll pick up some b-vit. As for tention headaches, no. Migraines: yes for YEARS! Thanks again for the info.Kit
 

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Kitrina:I am taking Mega doses(twice daily recommended amount) of Acidophlous and Aloe Vera Gel. I have also improved my diet. Began to notice change within a week;this has helped me tremendously Bill
 

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Kitrina,I have IBS-C, migraines, & chronic fatigue. I am always tired! I was always a high energy person, but I'm struggling now.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Kitrina:Thanks for all the help, Forst time I get into twon I'll pick up some b-vit. As for tention headaches, no. Migraines: yes for YEARS! Thanks again for the info.Kit
FYI, a B12 vitamin may or may not work. If you have a deficiency in B12 and are anemic then it's due to your body not being able to absorb B12 through food or vitamins (unless you have an extreme diet which totally lacks B12). Thus why B12 shots are given.Here's a site that discusses B12:http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitaminb12.asp
 

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Been battling with the fatigue ever since ibs started. What helps somewhat is the B comlex and preferably the liquid kind as the stomach does not have to break it down too much for absorption. For those who need B-12 specifically, there is the sublingual kind sold in GNC stores.
 
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Katrina (and others) - yes, I've always suffered from bouts of fatigue but run on loads of nervous energy at others (am always the one organising bus loads of kids in the school hols, etc etc) but when I'm shattered if possible I go and have a sleep - there, that obvious!! it does help, if you can. I'm very lucky in that I only work part-time but if possible, try to grab a quick nap, does work wonders, also loads of plain tap water, dead dull and unsexy but surprisingly effective.Good luckSue, Manchester
 
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One thing that does help me with my energy is Provigil, it is an OTC med. for increased energy and was originally made for Noc shift workers and is not a stimulant.Any help for IBS -C people out there
 
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