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Hi, I have had IBS for quite a few years and i have worked hard to exclude foods that cause irriatation to my bowel. My problem is that exercise, namely running causes my body to stress and my bowel wants to empty during the run. I like running. could this be helped by Iron and vitamin B's. My last blood test showed that i was lacking in vitamin b12 and enimic. I purchased liquid iron and b12 and was on a cause for a bout 6 weeks.Is it possible that i may need to continue with these for ever?
 

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I would ask your Dr that question. Was your bolod ever re-checked after the iron course? If not I would go back to your Dr and ask your questions and also have your blood checked again.As you have found out.. food isn't the only thing that can trigger IBS.... exercise can as well. Have you ever tried using the Calcium carbonate? See more about it here:http://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=72764
 

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If you needed supplements to build the blood back up you should take them while getting regularly checked and not stop them until you are back to normal. Depending on your diet and things like how heavy a woman's period is they may need to stay on them to remain normal.A good percentage of healthy people will get diarrhea if they run for long enough. Anything that can increase diarrehea in the healthy can be a trigger for some IBSers.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/runners-diarrhea/AN00376 has some info and somethings you could try.Some people with IBS may need to take a small dose of Imodium or an antispasmodic before running to keep the intestines calmed down.http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/injur...ives/trots.html has the stats to show this is common.
Commonly known as "runner's trots," many surveys suggest that one-fourth to one-third of recreational marathoners and triathletes have experienced diarrhea during or after distance events.
 

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Not sure about the B12, but if your iron levels are low (either anemia or low ferritin) it can take several months for them to creep back up. My serum ferritin is low and I've been on iron supplements for 3 months now and it's only gone up a little bit. I've read it can take up to 9-12 months in some cases to get the levels back up.
 
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