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#1 kendick

 
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:00 PM

My oncologist has told me that I am annemic and need B-12 in my system. He explained that B-12 will not be absorbed in my stomach so I don't get any B-12 in my bloodstream. He put me on shots. Once per week. He says probably for the rest of my life. Ive always been the low-metabilism type guy. Always tired, etc. Does anybody have experience with this? Will this help me to get my energy back that I lost years ago? He also told me that I've probably had celiac for many years. I'm 54 and havent felt great for a long, long time. So, I was just wondering if anybody out there has the same issues !!Thanks. This is my first time here. I was just diagnosted last month so Im still trying to figure everything out with this problem......
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:21 AM

I am relatively new to Celiac and am trying to figure out what this all means for me also. I didn't know there was anything wrong with me until Dec. when a GI doc mentioned anemia during a routine colonoscopy at 50. As I have read more about Celiac, I can say I can identify with some symptoms and defiantly have some absorption issues resulting in anemia, Vit D and recently told of B12. On Wedn. I was put on weekly B12 shots for 24 weeks. I thought weekly seems a little different than what I heard others say, but I'm going to give it a try. My husband was put on the same amount but once a month. Different doctor than mine. From what I have read, it seems the shots are the best way to go because of the absorption issues with people with Celiac. I'm sure all people are different, but I had the impression that once off gluten and your intestines heal, your body would then absorb the nutrients and you wouldn't have to stay on the shots. As I said, I am new and learning as I go.

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:31 AM

I have gotten 2 B12 shots. I don't know if it is from them or from going gluten free that has helped me. I guess it could be a combo of both. I hope you can get your energy back because I know how miserable it is without it. Hang in there. I do know that it takes time.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:48 AM

I'm taking "sublingual liquid B complex with B12". It will go into your blood stream from under your tongue, not through your stomache or intestines. I guess that would be the alternative to the shots, but I don't have medical insurance.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:59 AM

I initially took B12 shots once a month; I still take them every three months although now four years post gluten free. Some of us, it seems, do not fully recover our absorption ability, and while I am obviously getting some from my food I still have to supplement. Same with everything else :(
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:32 AM

I initially took B12 shots once a month; I still take them every three months although now four years post gluten free. Some of us, it seems, do not fully recover our absorption ability, and while I am obviously getting some from my food I still have to supplement. Same with everything else :(

Looks like Im not the only one with the problem. I am taking the shots once a week and was told by my oncologist that it will probably be a life long treatment.. Doesn't sound like much fun. But, as a cancer survivor, I know it could be alot worse. I'm just wondering how long before I start feeling better. Does it take a few weeks for the shots to take effect?? Thanks to everybody. I am learning as I go, for sure.
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