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OK........I am officially sick to my stomach. I had a baked sweet potatoe and homemade baked chicken for lunch and feel ill.

The only thing that I can think of is that I started a new gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, egg, free, wheat free mulitple vitamin today. My chiro recommended it and we checked to make sure it was ok to take. After having it in my possession for a week I finally gave in and took it with lunch. Now I feel so sick....gut, head, muscles! I am sooooo bloated and am wiped. I feel like I need to lie down! I feel better when I don't eat anything and don't take anything. All this trying to get better is killing me! I've had it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Venting over!

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OK.....I checked the ingredients and here they are: Microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid, silica, magnesium stearate, croscomellose sodium, silica, sodium copper cholorphylin, and modified cllulose coating.

On one of the other products that this manufacturer makes it had : sodium starch glycolate...........

so i thought it was in here too and I wrote the manufacturer. he said that it did not contain gluten. Now I am not so sure. If its not that then something int eh vitamin part made me ill. My gut today is still sore and irritated. I will have to stay away for vitamins for a while....or at least those that have a thousand supplements in them.

thanks,

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Vitamins in general are sometimes just very harsh, depending on what they include. Sometimes they just cause general upset (gluten-free or not). Just something to think about.

-Jessica :rolleyes:

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Thanks Jessica,

I am NOT taking them anymore. In the past they have been more harmful than actually doing any good. Today my gut is sooooooooooo sore and it has gotten me so upset. I just want to go home and crawl up inot a ball! It seems that the more I try to do in so far as supplements...the worst off I am.

Have a great day!

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Mel,

I'm sorry you had such a bad experience and have had to suffer for it...

I used to be a vitamin junky then found suddenly I couldn't take anything without it making me sick.

After a lot of experimenting the only thing I found to be tolerable was kid's chewables...mainly the gummy variety. Most of them I found were gluten-free, but that doesn't mean the dyes might not upset you. Nonetheless the amounts of each vitamins in them was so low it wasn't upsetting. Small amounts of liquid vitamins is also an option. Pill form multiples are out for me..it seems like they are all upsetting. I now take them separately, C's, B's, E's, etc....and not necessarily every day.

My biggest problem was with Vitamin C....NO ascorbic acid for me..YIKES that stuff is caustic to the gut...... I found that I could tolerate a BUFFERED Sodium ascorbate, and just recently have gone to a buffered Calcium ascorbate without upset.

Because it is in powder form you can take as little as you want at any one time...unlike taking it in pill form.

Just somethings you may want to try when you get to feeling better.

Kandee

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Thanks so much for your response. At least I don't feel like a freak. just to amke sure that it was me and not the vitamin my husvand took it the next day with NO problem. I guess there was just too much in it. I had been taking a Vit B, Vit E and a Fish oil....all separately at my doctor's suggestion and it had been working fine!

Of course when I went to the chiroporactor and he commented on how thin I was and how I looked it prompted me to take the vitamin that he sells in his office. He swears by it and takes 6 of them a day! Well..he doesn't have GI problems! I DO!!! Anyway, I really should have know better and not let him convince me to "JUST GIVE THEM A TRY". My gut is still destroyed..it's like 3 days later and everything else is now bothering me. It feels RAW and hurts all over! Then it triggers body pain and fatigue too. I could barely get out of bed today and all my muscles are sore. I just want to run and hide!

This has to get better! I can't imagine being like this forever! I am so disappointed in myself and so sad at how things turned out for me. I just want to feel better and not have daily pain. Sometimes I think that if I just stay in this house all day for the next couple of weeks and NOT eat!!!...then thing will calm down and my gut will heal. then I can try this all over and make sure I do it right!

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Oh Mel, don't feel alone with the vitamin problem..it's not you, it's the form you tried. I give the ones I've learned I can't take to my hubby as well...LOL

About Metagenic....well, they make potent stuff. I was on their Ultra Flora Plus DF (probiotics) for a long time. I still am but have cut way back on the amount I take which is now one every other day.

The probiotics I'm getting in the homemade kefir (made with rice or almond milk) is so much more soothing to my gut than the Metagenics, and the kefir has different strains that I think are easier to tolerate.

Like you, I do better with taking the vitamins separately, and about every other month I go to the alt. MD and get a vitamin drip (IV) which makes me want to concur the world right afterwards. (Unfortunately they are expensive.) That says to me, no matter what I take in the way of vitamins orally, I must have some malabsorption issues going on. You may too.....just go with your gut feel on the vitamin issue.

But.... Please don't stop eating....just try things that are easy on the gut....plain white rice, rice cakes, well cooked root veggies like potatoes/carrots/etc. Protein meat/fish sources can be hard to digest so when I'm touchy I make smoothies with a whey or rice protein powder, and other than that I'll eat low fat chicken (white meat) and fish or shell fish.

I hope things will get better for you, and I'm sure they will once you learn what your body can take and what it can't. It won't last forever..........it WILL get better for you. I'm sure of it..It's not a matter of deprivation, only substitution...and lots of learning along the way.

I know that I HAVE to take a buffer (soluble fiber supplements) or a starchy food like rice or a rice cake as my first course to almost every meal. Then with a meal I take digestive enzymes, otherwise I'm going to have cramping/pains/bloating everytime I eat a normal sized meal.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you............

Good luck...

Kandee

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Hi Kandee,

thank you for your kind words. When I lived in NY I used to see a dr there. She was a fibromyalgia specialist. The first treatment that she provided me was vitamin infusions.. I would go in once a week inititally and then a little less often after that. Like you I fet stronger after getting them! But....I still had the stomach and gut problems. I never knew about gluten then. I had discussed these problems with ehr and she referred me to a GI. I actually went to a few GI drs. Some were on the BEST DOCTOR list. None of them did an endoscopy or suggested gluten.then I moved to FL and had to start with new drs all over again. i went down to 89 lbs...i was consantly sick with the "flu"...or so I thought. Anyway I flew back up to see my fibro dr and told her what was going on. She ran some blood tests, did an infusion, gave me a gamma globulin injection and sent me on m way. I called for the blood results and she had her secretary tell me everything was ok.

A year later the same problems started and i went to a DR here in florida who wanted those blood results...that's when I saw the Gliadin AB IGg #'s!!!!

In addition they found a severe IGg deficiency and I have been receiving monthly IVIG replacement. I'm starting to make a connection with all this but not sure which came first..the immune deficiency or the gluten? I guess it really doesn't matter. I am moving back up north in about 5 weeks and plan to start again with the vit infusions. Getting them through her office allows the insurance to pay. I know they can be costly. So can the immunoglobulin infusions....but those I definatley need or I will continue to get sick.

Now...to get the diet under control. Yes it is very frustrating but am now accepting how sensitive I am. this morning is a killer. I awoke with my gut is such pain. It feels raw and hurts so much! I immediatley got sick after some fish I made at home last night. I questioned the man that I bought it from and he assured me it was fresh and did not have any preservatives....I had my susupicions but ate it anyway.....well....seems like I was right. Noteven a half hour after eating eat all the reactions set in!

From now on I am only shopping at Whole Foods where they carry organic foods. It's too risky to buy the other stuff and is not worth it!

OH...and the vitamins are off limits for a while too. Gotta get things to calm down. I need to be strong for this move that I have ahead of me!

Thanks your your compassionate email.

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