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Vitamins?

At my massage therapy appointment today my therapist asked if I'm taking calcium and magnesium, to which I said no. When I've taken any type of vitamins in the past it has turned out to cause some bowel issues. So, I was wondering others experiences with taking vitamins. Did it help any with the pain? Also, did it interact with your meds? I'm on six or seven meds, so I will add vitamins to my med list on WebMD and see if any interactions come up.
2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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  • Have you found any vitamins that help your pain?
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
  • paininohioppaininohio Posts: 240
    edited 05/14/2014 - 8:25 AM
    I have ALWAYS had issues with taking multivitamins, but If i take vitamins separately (for ex: a pill for b-complex, different pill for c, different pill for D, etc.), and at different times, it tends to cut way down on the tummy troubles. As for helping with pain, not really, but I figure it can't hurt.
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  • I took glucosamine & condroitin for years. I didn't feel any change at all. Then I'd forget to take them. Then I read a doctors site that said they are about the same as placebo so I stopped spending the money. Doctors used to recommend taking them.

    I take Magnesium & if I forget to take that for a while I do seem to have a little more nerve pain. I recently read an article that was really interesting. It stated that most Americans don't get enough & it's so important for so many things, pain, fatigue, restlessness, heart etc. I will continue to take it.

    I take a 1 a day women's, B Complex, omega Q10 (or whatever it's called) & fish oil when I remember to. I'm going to decide if I'm going to continue with them as I run out.

    I try to eat a very good varied diet. Recently I discovered that my potassium was dangerously low. They filled me up in ER & I made sure I as eating lots of green leafy things & bananas but 4 days later it was still down. I had to have IV potassium before they could start surgery. It's not something you should take suppliments for because high levels are just as dangerous. They're going to investigate why this is happening...

    Has anyone else had this problem?

    A lot of nutrients are stripped out of foods in processing. I don't see any harm in having a little top-up of a few of the important ones for me. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • I take a fish oil supplement as I do find it helps with the arthritis I have in my feet (had surgery on my big toe last year). I also have to self inject B12 as I have pernicious anemia. My body cannot absorb B12 from food sources or from oral pills. B12 is such an important vitamin. My levels were pretty much non existent when they finally tested me and the symptoms include extreme exhaustion, mental "fog", nerve issues, etc. After injecting once a week for over a year my levels are almost at the low end of normal! If I someone forget a dose I can notice it in my cognitive abilities almost tight away. Most docs don't test for B12. It is something you have to ask for.
  • Hi,
    How did you get the vitamin test done? Is it a type of blood test? I know insurance has a lot to do with the code to Dr. rates for it so I was just wondering if insurance covered your test. If they did you happen to know what code your doctor wrote for it? Thanks.
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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  • Tina16TTina16 Posts: 37
    edited 06/04/2014 - 1:47 AM
    The initial B12 test is just a blood test. My doctor just added it to my yearly blood work requisition. I am in Canada so I don't gave to pay for it. I am not sure if you would need to pay for it in other countries. There is talk about making it a standard test they do with yearly blood work (adding it in with cholesterol, triglycerides, sugar, CBC tests), but it is not there yet

    There are more complicated tests they can do to see why your B12 is low, but that is only done after the initial blood work comes back. And after you try other ways of getting B12 into you. When mine came back super low, we initially tried very high oral doses for a while and then retested my blood. When my levels continued to fall we then tried injections and retested blood to see if levels were rising. After a year and a half of weekly injections, my levels are almost at the low end of normal. I have missed a couple doses in the last little bit because if surgery and recovery, and I can definitely feel the effect.
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