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Married To Crohn'S

I am married to a woman with Crohn's. It runs in the family really bad, and she goes through the annual exams and the whole deal.

The reason I'm here, is that it was recently pointed out that her diet could be causing an iron deficiency. So as a precaution, she's going to go on Iron supplements until she can get into the doc (which she's been trying for a month with no success) and get everything looked at again.

My question is: How do these supplements affect you? She was considering just eating some broccoli... But that will just hurt her stomach even more. Her doctor thinks she has Narrowing of the bowel, and we're trying to get her in to the doc to get a referral to a specialist to get it taken care of properly. But until then... Will iron supplements affect things negatively at all? I know some supplements can cause issues with the bowels and everything, but i want to make sure this isn't one of those before I suggest that she pick some up.
manniesue manniesue 22-25, T 3 Responses Feb 6, 2013

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I cannot tolerate iron supplements either. I too eat high protein, no red meat, and all organic juices, fruits and veggies and gluten free mostly also helps a lot.

I've had Crohns for a long time and would never recommend eating broccoli. At least it's never been too kind to me. However, if she wants to give it a try, steam it first and only eat a small amount, maybe every other day for a week and see how she tolerates it. Be really careful not to over do it. When I was low in iron I tried a prescription strength supplement but couldn't tolerate it.
I've discovered that a diet high in protein works best. I've also eliminated sugar!! What a difference!!
Good luck...

Thanks! She loves Broccoli and eats it every now and then... But I believe that eating it more for that reason will do more harm than good. Right now she can't each much more than chicken and rice or chicken and pasta.. anything else sets her off, and some days she can only have soup. Doc thinks she has narrowing of the bowel in a kink that they've always had to force through since her very first colonoscopy. And that's pretty much the only spot she has trouble with... So definitely don't want to have her eating anything that'll make things worse. I'm hoping she can get into the doctor soon and see about this narrowing and get a plan set into motion. But before then, she definitely needs her iron up! Thanks for the advise. I'll have to make sure she eats a more protein rich diet and gets OTC iron supplements.

I've had Crohns for a long time and would never recommend eating broccoli. At least it's never been too kind to me. However, if she wants to give it a try, steam it first and only eat a small amount, maybe every other day for a week and see how she tolerates it. Be really careful not to over do it. When I was low in iron I tried a prescription strength supplement but couldn't tolerate it.
I've discovered that a diet high in protein works best. I've also eliminated sugar!! What a difference!!
Good luck...