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Life after small bowel resection

I’m 8 years post small bowel resection. Diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2000.
A very positive result from my surgery is I have not had a bowel obstruction since...farewell NGT❤ On the other hand, I have to admit I’ve had a decrease in overall quality of life in past 8 years. I began experiencing fatigue & low energy
shortly after surgery then it became progressively worse to the point of occasional total exhaustion. I believe struggling with this has led to considerable depression. 2 years ago my Dr checked my iron levels and they were so low I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia & had to have 3 IV iron infusions. I was actually excited to hear this thinking ahhhhh at long last they’ve found the reason for my constant fatigue. After being so hopeful I didn’t experience anything positive or changes at all after the infusions. I know a resection leads to poor vitamin absorption. I’d like to know if anyone else has had a problem with fatigue, depression post surgery. Thanks for any input!!


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If it is eight years since your surgery perhaps there are other reasons for the depression.
Have you tried vitamin B Complex it could help with the deficiency and its worth discussing with your doctors.
There could be other reasons such as thyroid deficiency being one
You do need a complete checkup and at the same time you could discuss your problems
and ask for any tests that might be done to correct any problems.
I am 18 months post surgery and recently found that I had very low vitamin B and have had fatigue. One of the functions of the terminal ileum is to absorb B12 and, as mine has been removed, I now have to have B12 injections.

I was given an initial 5 injections spread over two weeks as a ‘loading dose’ and will have a further injection every 12 weeks
How much did they take out? What part of the small intestine?
I agree with the others, get a b12 level checked and if deficient get on monthly shots.