Vitamin question - Where is Grim when you need him?

stacyrg
on 12/6/17 11:24 am
VSG on 05/12/14

I'm planning on a blood draw on Friday. How long should I stop my supplements prior? It's my second draw on patches (the first was after 3 months of use and I'm concerned that that draw didn't give me a true picture of their effectiveness for me) and I want to make sure I get an accurate picture of my levels. I used to know this, but can't remember . . . .

Dcgirl
on 12/6/17 11:30 am - DC
RNY on 12/16/13

Oh crap, I will be following this since I get blood done TOMORROW at my RNY surgeon's office! I have my patches on today though, so I guess I'm screwed if the advice is to stop the patches in advance. I have not had bloodwork done with my surgeon ever (haven't seen them since 6 months post-op and my four year surgiversary is next week!).

   

        
stacyrg
on 12/6/17 11:55 am
VSG on 05/12/14

I do my bloodwork through my surgeon's office. They only recently started following patients on the patch (I was one of guinea pigs). He tested me at 3 months and everything was great. Hoping it continues. But I do remember Grim advising to stop supplements before a blood draw to get an accurate reading. Hoping a few days is good enough. I can put it off, since I have the orders and can go when I want, but I have an appt. in the same building and thought I'd kill two birds with one stone.

hollykim
on 12/6/17 1:27 pm - Nashville, TN
Revision on 03/18/15
On December 6, 2017 at 7:24 PM Pacific Time, stacyrg wrote:

I'm planning on a blood draw on Friday. How long should I stop my supplements prior? It's my second draw on patches (the first was after 3 months of use and I'm concerned that that draw didn't give me a true picture of their effectiveness for me) and I want to make sure I get an accurate picture of my levels. I used to know this, but can't remember . . . .

I think it is a week, 7 days

 


          

 

H.A.L.A B.
on 12/6/17 2:20 pm
RNY on 05/14/08 with

IMO- some - 2-3 days, others - a week or longer.

I take weekly B12 shots. I try to make sure it is at least 7-8 days after my shot to test for B12. Iron -- 2-3 days. But ferritin- it does not matter. D- i take mine every week or 2 time a week. Some daily vitamins- water soluble- at least 2-3 days. Most- at least 2-3 days.

I will not go more than 3 days without some C or B's.

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

stacyrg
on 12/6/17 4:13 pm
VSG on 05/12/14

Thanks, everyone. While I'm definitely interested in all of my levels, my Ferritin, iron, and D are the ones that concern me the most, as everything else has been trending constant. Now to decide if wed-friday is enough of a break or if I should put it off. Decisions, decisions.

Citizen (USA & Brit) Kim
on 12/6/17 6:15 pm - Castle Rock, CO

The only thing I hold off for 7 days is B12. No reason to stop taking anything else that I can see

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NYMom222
on 12/7/17 6:16 am
RNY on 07/23/14

The only thing I was told not to take before bloodwork was my Thyroid meds and just that morning. I just do last dose of vitamins the morning before. Don't wear my patches that night.

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catwoman7
on 12/7/17 9:31 am
RNY on 06/03/15

I also just hold off on B12 as I take a megadose every three weeks, so I don't want to get tested right after that - I'll wait at least a week. But I take everything else every day, so whatever level the test shows is probably going to be my "normal" level..

 

 

    

        

Kat W.
on 12/8/17 6:40 pm
RNY on 12/31/13

Hematologist requests that I stop taking any and all iron supplements 3 days before blood draws.

"What you eat in private, you wear in public." ----- Kat

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