Weight Gain Despite Diarriah

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Gloriousm84
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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Alright this may seem different, but I have been experiencing more weight gain then weight loss the past few years no matter how sick or flared up I get. Not that I am too suprised because I was on prednisone for several months, but even since being off and having a lot of diarriah I still stay at my highest weight and gain more then I lose. How in the heck can I continue to stay like this when I am absorbing NOTHING? Does anyone else deal with this, and if so do you have any tips or solutions? Exercise has been tough because I get so exahusted just from showering so that isnt helpful.
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Remicade every 6 weeks, 6-mp, Nexium (GERD)
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines, GERD
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon


yogaprof
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1665
   Posted 2/5/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


sleepydacarebear
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Total Posts : 106
   Posted 2/6/2008 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Crohnie8-
 
I've been going through some similar problems. Lately (past year-ish) I've been gaining weight, but had diarrhea most of the time. I've asked my Dr.'s about it, and they seem to think that it's my body responding to the lack of nutrition -- i.e. My body is taking everything out of what it can in order to compinsate for the quick "turn-around" of food. The thing that sucks about it is that I have a pretty healthy diet, and the most easily absorbed substance from food is fat, so the body hoards what it can.
 
That's what I've been told. It sucks though, because I was hoping that I'd at least have a smokin' hot body with all the pain and bathroom runs, right?! Heh. I guess we crohnies can find humor in the smallest things...
 
Let me know if you have any sort of answers? Thanks, and good luck.
 
~Sonia~
 
"People who mind don't matter, people who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss
 
~Crohn's Disease~
~Fibromyalgia~
~Anxiety/Severe Depression~
~RS~
~Rhem. Arthritis~
 
~Crohn's Dx'ed at 17 (2004), Multiple hospital stays, every test there could be (as we Crohnies know!, on Pentasa, Purinethol, Nexium, Neurontin --for Fibromyalgia, Cymbalta, Trazadone, Klonopin, and Vicodin/Bentyl prn Pain~
 
D.O.B. 7-15-1986
I'm 21 now! wOoT!


Sallyb
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   Posted 2/6/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
 Hi C-8! 
You sound so similar to my own situation. I have the same problem- bathroom constantly but the weight continues to increase.   Actually I just posted a thread about using Medifast and asked if anyone has tried it. 
I know this is so completely frustrating and depressing!   At least that is where I am at right now. 
If you do find any great words of wisdom, I would be so happy to hear what you find out.  I am getting really desperate and my self esteem is headed south! 
 
Take care and don't give up!
sallyb

Becoming undone
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   Posted 2/6/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Count me in too. My body is not even responding to exercise in the same way. I work out at least 3 times a week for about an hour each...I may have lost 3-5 pounds. When I was running and healthy, just a slight increase in exercise would make the weight fall off. Still on prednisone though...we can all keep trying and try to get health...

indigosunrise
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 497
   Posted 2/6/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not been officially diagnosed yet, but I can tell you that I have diarrhea OFTEN and I have not lost any weight from it! Even when I watch what I eat...still doesn't make a difference and I have been exercising as often as I have felt up to it.

I have been told to drink a great deal of water to lose weight...unfortunately when I do this, my diarrhea just increases--great fun, MORE trips to the restroom!

nawlinscate
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 656
   Posted 2/7/2008 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought I was the only one going through this! After years of losing weight and being incredibly thin, I've suddenly gained 10 pounds over the past 18 months, even though I have endless bouts of diarrhea and seem to be eating less than ever. I can't figure it out. I know I tend to avoid drinking liquids, because, like you've experienced, they only make my diarrhea much worse. It's frustrating and confusing. Everybody tells me that I look better and healthier now that I've gained some weight--but I feel awful. It's nice to know I'm not alone in this. Thank you.

sleepydacarebear
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 106
   Posted 2/7/2008 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I've come to the conclusion that people are being nice to us by saying "You look better with more weight". I know that, for some people, this is true.
 
However, I am NOT comfortable at this weight, and if anything I think that it is putting more strain on my body. I'm used to being on the skinny side, so now that I'm actually at a "healthy" weight, I feel awful.
 
It reminds me of being on Pred -- minus the energy and inflimation relief.....
 
I'm going to start a new topic on Height/Weight and gender..... See what we all think is good or bad....
 
Good luck all -- let me know if there are any answers on the D and weight gain!
 
Ahhhh!
 
~Sonia~
 
"People who mind don't matter, people who matter don't mind." ~ Dr. Seuss
 
~Crohn's Disease~
~Fibromyalgia~
~Anxiety/Severe Depression~
~Migraine Headaches~
~RS~
~Rhem. Arthritis~
 
~Crohn's Dx'ed at 17 (2004), Multiple hospital stays, every test there could be (as we Crohnies know!, on Pentasa, Purinethol, Nexium, Neurontin --for Fibromyalgia, Cymbalta, Trazadone, Klonopin, and Vicodin/Bentyl prn Pain~
 
D.O.B. 7-15-1986
I'm 21 now! wOoT!

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