desperate...i want to gain weight!!!

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stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 3/2/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Is anyone else really skinny here? I'm almost 18 1/2, about 5'6", and I was around 95-96 pounds in September. I lost some weight starting college walking around all over campus but then gained back. When I had to clear out for my colonoscopy and endoscopy though I dropped to around 84. The Tuesday before last I was at the gastro's office and was 89. In the hospital I ate pretty well and was around 91-93 when I got home apparently. But I weighed myself last night and it was like back down to 86. I have been keeping up with the 3 meals a day as best I can and trying to eat snacks whenever I feel hungry. I've always been really thin and my pediatrician had attributed it to a high metabolism. My thyroid had been checked and there were no problems. It's just so frustrating to be a teenage girl who WANTS to gain weight, but can't. I'm not even a health nut...I eat fast food and stuff all the time. It doesn't make much sense to me. Most of my friends don't even eat breakfast, and I'll eat the same amount as or more than them for lunch and dinner...especially if I'm having some big meaty dinner and they're eating a salad. I'd just kill for some curves so that I'm not a bony twig..it makes me so self conscious and no clothes ever fit. At this point I can't even wear 00 jeans, I have to wear sweatpants with a drawstring because even with a belt everything else falls down. It's scaring me because especially with Crohn's there is the weight and nutrition problem. Can anyone else relate, or share any suggestions? I'm so tired of people assuming I have an eating disorder when I never have, or saying that I'm "so lucky to be able to eat whatever I want and not gain anything." Not only did that always bother me..but especially now with the Crohn's I'm more limited with foods. And if my stomach hurts from a flare or medications and I can't eat much people give me that look and I hate having to explain. I know my friends understand but with certain people it's like if we're all together eating I feel like I have to show them I'm eating the meal and then even if I have to pee I try to avoid the bathroom so nobody can think "oh she was throwing it up." Oh, and nobody believes I'm 18 or in college..when people ask they all gasp when they find out my real age..kind of embarassing sometimes. Sorry for the rant..I just can't stand being so tiny sad
Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.


Zanne
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   Posted 3/2/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a lot of suggestions for you other than to try one of those high calorie Boost/Ensures as your snack option. Try adding some empty calories, like candy, milkshakes with meals, force yourself to eat every two hours even if you aren't hungry, add cheese sauce to everything.

I do know how you feel. My Mom had CD too and she had short bowel syndrome toward the end of her life. She was down to about 70lbs and just couldn't put weight on no matter what she did (she ate a pound of fudge every few days). I've always been on the small side myself, except when I'm high on the prednisone. I'm down now and losing fast, I'm getting worried. I don't want to be like my Mom. I'm not where you are yet, but I do worry about it. And I have my husband who is so excited because he's getting his skinny wife back, and all I can think about is "I can't go out and get any smaller sizes" they just don't exist.

I'm sure they have checked since you were in the hospital, but you are absorbing nutrition right?
Suzanne

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stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 3/2/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I definitely should try that Ensure. I remember they reccommended that when I started college before my diagnosis, but that's when I was severely constipated and they said Ensure might make it worse so I didn't end up drinking it. But I'll try that now since I'm currently on the diarrhea side. I'm also trying to force myself to finish what's on my plate, even if I feel like I've eaten enough...I just make sure I don't overstuff to the point where I want to throw up because obviously that's not the answer since the food wouldn't stay down that way.
 
They also started me on Prednisone in the hospital, obviously orally now that I'm home. I started it two days ago at 40 mg I believe. Every four days it is going to be tapered down by 5 mg. Everyone keeps saying weight gain comes with Prednisone so I'm actually hoping that maybe that will just give me a little boost. I mean even being stuck at 95-96 I always wanted to gain weight, but being in the 80's is really making me nervous. One day our scale was malfunctioning and it said 70 so I started screaming but my mom rushed in and said something had been going on with the scale...phew!
 
And I believe I'm absorbing nutrition..at least I'm sure they checked that out in the hospital. I got lots of the IV fluids and the last morning I was there they had taken me off...or the night before actually I think...with the exception of the medications and also the iron infusion on the last day. I have to also see the hemotologist this week for some shot and I think he said something about prescribing "folate"...hmm.
 
Thanks for replying!
Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.


sjkly
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   Posted 3/2/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Add peanut butter to your toast in the morning, butter on all your veges, salad dressing, cream cheese, drink full fat dairy if you can tolerate it, mayonase on your sandwhiches, cheese on everything...
There is a product called two cal that has twice the calories of ensure-your insurance company may pay for it if your doctor writes a prescription. Eat first by the way any of those products makes it hard for you to eat. So like breakfast at 8, a shake at 9, snack at 11 lunch at 1: shake at 2..etc,
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   Posted 3/2/2008 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Ensure milkshakes did help me gain weight I was tinier than you .........
plus i made self eat many times a day healthy small meals and it worked for me

Hope you have some luck
It is a pain when ppl say oh you are so LUCKY to eat and eat and not gain it dont help to sleep or sit or do anything with no weight on ya does it
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ivy6
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   Posted 3/2/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you been in contact with a dietitian?

You can buy a fairly tasteless powder called Polycose. It's high in calories and a few essential nutrients, and you add it to your drinks, soups, mashed potatoes, etc, for a quick calorie hit. And I think it would be better for you than eating lollies.

It's hard to eat lots of little small meals when you're on Mesalazine, but see if you can find a way to squeeze in an extra snack somewhere.

Best wishes to you,

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   Posted 3/2/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Others have already given you great suggestions. Just to add that Ensure Plus has 350 calories, 100 more than the regular Ensure, so it might be a good choice. There's also another product made by Abbott called Hi-Cal. I'm not sure if it is the same thing that sjkly referred to, which seems to have a rather similar name, but Hi-Cal has 475 calories per 8 ounces. I suspect it probably costs more than Ensure, though. Here's the link if you want to investigate: http://abbottnutrition.com/products/products.aspx?pid=267

stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 3/2/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Ohh thanks everyone, I'll have to try this stuff out!

ivy6: I saw a dietician briefly in the hospital but I think I might try to find one to work with on a regular basis.


Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.


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   Posted 3/2/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I carry creamy peanut butter around with me (mainly because I am a poor student and can't afford much else), but I gain weight with that.
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Sara14
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   Posted 3/2/2008 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi stuckonyesterday. There is a similar post over on the UC forum right now: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=1059500

Some great suggestions were given over there. There is also a book called "What to Eat with IBD" written by a registered dietician who herself has Crohn's and she gives these suggestions for adding extra calories to gain weight: Peanut butter and other nut butters, guacamole; hummus; heavy cream added to soups, cereal or tea; flax seed oil added to protein shakes (or to anything else); butter on potatoes, bread or in hot cereal.

I would also suggest olive oil in addition to flax seed oil. Both are great healthy fats that have a good amount of calories. Flax seed oil is also thought to aid with inflammation because of all the Omega-3 oils in it. I don't know if you eat dairy, but cheese and yogurt can also be great sources of calories. I also think talking with a dietician/nutritionist regularly is a good idea. Good luck!

P.S. - I know how frustrating it is for people to always assume you have an eating disorder. I've always been thin (not as thin as you, but around 100-104 lbs and 5'4" is my normal weight) and people can be so insensitive. Even my doctors have often assumed I had an eating disorder when I'd complain of abdominal pain, even after I'd repeatedly tell them, no, I've never had one! I eat more than most people I know. Hang in there.


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DarrylP
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   Posted 3/2/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Not trying to shoot down some of the advice of some people above, just expressing my concern over some of suggestions, it seems some people are just suggesting you load up on foods high in fat to gain weight, but as with everyone trying to lose weight as well, fat is no the sole cause of you gaining fat. For some reason most of the Americas has this association with fat on the label=fat on them, which is quite ridicoulous since what it really comes down to is overal calorie intake. Carbs, Protein and Fat are all broken down into calories when your body uses it for fuel, so if you eat low fat but make up for that in carbs and protein, well guess what, 2000 calories whether it be made up of 30% fat or 0% fat is still 2000 calories.
 
My suggestion for you, coming from someone who has had to adapt their own diet to their metabolic needs (i am on a 4500-5000 calorie/day diet to keep my weight maintained) is to make your sure you stick with a proper ratio, i follow the 1-2-3 rule (1 part fat, 2 part protein, 3 part carbs, or in percentages 16.6% fat, 33.3% protein, 50% carb, therefore 16.6% of your total calories should come from fats, and so on) when i am eating. And as far as fast food goes, please avoid it, it may make lots of other ppl gain weight, but those people are gaining weight on garbage food that has no nutrients to it at all, and if you are going to try and throw on weight, i dont suggest you do it in a fashion that is going to lead to you having a stroke or heart attack in 10 years from your arterys being clogged by bad fats (yes, some fats are actually good for you, some are not), besides, as far as i know, fast food is a killer for a lot of ppls digestive systems when it comes to their crohns. If you have any questions about diet and such let me know, its taken me about a year to fine tune mine after a great amoutn of research but now i have mine down to a T, in fact in February lone i gained about 6 lbs of basically pure muscle, something i havent been able to do since i was diagnosed a little over 2 years ago...

PS on a side not, my diet DOES NOT include any forms of High Calorie drinks such as Ensure...


 


stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 3/5/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies and suggestions everyone! It's a little bit overwhelming because I really have no experience keeping track of calories and that sort of thing, but I have decided that I will agree to work with a dietician. I got my gastroenterologist to reccommend someone and we made an appointment for an hour-long consultation on March 19, so we'll see what happens :-)
Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.


eva124
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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
yay someone like me! im really skinny too! all my life i use to be skinny as,i went to a all girls school and i use to get picked on for being skinny!!!!! and people use to ask me if i was annorexic and i use to eat like a horse and never put on weight.Think most of that was my crohns coz i now weigh 57 kgs the heaviest i haf been in my life.Once your d settles down you might start to put on weight,and maybe your just naturally skinny.And if you are dont worry remind urself people die trying to be skinny.

dx 17 aug 2007 23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 2mg prednisone 100mg azamun


eva124
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   Posted 3/16/2008 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
oh and now people look at me funny wen i go out wit my mum for lunch coz wit my crohns i end up picking tons of stuff out of my meals,it even made me cry once,its so unfair.my dads  twin cousins haf crohns and there doctors and family always thought they both had eating disorders coz they were so skinny and stuff,stupid ignorant people.

dx 17 aug 2007 23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 2mg prednisone 100mg azamun


stuckonyesterday
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   Posted 3/16/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
yea and guess who came down with the flu on friday =[ me and my parents. i threw up 4 times and had really bad diarrhea. i'm not going on the scale until i see the doctor tuesday..no use in scaring myself. blehh. and i was just feeling a lot better too!!
Female. 18 years old. Symptoms began 8/1/07. CT Scan clear. Chest X-ray clear. Endoscopy on 12/1/07 showed some gastritis; colonoscopy on the same date showed Crohn's in the biopsy. Symptoms include: pain in the gut, mouth sores (not present currently), excessive gas, a sore bum, anal skin tag, a Crohn's fissure, and a cough that's lasted for months (possibly related to acid reflux). No menstrual cycle present since 7/17/07 (& am not sexually active). Am currently on: Asacol, Flagyl, Protonix, and Prednisone. Am anemic. Current main problem: constant diarrhea.


Mary T
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   Posted 3/16/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
My friend, a homeopath, recommends coconut oil. Apparently it's easier to digest, short chain triglicerides, like the expensive stuff you can buy if yiu have short bowel syndrome, and it has lots of calories. I get overweight people telling me all the time that they wish they had my problem, not being able to gain weight, I guess they really don't know what they're talking about. Everyone had great suggestion. Gaining weight can take time. Enjoy it while you're doing it.
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