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   Posted 3/16/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I have a funny question about shoes. I am a special education teacher and I want to dress professionally, but I don't know how to find comfortable shoes. I have chunky heals that I love but I am in so much pain from my CD that it kills my hips, knees, and lately my lower back. I used to have cute work clothes, but I have been on prednisone for six weeks, 40 mg, and have gained 20 lbs. Do I buy new clothes or wait until I'm off the pred? This is such a hard disease. I am purging my "man" shoes because I am realizing I don't have to look like I'm sick even though I am. I go to my dr Tues to discuss Humira (I hope it is a GO) and I hope to get off the pred soon. I just got my hair colored and I decided that even if I can only go out for work, I want to look as good as possible. Any help with shoe brands or kinds would be great.
Thanks for Listening!!!
27 year old female dx with CD in 2001. Pentasa 4 g/day, Prednisone 30 mg/day, Amytripaline 25mg/day, Lexapro 20 mg/day, Maxalt 10 mg as needed. Mother of son, 3, and daughter, 6 months.  

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   Posted 3/16/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I wore work shoes for 26 years and swore by SAS, you can find them on the internet.  They are comfortable and have some style.  Of course mine were white.

I would just get the shoes so you have them if you need them again.
Rockport is another good comfortable brand.

Good Luck.



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   Posted 3/16/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I seriously feel your pain regarding steroid weight gain! I have three different sizes of pants. I have my "skinny" jeans when I'm really sick. I have my "normal" jeans when I'm normal weight, and I have my "big" jeans when I'm on my prednisone!

If I was you I would buy a few "big" outfits for work. Not only will you be more comfy BUT you will have them in reserve in case you have to get on prednisone again! I've been on and off of prednisone for the past two years and my weight has fluctuated to prove it!

As for shoes, I can't wear heels either (bad knee) but I found some REALLY cute flats from "me too" that you can get at Nordstroms for like $85.00 I absolutely love them and they definitely look cute with a suit outfit or whatnot. Take Care!!

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   Posted 3/16/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have very hard to fit feet and I have RA. Since I am on my feet a lot of the day at work shoe are important to me too. I find that cobby cuddlers are the most comfortable-they're affordable too. They are dressy enough for my everyday work but would not do for an evening out somewhere nice.
I buy clothes in one size up and one size down at the end of season sales-such as right now-to use as an emergency wardrobe for sick months and pred months.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I love Goodwill Industries for clothing, after my 30lb weight gain since surgery I had NOTHING that would fit and not a lot of money to buy anything. I got 4 shirts, 3 sweaters and 2 pair of pants for 35.00! Labels were Gap, Liz Claiborne, Sag Harbor, etc. My favorite shoes are sketchers! I work in a medical environment so they go with everything! Bought all this and still didn't spend 100.00!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 3/21/2008 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I love aerosoles!
Crohn's and Ostomy in 2004

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   Posted 3/21/2008 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
All really good suggestions. I'll add my 2 cents. For shoes, I have been wearing a lot of Born brand. I have been getting them at Marshalls usually they are past season, but that way they are cheaper. They are really comfortable. Since I am 43 and my 20 year old daughter, and my 32 year old friend all wear them I guess the style must be pretty universal.

For pants, you can try Norm Thompson online. They have a type of pant that changes size at the waist. They come in many colors and fabrics. They aren't cheap, but they aren't terribly expensive as far as "good" work clothes go. Sometimes, you can get discontinues colors on sale too.

I can appreciate the cost of buying a new wardrobe. I've gone from almost a 16 down to a 4 and some of those are getting loose in just over a year. I try to skip one size each time, so I skipped the size 6 entirely and just made due with the 8's until I couldn't stand it any more.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/22/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey kgirlie,
Sorry to hear about the dreaded prednisone're definitely not the only one who has several different sizes in their wardrobe, as you can see! I went from a size 12 to a size 0-2 in about two years...kind of scary actually. I had to go shopping every couple of months (oh, poor me, LOL) because my clothes looked so haggard on me.

As far as shoes go, you might want to look into the Dansko brand. These are designed for medical professionals who are on their feet all day, and are blazingly comfortable once you break them in. You could run a marathon in those things. Best of all, they are super-cute. I wear mine all winter long!
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   Posted 3/22/2008 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I was also going to suggest Danskos. I don't have any but everyone in Maine wears them. It is about as dressed up as some people will get lol!! It is hard to wear cute professional shoes in 3 feet of snow. I often just wear my snow boots and change when I get there. But, tons of people here swear by the Danskos all year long. They look great with pants and suits... Im not so sure about with skirts though.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 3/22/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Aerosoles! And you will find you have to keep a set of "prednisone" clothes. :P I don't give anything away any more. I have 3 sets of things that I can wear - prednisone, stable, and flare-up.

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   Posted 3/22/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
You also might wan to consider a custom orthotic insole or just a nice cushy insole (with arch support) you can buy over the counter. I find a decent arch support really helps my problem back and knees. For this reason I like Birkenstock sandals in the summer, but have never really liked their cold-weather styles.

Clarks are similar to Aerosoles in that they have a cushy sole that absorbs impact and makes it easier to walk on those hard tile floors at work.

I'm going to check out Danskos!!! :-)
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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