Post Edited (Erik45) : 4/23/2008 9:20:26 AM (GMT-6)
I am an overweight Chronie!
I would question a Doctor that says you cannot be overweight and have Chron’s. I would have never gotten diagnosed if my Doctor felt that way.
I asked my Dr how come I have been overweight and most Chron’s people are not. He said some people with Chron’s do have the opposite weight gain. He gave me an example of how my body might be trying to survive and when I get D it could be holding onto fat for fuel since it thinks I may need it because my food is moving through me so fast. (sorry I probably did not explain that as well as he did, it made sense at the time)
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...
Here are links to the studies showing Remicade can cause weight gain. The studies were done on patients receiving Remicade for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriasis. Hope this helps...
Prospective Assessment of Body Weight, Body Composition, and Bone Density Changes in Patients with Spondyloarthropathy Receiving Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha Treatment.
"CONCLUSION: This 2-year prospective study showed a significant increase in body weight at 1 year and 2 years, mostly due to a gain in fat mass and a significant increase in BMD, in patients with SpA receiving anti-TNF-alpha treatment."
Anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha therapy increases body weight in patients with chronic plaque psoriasis: a retrospective cohort study.
Here's an article that dealt with Crohn's patients.
ACG: (American College of Gastroenterology) Weight Gain with Infliximab in Crohn's Disease Confirmed but Not Explained
Print out the article and show it to your GI doc.