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LavenderBlue
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   Posted 8/13/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Any suggestions on how to rid myself of the tummy pooch?  I've lost some weight recently (about 15 Ibs), but I still have the pooch.  and it looks even worse than average with my resection scar running down the middle.  I just tell people that my doctor sewed me up wrong.  Compared to some I guess it's really not that bad of a pooch.  But I would love to see it gone.  Anyone with CD friendly exercises that could help me rid myself of this chubby companion?  I am anemic (ferritin 5, iron 13) so I can't do something very exhausting.  but besides that, i'm open.  Has anyone been successful in banishing themselves of this annoying flab that always seems to be "hanging" around?
 
cheers!
lavender
 
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
 
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
 
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous


Zanne
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   Posted 8/13/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, it may be something that you have to live with. I remember my Mom coming home from the hospital after a particularly bad flare and she was down to about 75lbs. And she still had the tummy pooch. No matter how low I've gotten, I still have the tummy pooch too. And of course it looks even better with the lovely resection scar going down the middle making it TWO tummy pooches.

But if someone has something, short of a tummy tuck, I'm all ears....
Suzanne

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.....


Nanners
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   Posted 8/13/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hate to tell you this but I have had a pooch my entire life with Crohns. I have had two resections and I don't know of any way possible to change my stomach. I have what I call a "butt" stomach now, because of the resections. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Between the bloating and the surgeries, I have already given up trying to get a flat tummy, cuz it just ain't gonna happen. Sorry!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the permanent bloated look. But after one day of being sick and taking an immodium I had a FLAT stomach the next day. Now I didn't poop that much in one day. It was either the release of a ton of water weight (because I did pee a ton too) and or the anti-gas med in the immodium. So I just today bought a diuretic that just contains pamabrom (no caffeine or other irritant) and some Simethicone anti-gas pill which is the active ingrediant for gas in the immodium advanced. So, I will let you know how that works out for me because I am trying to replicate the day after being sick, minus the poop and pain.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Nanners
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha Zanne, we definetly are twins, aren't we??? It really makes me laugh to see how much we are alike:)
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


NewToCD
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   Posted 8/13/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
i have only had this disease for about 8 months, but have always been rather slender & had a pretty flat tummy. I have noticed that i my tummy now looks constantly bloated & has for a while. So i too am victim to the Crohns "Tummy Pooch"
I had a theory that it was bc my insides are all inflamed & larger then normal making my tummy protrude

One more thing to blame on CD!!

SydneyJo
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   Posted 8/13/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am slim with the ugly 'tummy pooch' . I believe it is the bowel inflamed too. Will keep an eye on this thread for 'ridding of the tummy pooch' suggestions. Jo

nawlinscate
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   Posted 8/13/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I've lost a lot of weight with Crohn's over the past decade--and I'm left with a pooch that's actually just a bunch of skin all around my midsection. I can pull in my abdominal muscles like crazy, but the flabby pooch doesn't go away. I researched it on the internet--and was sad to find out that there's no cure for extra skin except a tummy tuck. Having experienced abdominal surgery once, I have absolutely no desire to do it again just for cosmetic reasons! So I just have to live with it, as it laps over the waistband of my low-rise jeans (disguised by big loose shirts). I wish exercise would fix it, but it won't.

LavenderBlue
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   Posted 8/13/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
oh no! I didn't expect to hear a bunch of plagued pooch belly stories! It feels like mines just extra fat, but maybe it really is inflammation/swelling/gas/surgery/skin flab.

Nanners - you crack me up. My mom calls my tummy "the butt" also.

But as I sit at home watching beach vollyball during the olympics, I can't help reach down and squeeze my pooch and stare at those flat tummies :)

Maybe someone will still come along with a pooch vanquishing story...please?
lavender
 
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
 
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
 
drugs: Imuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Fentanyl, Warfarin, Flagyl, Cipro, Celexa, Ferrous Gluconate, Acidopholous


FitzyK23
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   Posted 8/15/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Update: my new anti-bloat regimine is going well. I take a caffeine free over the counter diuretic after breakfast and another after dinner. I take the anti-gas med after lunch and again after dinner. My bloating has significantly decreased. I am urinating more but that was part of the plan. I do find it is a little more urgent but I'll take that for now. It increased my BM's by one. I have it after lunch and it is still formed. So far so good.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Zanne
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   Posted 8/15/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to have to try this anti bloat thing. I'm down to the smallest size I have been in years but still have the tummy pooch, if I can do any thing about it, I'm going to try.
Suzanne

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.....


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 8/15/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
cool fitzy!
Maybe it will stop the pillsberry dough girl look I got going on.
Lavender, I know what you mean I miss my 8 pack.
Thanks,
Navy
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