I'm brand new here and would like to give everyone a hearty "hello". I'm 26, female, and was diagnosed with Crohn's in 2004. The disease was considered mild at the time, with flareups not being particularly too severe or lasting forever. Therefore, I did my best to manage my symptoms with diet, and experienced acceptable success with that strategy.
However, today my problem is two-fold, and I'm hoping to get some advice from fellow IBD sufferers.
First, my flareups are getting worse every year, both in frequency (I now have a "miniflare" in conjunction with every menstrual cycle) and in severity (the 6-weeklong flare I'm currently experiencing sent me to the hospital for the first time). Hence I find myself on Prednisone to try to control the current flare, and am looking into more patient-friendly drugs for long-term therapy. I will undergoing another colonoscopy in the near future to determine the progress of the disease since the initial diagnosis five years ago.
Secondly, I have many other medical conditions, among which was thyroid cancer I was diagnosed with a few months after I was told I had Crohn's. Throughout my four-year battle with the disease, I gained 65 pounds from the side effects of treatment, going from a svelte and athletic 125 pounds to my current all-time high of 190.
I've been in remission from the cancer for one year (woo hoo!), and in celebration would like to lose some of the excess baggage. I don't care if I'm a size 4 again, but I would indeed like to regain some of my former athletic abilities (which is a bit hard to do at size 12).
Since most diets call for a high-fiber diet- which would absolutely torment my poor intestines- and I was wondering if any of y'all know of a resource for weight-loss diets specifically tailored for Crohn's/IBD patients? I've never had a problem with portion control or consuming fattening foods, yet the needle on the scale never budged once my cancer treatment was over and my thyroid levels finally stabilized (and thus finally began properly metabolizing food again).
Many thanks in advance for any book or website recommendations!