Inflammation & unwanted weight gain ????

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flutterbies
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   Posted 3/27/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I know that with most cases of chrons people loose weight which i did at first i lost 12 pounds but i gradually gained it back and i feel worse then i did when i lost it. Is there anything reason why this is happening? or a way i could loose it other then going to the gym every night, which i do?
Also my symptoms change each week one week ill be in the bathroom non stop and the next i cant go to the bathroom my stomach is inflamed and i have heat flashes and become very irritable. Is there a way to control it?

ivy6
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   Posted 3/27/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Flutterbies,

It's hard for us to provide a good answer because we don't know very much about you. There could be many explanations for your problems, so perhaps it would help if you told us a bit more about yourself. How long is it since you were diagnosed with Crohn's? What medications do you take? What other symptoms are you experiencing at the moment?

Welcome to the forums. We're looking forward to getting to know you better.

Ivy.
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flutterbies
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for responding and i was just diagnosed this year, but ive had problems for 3 years so i don't really know how to deal with it or how to control it when it gets bad. I'm on pentasa and entocort which i feel do nothing. I'm usually in pain everyday. I feel like everyday i have something to complain about. I'm a mess and I get so sick when ever i eat anything. My stomach bloats and i become very irritable. Then i don't eat and get sick. The worst part is my doctor has no answers. =/

nawlinscate
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow--the same thing is happening to me, and nobody can explain it. I was diagnosed with CD in 1999. In 2001, I suddenly lost 10 pounds--and then, after my doctor put me on a low fiber/low residue diet, I dropped another 10. I was probably too thin, but I felt really good. Over the past year, without changing my eating habits at all, I've been putting on weight steadily but gradually. My gain now totals about 18 pounds--and I'm miserable. Nobody can explain to me why this is happening, and I agree, it's frustrating.

The only interesting idea came from a personal trainer (not mine--I can't afford one!) who said that my body had been starving itself for so long that my metabolism is now slowed way down, meaning that I'll gain weight if I eat anything like a normal diet. If that's true, what the heck can I do about it? I was always told that the only good thing about having Crohn's was that I'd never again have to worry about my weight. Clearly, that's a myth.

flutterbies
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   Posted 3/28/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Im miserable because i got used to looking the way i did. I got used to the way my clothes fit me and now i feel disgusting everyday and it's driving me nuts. I know im not fat and everyone keeps saying that. I keep trying to loose the weight now and i can't. My mother has sever and chronic crohns and has had a million surgeries. She was diagnosed when she was 18, and she told me that weight fluctuation is apart of the disease. I wont take that for an answer tho. On top of those issues i feel like crap daily. At least 4 days of week i have to deal with inflammation. How do you get rid of it?

nawlinscate
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   Posted 3/28/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I soooo know how you feel! I'd never been really thin before. I knew I probably looked drawn and tired, but I adored being able to wear little skimpy tops. Now none of my pants fit comfortably, and I'm back to wearing big baggy tops to hide my spreading middle. Meanwhile, everybody keeps telling me how wonderful I look now. I hate it. I'm glad your mom told you that weight fluctuations are part of the disease--at least that gives me some hope that some of this unwanted weight will disappear again someday. Maybe my body thinks I need extra weight right now to give me extra strength to cope with all the inflammation and exhaustion I'm experiencing. Maybe your body's bulking up a little to help you cope, too. Does it help a little to think of the weight gain as your body's way of making you strong enough to cope with a temporary setback?

Trigirl
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   Posted 3/28/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow...Is all I can say for a minute here. That is EXACTLY what is happening to me. After a 20 weight gain from preg. I lost 30 and was feeling good. Then it started to pack on. I can eat more which is nice but I don't exercise like I was, so I figure my balance of calories in and out are whacked. the trainer comment is right on too. Bodies fight to stay at a set point. You have to be at the low weight for a while for the body to adapt. Can't fit any pants, stomach bloated to max, self esteem down the toilet!! Misery loves company but I hope it evens out for all of us.

ivy6
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   Posted 3/29/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
OK. Let's get practical, then. What are you eating? I'm wondering if you might have some stricturing going on inside. When was the last time you had a scope?
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Kriss
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   Posted 3/29/2009 2:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am also one of those people that does not have the one Crohn's side effect that I would appreciate - weight loss. The explanation of my body hording all of the calories that I consume is one I've been given in the past. Although I know that I am not "fat", I weigh more than I would like to, and am not comfortable in my own skin. It doesn't matter what I eat really (unless I eat junk and then gain more weight!) because I don't eat fried or fast foods and I eat pretty healthy (as healthy as I can with limited fruits/vegs) and moderately. Before I got into my current flare I also worked out. But the only way I seem to lose weight is when I get really sick and eat nothing; but it always comes back.
So I'm with you there... good luck and hopefully someone will have an answer for us yet!
32 year old female... diagnosed with Crohn's/Colitis at age 16, then with Proctitis in 2005... right hemi-coloctomy April 2001 (removed 12 inches)... currently taking 100mg 6MP, Canasa, acidolpholus, Protonix, B12 injections once a month, tapering dose of 40mg Prednisone, Bentil and Percoset as needed... considering Remicade

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