Appetite problems even when well

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LMills
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   Posted 10/22/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,
I was just wondering how many of you have a difficult time eating even when everything else is going relatively well. My symptoms have really started to improve in that I have some stomach upset, but there is no bleeding and rarely any cramping.
However, I can't gain weight or build up any energy and muscle through exercise because my appetite is virtually nonexistent. I think I might just drink water and juice all day if my fiance didn't encourage me to eat.
It's not from nausea either. That has disappeared since my recent procedure and reversal of condition. So, really, my symptoms now are extreme fatigue and inability to eat.

I cannot complain at this at all , but I'm just wondering if this is common when you start to feel better?? I'd much rather have no appetite and eat when I'm forced than inability to eat at all. I've had both extremes, and I prefer this. I just find it a little odd since I would dream of all the things I would start to eat while lying in the hospital bed.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
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ivy6
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   Posted 10/22/2009 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Remember that your stomach has probably shrunk.

My advice would be to eat a little as often as you can, just to keep the innards working. Try a spoonful of yoghurt, a piece of chocolate, a few sips of juice, over the course of a couple of hours, and see if you feel a little hungrier after that.
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spookyh
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   Posted 10/22/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to have real appetite problems. It's tough to eat when you're not hungry. It got better on SCD, and I've finally gained some much needed weight. The only problem is that I crave carbs way more then anything, which I prefer to limit (carbs feed too many nasties in the gut). Meat doesn't excite me much, but I eat it just because my body needs it. But what I really want is to chow down on nut butter and honey *drool*.

One thing that sure boosted my appetite was Zyrtec. I started taking it in the summer, and became an eating machine. When I looked it up, I found that increased appetite is a rare side effect. I call it prednisone-lite :-).
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


SydneyJo
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   Posted 10/22/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bonnie,
I feel like this even when well too.
I know I have to eat - but what do I feel like - nothing really appeals.
I thought maybe that the pred has taken any tastebuds I have and nothing really 'grabs' me to want to eat.
During this flare from hell Im in I have gone off coffee and beef and am actually eating chicken again when I have hated it for the past year - huh?
Not much help but do sympathise with you.
Jo
Crohn's Disease
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Current meds: Methotrexate, Prednisone
Bowel Resection Sept. 07


ivy6
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   Posted 10/22/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Another thing that you might like to consider is whether you're malnourished. I think we've discussed this privately, so you'll probably remember that deficiency in some nutrients can make you feel too terrible to eat, which, of course, then makes the malnutrition even worse. It's a bad an dangerous cycle, and it is important to try to break it if you can.

Are you still drinking Ensure? What if you just try to take a few sips of that every now and then, to keep your strength and nutrients up?
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pimfram
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   Posted 10/22/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have little appetite, either. 6 months of constant flare shrank my stomach, eat about 1/2 of what I used to. I eat more frequently and have steadily gained weight toward my normal weight.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.

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LMills
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   Posted 10/22/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, a smaller stomach and being malnourished do make sense. People have been force feeding me small bites of their food lately so at least something is being eaten, but food is not quite so appealing as it used to be.
Yogurt is a happy medium though. It has enough calories to count as something, but it isn't so heavy that I don't even want to look at it.

To those who said it first-I don't eat much meat now either. Occasionally chicken is all right, but everything else is just way too much. As bland as chicken is it's still difficult to want to finish it. I wasted most of it last night :/ I wish I had someone to share it with. I hate wasting food...
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 10/22/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
What about boiling up some bones and making stock, and then freezing it in small portions? You'd be less likely to waste it then, and it would be less heavy on the stomach.
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spookyh
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been thinking that I need to come up with some dips or sauces to make meat more appealing. That might be something you could try too. For instance, I always loved ranch dressing with chicken and mayo with turkey. Maybe there's a condiment that appeals to you that you could dip your meat in?
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods


LMills
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Or a meat appealing to me to drink with my condiment...I love condiments more than the food they belong to honestly. That's a pretty good idea.
I do have broth that I keep on hand as well. The stores sell plain broth with no additives or salt for a pretty fair price. It definitely came in handy when the flu was going around.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


ivy6
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm. Would tofu work for you, LMills? That might sit a bit better on the stomach than "real" meat, and it'd be pretty easy for you to marinate / stir fry it with whatever condiment you wanted. Or what about eggs?
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