Prednisone Hunger

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 11/17/2009 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a flare up after surgery and had to start prednisone again. I lost a lot of weight after the surgery/flare up. I'm finally down to a normal size and now the prednisone has me constantly hungry. I've gone from 127lbs to 136 in just about two weeks. I can't stop it. As soon as I finish eating...I'm hungry again in about an hour. I've been going to sleep at night thinking about what I can eat in the money. What can I do? Any tips? Most veggies are a no no for me. I really want to get healthy, eat right and exercise but the Prednisone it seems is stronger than my will power.
Solanges: )

Carnival Huckster
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
How much prednisone are you taking? When I was first diagnosed, they put me on prednisone and I ended up with an appetite like pavarotti -- I ate probably half a dozen doughnuts in one sitting (which was NOT a good idea) ... is it possible you could switch medications? Prednisone is not a good long-term drug for most people, so your doctor will probably switch you soon anyhow. Best, CH

+ 34 year old male
+ Crohn's Disease DX in 1997, doc said it was "moderate to severe"
+ Currently taking 9mg entocort and 40mg prozac
+ SCD for past 10 years
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/17/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Solanges,

Ugh! One of the things none of us wants to think about. Of course one thing is to figure out the lowest calorie item in your diet and make that your biggest dish at meals as well as your snack food. The only other thing I can think of off hand is to drink a large glass of water as quickly as you can to make your stomach feel full.

If you have access to a dietitian, please let us know what s/he says.

Best of luck dealing with this.
I feel a whole lot more the way I do now than I did a little while ago.

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