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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 11/22/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am gaining weight lately and I wonder why?  I am not on prednisone and I am used to eating as much as I want and not gaining weight.
Is this some new symptom of my illness?
Is this because I am 49 and lots of folks get heavy aroung this age?
Is this because my blue dye treatment is working and I am getting healthy?
I want to think it is my getting healthy but one small part of me is nervous that I might be growing a bowling ball size tumor somewhere??
Most of my friends would laugh at me because I am clearly not fat but my weight is about 20 lbs above where I would like to be and I am edging upward slowly.
One more possibility is that I have learned to gorge from my past uses of prednisone.  I find that I eat a lot more than I used to in the evenings.
Thoughts anyone?

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/22/2009 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi FunGuy,

I hope it's because your disease is getting better (a. because I want you to get better and b. because it would be awesome if something as simple as blue-dye really works). Also remember that a person of 40-something needs less calories than the same person at 20-something or even 30-something. So, we all have to reduce the amount we eat as we age (unless we are sick, like most of us).

My GI doc told me she wants me to be a few pounds overweight anyway - it's a safety-net in case I get sick.

One last thing - I was the one a couple of weeks ago that posted about upper GI pain and I think it was you that said you had the same thing. I never did call the doc back about it because it's completely gone now. Perhaps because of my new diet (see my post earlier tonight)? Hope you're feeling better too.
CD since July 2007
DM T1 since January 2008

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   Posted 11/23/2009 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jo.  I am glad that your pain is better.  Mine might have been related to diet, especially tofu aka soy.  I never would have suspected the tofu if it wasn't for this site.

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   Posted 11/23/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
You might want to have your thyriod check.
Unfortuantely there is a few of us that gained weight even with severe disease.
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   Posted 11/23/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Believe it or not you can gain weight with CD.  I have had CD for about 20 years now and I am aobut 70lbs overweight...and I have problems losing it. 
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009

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   Posted 11/23/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in remission right now and near the same age as you. I can tell you that now that I am feeling better I weigh more than I have in years. Still not considered overweight, but it is about 15-20 lbs more than I am use to. I accept this because as mentioned above, because you never know when you will get sick again and lose alot of weight. To be honest also, as you get older you do tend to gain weight easier and its harder to get off.

Its kinda wierd too, because I don't eat alot. When my husband and I go out to eat, 9 times out of 10 we share a plate. A plate for each of us would just be too much food for either of us. My weight has stayed the same for about the 6-8 months too. Hmm....

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   Posted 11/23/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your responses. I will keep an eye out for other symptoms of thyroid involvement. Nanners, it sounds like you are in the same place I am except I eat a lot at times. Sure hope it is good health and not my thyroid
I use FD&C Blue dye number 1 and it really seems to help me.  There is SCIENCE behind this.  Just ask me and I will explain it to you.  U/C and Crohn's for 34 years.  Blue dye for one month and I am feeling pretty good!  I am so excited by this but I need others to try it with their doctor's permission.  Simple food coloring!!  BLUE1.  
I can't make money on this, it's already in your kitchen.  I just want to help, especially the youngsters.
I do 2 drops in 6 ounces of water when I get up, 2 or 3 drops in 16 or 20 ounces of water that I sip all day and then 2 drops in 6 ounces of water at bedtime.   Max of 7 drops a day.

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