Help Gaining Weight Back

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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I currently underwent 3 major surgeries all related to a small bowel resection. This led me to being in the hospital for close to 3 weeks, and also dropping close to 30lbs. I've been home now for 2 weeks and I've been eating a normal diet but the weight is just not coming back. Doctors orders also permits me from doing any heavy lifting for the next 4-6 weeks which is stunting my weight gain greatly. Has anyone undergone a similar surgery and had the same problem? My body usually doesn't just put on weight when I'm not active. What I'm really looking for are some tips to help gain weight during this inactive lifestyle.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I recall when I had my resection my belly became as flat as a pancake. It took a while for me to regain weight but it did come back and I've been holding my own but recently been having bowel problems and lost 5 lbs. I have to go for another resection at the advice of my doctor.
Note, first your body is using all it's excess calories and energy to help you heal from your surgery. After it gets enough repair material, it will direct the excess to your weight so don't worry, the weight will come.

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   Posted 4/9/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you tolerate high-calorie liquid supplements? They usually work until I can get moving again. The previous poster is right. Don't underestimate how many calories it takes to heal.
Age 58, Crohn's since age 21
3 bowel resections, 1980,88,95
1 fistula repair, 2005
digestive enzymes

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   Posted 4/9/2010 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
You can try the 100 calorie snack plan. Basically if you try to eat a 100 calorie snack every few hours, it isn't enough to curb your appetite when meal time rolls around but if you sneak in 5 or 6 snacks a day, you have added a whole meals worth of calories. a 100 calorie snack is only 1oz of cheese, 1 hard boiled egg, 1Tb of Peanut butter, a few crackers, a banana, 1/2 c of pudding (I'm going from memory cause my book is upstairs and I'm lazy right now) but you get the idea. It doesn't take much and really if you eat breakfast at 8, a banana at 10, you can still eat lunch at 12, and then have another snack at 2 then something at 4 and then dinner at 6..... over the course of a week it adds up.

But as the other poster said, your body is healing and it takes calories to do that, so give it time.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 4/9/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
As suggested above, a high-calorie meal replacement drink would be the best idea in my mind, and since its a liquid i think it would be very easy on the system. Back when i used to do bodybuilding before getting hit with CD i used to take them when bulking, you can get high-calorie beverages for fairly cheap that are 2000 calories per serving, and a serving is probably about 10-12oz.

Give it a shot if u can, if you eat normally and also down 1-2 of these a day (an extra 2000-4000 calories per day) you should gain weight back in no time. Plus a lot of them are high in nutrients as well, which would help your healing process speed up.
Current Meds: 250mg/day Imuran
Current Vitamins: Multi-Vit, Calcium, Vit-D, Fish-Oils, Flaxseed Oil
Current Status: Mild Symptoms but under control
25 year old gym-rat/engineer

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   Posted 4/10/2010 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
i lost a LOT of weight last year from a bad flare- if you can tolerate milk or take lactaid drink a baskin robbins milkshake every day- the calorie count is absolutly insane.
35 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently tapering prednisone (15 mgs) and I've been on 6_MP for 2 months.
In the middle of a bad flare now for 6 months...lost almost 30 lbs.

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