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Gilda
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   Posted 5/6/2010 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone use high-calorie nutritional supplements to help them gain weight or regain energy after surgery?  I had a Sub-Total Colectomy over 1 yr. ago, due to Crohn - like symptoms; I lost 26 pounds and now i am always feeling weak and often feel very cold!  I keep losing weight due to chronic diarrhea (food goes right thru me!).  I always drink 1 or 2 high-calorie Ensures each day but now I have heard about other, even higher calorie powdered supplements (BeneCalorie) which can be added to food or drink.  Please let me know if you have any recommendations.  I really need to gain some weight and to start feeling stronger.
 
Thanks,
Gilda
 
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Nanners
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   Posted 5/6/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever been tested to see if you are anemic? Kinda sounds like you are. Another thought is have you talked to your doctor about something like Questran to help with the chronic diarrhea? Getting the diarrhea stopped might help you to start gaining weight and feeling better. Good luck and big Hugs~!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

txmark
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   Posted 5/6/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Not trying to hyjack but I'm curious too.
 
I had a colitis flare about a year ago and since have had IBS and Fructose Intolerance issues.  I have lost almost 30 lbs and can't seem to gain it back.  I'm considering a weight gain supplement now.  I'm looking at (ISOPURE mass) as it has only 4 grams of sugar per 600+ calories.
 
Thanks!! 

MToronto2
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   Posted 5/6/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I am with Nanners, until you get the D under control, it won't matter much what you eat.

Questran or Cholysteramine works wonders, and it will get you outta da can, man.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.


comedybob
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
we found that Absorb+ was the best choice for our son.
. it is called predigested, which makes it easier to absorb, and helps with bowel rest.
bob b
13 year old son diagnosed at 9,
one month of pred at beginning 
2 years of immuran ineffective
SCD seems to be helping(less pain gained 3 pounds in three weeks)


Celey
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope you can get the D under control.....

But... I know something that is nutritional and high in calories... It's a drink called V8 Fusion.... It gives you one full-serving of fruit and one full-serving of vegetables if you drink one bottle every day.... Also... It's 100 calories per serving.... The whole bottle has about 6 or so servings in it.... which comes up to around 600 calories per bottle...

It's not a nutritional supplement... but it is good for you... (its all natural, too, no artificial flavors or anything)... It might help give ya some energy, atleast...
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MToronto2
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
V8 Fusion reads up ok, but if you can get a juicer and do it yourself mores the better. Most of the pique nutrients are lost after 1/2 hour of juicing.

I personally avoid tomato and all night shades when I'm flaring as these make inflammation worse.

Here's a link reviewing V8 drinks

http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-cooking-tips/v8-vegetable-juice.htm

NOTE: V8 Splash drinks are full of high fructose corn syrup.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.


Nanners
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   Posted 5/6/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Not all can afford the expensive juicers unfortunately. The good ones cost $200-300 and with people like "Celey" who are college students on limited budgets the juicer's are not an option. JMHO
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

MToronto2
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   Posted 5/6/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
True that.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.


vixen
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   Posted 5/6/2010 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
My son takes a nutritional elemental drink everyday(only 300 calories but loaded with nutrients) and a high calorie shake everyday(mixed with full fat milk it gives him 500 calories per go) Comes in several flavours although he always has chocolate, strawberry and banana. Know for sure that there is also a vanilla and a neutral too which  is good if you like to do  a lot of cooking for yourself as it can be used as milk would be in recipes without changing the food's flavour. The make is fresubin.

Celey
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   Posted 5/6/2010 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
$200-300? Yikes.... Yeah, there's no way I'd be able to afford something like that.... (It's hard enough buying the V8 Fusion juices on food stamps... They're a little expensive at around 2 dollars a bottle... but they really are good.... and the V8 Fusion drinks DON'T have high fructose corn syrup... Its just juices, water, and maybe some ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and Vitamin E added)....
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


MToronto2
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   Posted 5/6/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, I was talking about the V8 Splash...

If you can eat eggs, they are cheap, loaded with nutrition and protein. 1-2 a day will feed you well.

Always salt them, it reduced their gas production.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.


Brad P
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   Posted 5/7/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I drink ScandiShakes. 600 calories in a shake with 2% milk. Tastes great too! recommended by my dietitian.

Breakfast Anytime shakes are good as well.
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