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cat_eyes
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   Posted 7/7/2010 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone on this forum new a couple of weight gaining tricks or foods. I currently weigh 96lbs and I desperately need to start gaining weight. I had a bowel resection surgery on June 14th and I am now supposedly "healed" so I need to start getting better again. So what can I eat to help gain some weight!?!?</DIV>


thanks!

...Added title to your thread so more will answer..
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Sniper
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   Posted 7/7/2010 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Cat, you need to get yourself down south and get some good Cajun food. Its all good at putting weight on you.
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   Posted 7/7/2010 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
lol imma comin too my friend...
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tooth
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   Posted 7/7/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Ice cream was what I used to pack on pounds when I first got sick (gained 30 in 30 days, haha). Lots of pasta and like 2-3 Boost a day really helped me get back to a healthy weight pretty quickly.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I hv been pounding back potatoes in all shapes forms ect..
also am on a nutrtion drink that is cd friendly
i went to 80 lbs when in hospital
i think im about 90 95 now...
best of luck n if all else fails well go to Snipers lol
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mdf34
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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I would not want to rush the weight gain.  Let it happen naturally.  Continue eating healthy.  My thinking is if you rush to put it back on it will be the unhealthy kind of weight.  But you can carbo load maybe 1 or 2 days a week.
Diagnosed (FINALLY) UC Sept 09/Diagnosis amended 5-3-10 to Crohn's
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Pmkrier
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   Posted 7/7/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Ice cream would be good just because it's easier on your stomach and higher in calories. Or high calorie drinks
Crohn's Disease. Diagnosed in 1997 at the age of 10.
Currently on: Monthly B-12 injections Purienithol (6MP), Calcium, Multi-Vitamin, Prilosec, just starting Humira
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jaman79
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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   
boost i workout and i drink 2 a day i am 4foot 5  and 96 pounds  and i have 15 bm a day and  throwing up   i am 17% body fat   its great
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Miss_82
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   Posted 7/8/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Even though you're supposed to be "healed" i'd go easy on food. When i had a resection for the first 2 months i didn't eat much. Was mostly living on chicken soup and avoided too much meat.

I started gaining weight only 6-7 months later althought i had started eating normally after 3-4 months.

So don't rush into it. You won't even have to make an effort, you'll just start gaining it without stuffing yourself.


27 years old
CD for 20 years
Bowel resection in Dec. 2006
Pentasa 4000mg


ivy6
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   Posted 7/8/2010 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
You can buy a tasteless high-energy powder called Polycose. Sprinkle it on your food; add it to your drinks; for an extra calorie boost.

This was recommended by my hospital dietitian when I was very underweight, so I don't think it's a shonky brand.
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huckleberry
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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
This has never been my problem - I always range from slightly to seriously overweight. Don't fit the Crohn's mold, I guess. Because of my weight I have at times been convinced that I can't really have CD, but my cat scans say otherwise. GI (and you guys) keep assuring me that CD weight loss is not universal.

Good luck.
Official dx September 2007.
currently flaring (June 2010) with colitis
Medications: Pentasa, Omeprazole, Prednisone, 6MP
History of hypothyroid (dx 2004, take Levoxyl), and gall bladder surgery (1997).
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crohnielass
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   Posted 7/9/2010 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I have the same problem with gaining weight I looked on the net for high calorie foods there is lists of foods  such  as Advacado's  brazil nuts, ice-cream pate, and loads more.  Also could you not ask to be refered to a dietitian  I am going to ask today at my GI appointment to be refered to one. Bev x
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
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cat_eyes
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   Posted 7/9/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone thanks a bunch for all your replys!
the reason why I desperately want to gain weight is because I'm tired of looking so unhealthy. I'm starting university again in September and I need all the energy and strength I can get. I've been losing weight for almost 1 1/2 years now and I just want to start getting better and stop looking so bony. I definately don't want to wait 6 months to gain weight because by that time school would be over. I just wanted to start school feeling better and with a healthy weight.

thanks ivy, I'm going to look into Polycose, but is high energy a good thing?

Crohnielass, before I got released from the hosptial I met with a dietian and she wasn't much help because they always say the same thing "be your own scientist". Also, whenever I ask my GI for a referral he always says I don't need to see one.


thanks again everyone. If anyone else has other gaining weight tips, please post!!

glundh
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   Posted 10/21/2012 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes like to make jokes, and in that order I will give you the advice to see a good veterinarian or should I say animal doctor.
They are very con. concerned about theese issues. One of my favorite books is Animal nutrition. I think this kind of expertise is very much needed.And they could give a substantial contribution
within the field of IBD - treatment. I have never expirienced any specific ambition fom my doctors to achieve an owerwiev of energy consumption.

glundh
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   Posted 10/21/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope someone will take this into serious consideration. At least as a goal for research.

glundh
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   Posted 10/21/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
If anyone would like to contact me my email is: glundh@hotmail.com I am 63 yrs old and was diagnosed at the age of 13. 3 recessions and 3 anal fistulas. On the onset of the disease I was severly ill but went through. Maybe I would have been better of with an earlier surgical treatment.

glundh
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   Posted 10/21/2012 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope you understand that I want to throw the ball to the doctors. They seem to disregard the very important question of sufficient nutrition. In severe cases they go into the fight with central venous nutrition but if the patient is young it might be an option in an earlier stage. In order to secure a good bodily development. I hope this seems like rubbish to you. But I think it is a good question.

glundh
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   Posted 10/21/2012 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
But awaiting the awakening of the doctors I want to express my sound belief in potatoes and starch. That is good for me and without any specific knowledge I think it is a good chew for the intestinal bacterias.

glundh
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   Posted 10/21/2012 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I also want to add that I have managed without medication with the exception of Vitamins and minerals. Prednisolon was helping me on the onset of the disease but the sideeffects was porely treated. That means that my skeleton is not developed to an propere extent etc. This is my final words on this issue but It would be nice if I should recieve some feedback on my writing.
I want to add that I recently had bad diarrhea but have managed to medicate with Carbo Medicinalis. That acts as an absorbent of toxic substance. It is worth trying since it not itself toxic in any way, In Sweden Where I live I can buy it in any drugstore and I just follow the ordination on the package.
The only contra indication is if you have a scared tissue in the intestine. That it could harm the normal flow of food. I have found some papers on the subject of absorbents and it seems to be a good idea to use this treatment apart from the fact that the absorbent quality of the substance is used in the beginning of the long path that the intestine channel makes.'
Anyhow it is easy to try for a week or so. And if it works that is fine. Otherwise you can just leave it. But I have experienced a rather dramatic effect. There have been research with other absorbents but this I have not tried. Please give a comment. But do not be to hard om me. After all I have a lot of experience as a patient and I am in the same situation as everybody else. I just wnat to put this forward to you all.

Djin
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   Posted 10/23/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Glundh, thanks for the information!

In a side note advise, to receive more responses it's a good idea to start your own thread. Sometimes we can, not in purpose, kidnap other person thread.

It's always helpful to have experienced sweden crohnies around!

Specticackle
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   Posted 10/24/2012 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Take a course of Prednisolone (or Prednisone in the US i think). Thats sorting me out right now :-)

Bane
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   Posted 10/24/2012 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Best thing I've found is just to find foods you can tolerate and stuff your face as much as you can. It's really that simple, since a lot of the high-calorie foods people usually use to gain weight bother my guts.
Diagnosed with Crohn's late December 2004. Getting by.
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