WOOOO HOOOO.....I gained 5 whole pounds! Finally!

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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 5' 2" and had weighed 104 lbs. for at least 28 or 29 years. The most I've ever weighed was 117 lbs. when I was a junior in high school. Five years ago I had my first real major flare and dropped down from 104 to 83 lbs. It was frightening.
One shot of pred and a year later I had worked my way up to 108 lbs. by eating lots of barbecued ribs, smashed garlic potatoes and all kinds of nasty things I shouldn't have eaten. Even went a brilliant step further and started adding some grand marnier to my diet. Well......I flared something awful from all that and went back down to 85 lbs.
Two years later I was still holding at 85 and trying to gain without eating all the junk. Then, THEN!....I discovered I could eat walnuts! And I've been stuffing my face with them for the past several weeks. As a result I've gained 5 lbs. and am now up to a whopping 90! yeah I am so excited! Wonder if I can get another 20 packed on with walnuts? I'm impressed that I can eat them at all. But I do chew them to the consistency of butter. I also watch my diet much more carefully now as I know lots of carbs and sugars and yeasties will send me to the ER.
Anyway, just wanted to share the good news. It sucks being skinny...mostly because I have no reserves if I happen to get sick again. The only meds I'm on is Asacol...and I only take two tablets a day. Hardly the therapeutic dose. I'm supposed to be taking 8, but they really screw up my muscles. I'm heavy into alternatives and seem to be doing okay as I go around knocking on wood all the time. eyes

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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   


I used to like you..........man if I could give my extra weight to those in need. devil

Kudos to you, I am glad you have gained. Keep on doing what ever works for you.


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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Good for you!! I used to be in your boat about two years ago,then with Prednisone,I gained all my weight back that I was supposed to,and then alittle bit more. :-)

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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Geez Squattie your turning in to a tub of lard. Just kidding!!!! Glad you have been able to gain some weight. I don't know what I am doing but I have been staying pretty steady with my weight lately. I guess the low residue diet is doing its stuff. I got a little worried there for a bit because I was losing weight for no known reason but its stable now. Woo Hoo to you!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 1/3/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   


Glad you found something that works for you. Just wondering, have you tried avocados, too? Like walnuts, they're really healthy, but also high in calories.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Writer....oh yeah, I've always got my face shoved into avocado. And I eat bananas. I feel my best when I'm doing veggies and plain proteins...cept for cheese. But there's no gaining weight on veggies and meat. So I supplement with avocados...a lot. I can do certain apples and various fruits that aren't too sweet.

I do eat a little sourdough bread. It seems to be the only kind I can tolerate. I don't do protein shakes of any kind because they either have sugar or soy...and I'm intolerant to soy. Sugar does not do well with me. BUT!!! I CAN DO COFFEE!!! Whooo Hoooo!

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   Posted 1/3/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am happy for you,I know I kept my weight between 130-135 one reason I am only 5'3 and the fact that obesity(sp)runs on my mother's side of the family bad,but when I got sick I went form 133 down to 102 in a three weeks time.When I was put on prednisone it didn't take long before I gained my weight back and a lot more.I remember telling my GI that it would have not been so bad gaing all of this weight if I could have had the enjoyment of eating my self fat.Well I booloned up to 234 pounds"oh yea"well this last flare I jhave lost sixty pounds.So I have been on both sides so I know were you are coming from.

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   Posted 1/3/2008 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Right on Squattie, good for you! Keep up those walnuts. Full of heart-healthy essential fatty acids!
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   Posted 1/3/2008 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
congratulations to you!!!!! tongue
Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations! Every little bit helps. I remember when I was about 11, my Mom coming home from one particularly bad bout in the hospital at 73lbs, boy did she look sick. After her last resection, she ended up with short bowel syndrome. She used to eat a pound of homemade fudge every few days and still couldn't maintain weight. Not an option for you, since its pure sugar. The only thing that helped her was a medium chain fatty acid. It must have been a prescription. It was basically an oil that she would bake into muffins or the like. But you could also use it in salad dressings or anyway you would use an olive oil. Once she started using that, she was able to start gaining weight little by little.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

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

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   Posted 1/4/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
yay congrats!!! i am there with you on the attempting to gain weight train! it's encouraging for me to hear of your success :D

so far I'm up 3 lbs - at night it's 5 lbs (at 101!) - but back to 98 lbs in the morning :P

i'm going to include walnuts like you! and make my very own trail mix - here's to hoping for continued weight gain and feeling better <3

25 yrs - female : diagnosed with Crohn's 11/29/07

"i believe - you can keep going long after you can't"

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   Posted 1/4/2008 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to Crohn's, but not to dietary restrictions/allergies. (Diabetes and Celiac.)

I'm reading what people are eating and I am totally confused?

Apples? Thought that they were bad for people with Crohns?
Walnuts/nuts? Heard the same.
Coffee?? For people with Diarrhea? I drink it, but no Diarrhea of late.

My gluten free Celiac foods seem to keep the weight on nicely for me (6'2", 205 lbs.)
Rice and Tapioca flours are used in them. Is that something that you are able to eat with the "yeasties" (sorry don't know what that is.) Tapioca root was used to fatten brides in Polynesian culture I understand. Maybe it's worth looking into? tongue

I hope I don't offend anyone by asking these questions. I am really confused by some of the contradictory things I read. Thanks.
Type I Diabetes- 28 yrs. (MiniMed Insulin Pump)
Celiac Disease- 6 yrs.
Crohn's Disease- 1+ year (Nov. '06)

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   Posted 1/4/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea! Congrats, keep noshin' on those walnuts, good and good for you! Baby steps...it's a great start. Stay well.
Marci, 38 years young, Rockledge, FL
Dx with Crohn's disease March 2006
Currently on bi-weekly Humira, daily 6mg Entocort, daily 2-3x 5mg hydrocodone (for pain), and daily 75mg Effexor,
plus 3x per day heavy iron supplements for anemia,
calcium supplement, daily multi-vitamin,
Lasix as needed for ankle/feet swelling
Self-proclaimed "recluse"  do to CD  ;)

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   Posted 1/4/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Miguel,

Different foods affect different people differently. How's that for profound? Actually, I haven't always been able to eat nuts, or apples, etc. But I think as my gut heals, I'm able to tolerate more now than I could a while ago.

If I'm in a bad flare there's no way I'm going to eat an apple, or nuts or anything that might be abrasive to the gut. As far as coffee goes, that has never affected me. However, if I'm in a flare I find I have absolutely no desire for coffee. I try to listen to my body more these days. But then sometimes I also tell it to "SHUT UP!" Especially if there's something I really, really want and know better than to have. I'm also willing to pay the consequences for doing that.

Each individual is different in what they can, or cannot, tolerate. It's up to each one to determine for themselves. You can have 50 people come on here and proclaim all the benefits of eating yogurt for good bacteria. Even when I'm well I cannot tolerate yogurt. Most people can.

Outside of Universal Laws, there are no rules that apply to everyone all the time insofar as crohns and diet.

I've never tried the tapioca flour. It sounds like something I would like to try. I do use rice flour for thickening as a gravy, etc. My talents for baking and cooking don't exceed too far beyond making toast and cereals.

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   Posted 1/4/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh man I feel ya. When I was diagnosed I was 5'8 and 108 pounds...not a good look or healthy by any means. However I have been on prednisone for a while now, and since my diagnosis 5 years ago I have gained about 50 pounds. The first 30 or so was great cause I was so sick, but I am now at the yucky prednisone weight, and feel like a big balloon with a moon face. Good Luck with the weight gain!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Off all meds for 1 month until I heal. Still on 10mg Prednisone, and 20mg Oxycodone every 3 hours, and Oxycontin 5mg every 12 hours. Also on a bunch of other meds for crohn's and my other glorious diseases.
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines
Surgeries: Spleen and gallbladder out at age 6, Tonsils and Adenoids out at age 21. Ileocecal (small bowel) resection on December 13th. Appendectomy during small bowel resection

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