How to Maintain/Gain Weight

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   Posted 5/13/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I was just wondering what people's experiences have been with trying to keep on weight, or even gain weight. I was taking entocort for awhile and i gained weight and went from 138lbs to 150lbs approximately. Since the entocort isn't working quite so well anymore, I have been sliding down to about 144lb. So I'm at a point where I have lost half of what I gained, and Im not even off entocort yet. I will hopefully be starting remicade though in a few weeks. And hopefully the remicade helps me from losing more weight. Anyways, my hope was to get a discussion going of how people alter diet/exercise to gain weight with crohn's. I know eating products like ensure and stuff help, so I plan on starting that again. But i was wondering if anyone could share a bit about this. thanks in advance. :-)

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   Posted 5/13/2008 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
since I am one of the lucky ones who are not lactose intolerant I eat ice cream almost every night...keeps my calories up

Diagnosed with crohn's in January 2008! 
Pentasa 1000 mg 4 times a day
On Topamax twice daily for migraines
On nexium - continuing for a month or so...the pred upset my tummy pretty bad. :-(
I am 27 years old and have been married for 2 years.  I cannot wait to try to have children so I want to get this under control!!

Mark Mac
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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I too have problems gaining weight. I am six feet tall and have never broken 130 lbs. When I've been sick and am just trying to keep weight on when it hurts to eat anything it seems, I eat oatmeal for breakfast and add lots of peanut butter. Its easily digestable (by me), and it has lots of fat. I still have found nothing though to really gain the weight, and I'm picky too. If I could eat nothing but rice and steamed vegetables, I think sometimes I'd feel fine. Can you imagine though; I'd go insane. I'm anxious to hear any input that people have to offer.
28, male, diagnosed CD in 93'. Currently taking Humira, and darvoset for pain. Also getting acupuncture and chinese herbs as well as a massage when I can afford it. 107 lb

"I'm not a doctor, but I play one on TV"

Mike W
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   Posted 5/13/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
This is the million dollar question. The thing is to gain weight you need to heal the intestines. I know it's not helpful and if anyone has better ideas then great. The problem with things like ice cream for many is that even if they can handle the lactose the sugar can screw things up.

I'm 5'10" and right now I'm 135, but I'd love to get to 155...
Diagnosed in 1999.
No surgeries.

Age : 31

Currently on 75mg 6mp and probiotics.

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   Posted 5/13/2008 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm...there is always the ever popular prednisone. Helps heal the intestine and increases the apitite at the same time.

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   Posted 5/14/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Adding protien to your diet helps. French toast, honey on toast, I eat alot of hamburg meals , and I love sweets oops not everyone agrees that we should eat sweets. Mashed potatoes are good too I love them whipped. lol gail

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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I would like to say that I have added a generic Ensure drink (one a day) and I seem to be stabilized in weight so far. I might even expect to regain a few pounds. But at least I know im not losing anymore weight at the moment. I don't get the plus calories...those have too many carbs in them to digest...So im quite optomistic and having a good evening:) Just thought I'd send the update, since most people only seem to come on when they are going thru a rough time.
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