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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm just wondering if people with crohn's disease have higher metabolisms? or burn fat quicker or what because i'm starting to get concerned about my weight loss. i do eat, it doesn't cause me pain or make me want to be sick or anything like that. i know i don't eat really large amounts of food and i used to do light exercise aout 5-6 days a week. Now only exercise about 1-2 times a week. i have increased the amount of food i eat aswell but people seem to tell me i have lost even more weight. it's not a drastic change but they seem to notice it.
i am 5'0 and weigh 41kg at the moment. about a month or 2 ago i weighed 42kg and i have lessened my exercising and been eating fattier things. i don't understand why i lose the weight instead of gaining it?  
i have had increased stool frequency but haven't had D for about 6-7 weeks since increasing my medicine. I'm not sure what else to do? Is it possible to lose weight even if i'm not running to the bathroom a lot? I still am in the process of receivign an official crohn's diagnosis but my GI says he is only becoming increasingly convinced that it is crohn's. If i do have it it's only mild so i don't see why i would lose weight? Before starting the medication i did have D at least once a week. It's so frustrating to not knwo what is going on! I do suffer from fructose malabsorption aswell so that interfers with things too! 
Also is it normal to become really tired a lot? Even if i have had enough sleep?

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 12/30/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have an answer on why you are continuing to lose weight. But did want to tell you to ask your doc about B12 shots. They really help me energy wise.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 12/30/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I think a lot of it has to do with our body's inability to absorb nutrients properly. Constant D doesn't help things either..I'd still check with your doctor to see what you can do though. My aunt doesn't have any autoimmune disorders or other illness, but she always had difficulty in absorbing things like protein and was ALWAYS underweight even when she ate 6 meals a day and had entire sticks of butter with her crackers.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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