trouble losing weight?

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   Posted 2/18/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Oddly enough, I have trouble losing weight with this disease and I'm not on steroids. Does anyone know if immunosuppressants slow down your metabolism? I really am not a huge eater and have problems digesting fats so I'm trying to avoid them.
Anyone have this issue? Any advice?
22 Female, currently on MTX. Previously on Imuran, Remicade, Pentasa, etc. Ileocolic resection in 2006.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Try cutting out as much starch as you can stand giving up and no sugars. Also if you can do some physical activity it helps. Not enough sleep is known to inhibit weight loss so get good sleeps. I had that happen for a while. I wasn't exercising as much as before sick. Then I started to feel better and I found I had upped my calories as I could eat more junk food, which I know better than to do, but felt so deprived for so long went crazy. Gained ten pounds and barely realized it. Now I am slowly trying to get it off. Don't know about those drugs and weight gain I have been allergic to everyone of them but the Pentasa. Mood drugs tend to make you gain weight if you are on any of those. Hey when you figure it out tell me. what a roller coaster ride life has become.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
cbk im the exact opposite i cant keep the weight on im only 112 ibs and im 42 saying that i have an underactive thyroid my understanding was you are meant to put weight on with an underactive saying that when your immune systems low with methotrexate your prone to catch colds flus etc

things may well change when i hit the menopause!

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   Posted 3/4/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I've started to wonder the same thing myself. I had 3 weeks of constant D, and didn't lose a single pound. I figured at least I'd have something good come of it, but no! I seem to eat less than I used to, but a couple pounds jump on board here and there. I didn't know if it was age catching up to me, or the meds.

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12

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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always had trouble taking off weight - even at my very sickest!! Steroids didn't help. Pregnant 1 year after my resection so between feeling better because I could eat a lot of foods again, and the pregnancy, well, you know. My issue is exercise. Even though my CD has been in remission, I still have joint pains and fatigue so I don't get as much exercise as I should. Here's my theory though - the weight may be a good thing because if I ever get really sick again, I will have reserves to last awhile!!
41, diagnosed 1992 (25), resection 1993, remission for 16 years, no current meds

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