I hope you all are well.
I've been dealing with an undefined "inflammatory bowel disease" for almost 4 years now. In the beginning of the onset of the disease, I was 140 pounds. I was constipated though all the time, and got to the point where I could barely eat because my intestines were so full (I only went to the bathroom once a month). Conventional doctors just kept telling me to eat more fiber and drink more water, so I found a doctor who practices alternative medicine and he got my bowels moving finally with oxygenated magnesium, but then my weight began to drop quickly. I fell all the way to 84 pounds at 5'7 and was hospitalized. That's when I tested positive for Crohn's/Inflammatory bowel in a blood test.
Unfortunately though, in the hospital they did a colonoscopy and and found a ton of inflammation, but nothing specific to Crohn's, so they didn't really diagnose me with anything and they sent me home.
I was eventually able to regulate my bowels with diet and the oxygenated magnesium where I didn't have diarrhea 8 times a day, but I also wasn't constipated for a month. Unfortunately though, my diet became very limited. The only foods my body can digest without getting inflamed are primarily vegan, gluten free, and fat free. I can only eat beans, some veggies, sweet potatoes, some fruits, brown rice (cooked to death)...etc..
Right now I have no animal protein in my diet, because when I eat it, it just comes out whole. The only fat I have is 2 oz of avocado because anything more than that constipates me for a week. Gluten and dairy gives me weird diarrhea that is difficult to push out due to inflammation (sorry if that's TMI!).
So here's the problem: I believe I'm malnourished, and unfortunately over the past two days the diarrhea is back and my weight has fallen to 100 pounds at 5'7. This means that my BMI is 16. AHHHH....I'm terrified for my organs. I'm short of breath and my heart races when I stand up. I think I may have a stomach virus, hence the reason for the random diarrhea and extreme nausea, but because of the IBD my body can't handle this.
So I guess I'm just asking for advice. Does anyone have extreme constipation, or extreme food sensitivities? Anyone know of a med or a weight gain shake that helped or helps either of those things? Thanks so much for reading this. I'd appreciate any input that you may have!
Post Edited (littlelymie19) : 4/4/2009 11:04:48 AM (GMT-6)