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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/1/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to start off by saying how great it is to see so many discussions about ccohn's disease and so many people getting involved to help each other. I was diagnosed 2.5 years ago (when i was 26 years old), and subsiquently was on predisone for 3 weeks after and have been on Pentasa every since. Although i have had a few minor flare ups, i have never had to go back on predisone or need any surgery yet (cross my fingers), however i have noticed a sever decline in my weight. Before i was diagnosed i was about 180lbs, and today i am down to about 145lbs, on a good day.
Does anyone have any tricks or advise on how to gain weight? I am already pretty physically active (playing baseball, hockey, football, golf ect.) so i dont really have time or want to start hitting the gym yet. I also was told to drink weight gain supliment such as a protein shake or ensure or boost, which i have also tried with little effect, i ussually hit the toilet right after i down one of them anyway.
Please help, i am not wanting to become a body builder or giant, i just want to get back to a normal weight and not look like an skeleton anymore. I dont want to be embarrased to hit the beach anymore.
Thank you.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/1/2010 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate to say this but if your weight is steadily decreasing, your disease is probably not under control. Even if you are not feeling any symptoms, you may have some active disease going on and thus the weight lose. It might be something to discuss with your doctor.

But that wasn't your question. Snacking is one of the best ways to increase your weight. Just a few high calorie snacks a day, spaced out so that they don't interfere with your meals. If you have 3 or 4 100 calorie snacks a day, that is an extra 300 calories a day, 2100 calories a week. That is a lot and could amount to a significant weight gain over time. A 100 calorie snack isn't much, 1 egg, 4oz yogurt, 1 banana, 8 saltines, 1 T peanut butter, 1 T butter, 1 apple, 1 oz cheese, 1/3C pudding, 1 med. muffin. Now think about combining some of these things and you could come up with a 200 calorie snack that wouldn't be all that much. A few crackers with butter. A banana with peanut butter. Just add a few of these a day and you might be back to where you want to be in a bit. But if it doesn't help then, you might have an absorption problem.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/2/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
So how do you know if you got the disease under control, if i dont have any symptoms?

How does one fix an absorption problem?


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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 2/2/2010 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi canadian,
My 14 year old daughter has crohns, mostly in the small bowel. The first sign to me that she is starting to flare is she begins to lose weight. She starts off real slow, then it ramps up before the other symptoms like fatigue, stomach aches and fevers start. She just finished a course of prednisone. This last flare began in Sept, when she lost a few pounds, then in Oct a few more, and by December, when she began to have other symptoms, she lost 10 lbs. She was down to 80 lbs. Now she is back up to 91 lbs and I am constantly trying to pack on some weight while her bowels are able to absorb nutrients again. She is following SCD again now, and I make her yogurt with 50% cream so it is very high in calories. I also make her homemade peanut butter cups which are high in calories. Mix peanut butter, honey and ground nuts and then put some in muffin tins and freeze. They need to be kept in the freezer but are really tasty. She also likes fried bananas which are fried in butter so calories are high too. Slice banana lenthwise, roll in pecan flour and fry in butter. Drizzle with honey and cinnamon. Tasty too. Anyway, it does sound like your disease is active and that you are not able to absorb nutrients. I'd see the doc since you have lost alot of weight. Maybe you need meds adjusted or a course of prednisone to get you back on track. Diana

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   Posted 2/2/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I had trouble gaining weight last year my Gi told me to eat anything i can tolerate so i eat alot of bread, pasta really anything high calorie, and at the moment have cravings for egg fried rice and the weight is certainly going back on now!!!! Bev x smilewinkgrin
Diagnosed with crohns at 13 now 43
Reversal of temp stoma Postponed till ???????
Meds: Iron syrup,Loperimide,Folic acid & Citalopram 60mg (for Anxiety.)

" I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
If you haven't seen your doctor recently, you should give a call. They do some simple blood work to see how things are doing and then possibly some more testing or just adjust your medication, if your disease is ramping up.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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

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   Posted 2/2/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Try and eat as healthy as you can, if avacados don't bother you, they can be fattening (but they're healthy fat), I think coconut might be fattening too (I'm not 100% on that), a good way to find out what foods are healthy but fattening is google...that's what I do.

bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~

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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 2/2/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You may not believe this one- and it's a lot of work- but if it does well for you, it's amazing: pemmican. It's a 50/50 mixture (by weight) of powdered, dried meat, and rendered beef fat. The stuff stores indefinitely, and is exceedingly nutritious. A relatively sedentary individual can consume 3/4 pound of pemmican a day, and need nothing else other than water. (If prepared correctly, it retains most of the vitamin C in the meat, which is enough to survive on. However, it's not recommended to do this indefinitely. Pemmican has been a survival food for years- very high-calorie, stores indefinitely, and is remarkably palatable once one gets used to it.)

A book written by the last great Arctic explorer covers pemmican in depth:

Lastly, while the "binding" agent in pemmican is saturated fat, the link between sat fat and heart disease is a very poor one; six studies have shown no relationship, while two studies have shown there is a relationship. I can cite that if anyone is interested, but Michael Pollan covers it better in "In Defense of Food." Anyway- provided the sugar and carbohydrate intake is kept relatively low, fat intake is probably less harmful than sugar for the average American. Speaking from experience, I can eat all the fat and protein I want with no "fallout." It's the carbs that get me- and pemmican is *perfect* for when I refuse to eat junk food on the road.
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