Hi Sherry, I'm one of those fatty crohnies. In fact, that is why my doctors and I never thought I had it until I had to have emergency resection. (fistula to the bladder). After my resection and a lovely time on pred I developed steroid-induced diabetes. I decided I needed to get my health in order. I started to work out. Going to the Y every other day. Changing my diet (low-carb) and only lost 11 lbs in 6 months. I was totally fixated on my weight and get more and more depressed. I was writing down every morsel going in my mouth and nothing. I would even wake up at night and cry because the scale wasn't moving. Finally after years of having so much fatigue I couldn't do anything, I finally had energy.
I finally set up an appointment with my PCP to discuss the matter. She put be on Cymbalta for the anxiety/depression. Extra benefits of appetite suppression and mild pain management. Within a few days my joints stopped hurting and I was even able to use the eliptical at the YMCA. It has been a miracle for me. I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks. My body has adjusted to it so the appetite suppression doesn't work anymore, but I never have been a big eater, just a bad eater because of fatigue. Easier to stop and get something instead of making it.
I've lost a total of 60 lbs since last August and still would like to lose at least 40 more but at least I'm on the move. I realize some of my weight loss is from my surgery but I'm still proud that I'm finally motivated to get it done.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor