I am 5'8 and I went from 132 to 107lbs in two weeks during my severe UC attack before surgery. I did manage to put on some weight in the month between that attack and surgery by drinking a gazillion Ensure Plus drinks. I entered surgery at 119lbs and did not lose more than a pound or so after the operation. Now 7 months post-op, I am at about
122lbs. Though I tried to put on weight before surgery so I would go into the operation strong, I didn't worry too much about
trying to gain after the operation. I figured my body would eventually stabilize now that my colon was gone and once I was healed and I was able to eat normally again. That has been the case. The weight is very slowly coming back on. I am actually being mindful as I don't want my body to swing too much the other way now that I can eat everything. My pouch sticks wonderfully, my stoma functions beautifully, and I don't want to end up getting overweight and changing any of that.
Though I didn't work too hard to gain weight after the surgery, I ate a lot of protein to aid in my healing. Lots of protein whey powder shakes, fish and meat, Greek yogurt, eggs etc. I was eating between 60 and 100 grams of protein a day for about
10 weeks after the operation. I still try to eat a lot of protein, though I have eased off a little.
I think you are going to be pleased with your decision to go for the surgery. I had gotten to the point where I was so tired of feeling so weak and ill... I was excited for my surgery. I went for a permanent ileo instead, but am feeling amazing now that my colon is gone, my energy is back and NO MORE MEDS! As you, I found the side effects of the medications, especially Prednisone and Remicade, unbearable. I never even wanted to try Humira. I was done with drugs. Also, now I no longer worry about
when the next flare is coming. Here is to taking a big step in getting your health back. Best wishes!
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010
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