weight loss b/c UC keeps body working?

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 1/2/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Gang. Happy New Year! I sincerely hope that 2008 brings all of us a year of health and remission.

So, I have a question, am wondering what you guys think. I think I am very slowly losing a bit of weight. Nothing major, maybe a pound a month or so, and not a big deal because I could probably stand to lose 5 - 10 pounds anyway. But, I have been wondering why because my habits haven't really changed. I do exercise regularly (which I always have done, way before UC) and I do eat some junk still (though I think my eating habit probably have improved since getting UC, as I stay away from really high-fat foods now). So, my thinking is that, in the same way a nursing mother burns more calories because her body works overtime producing milk, I am wondering if maybe my body is burning a few more calories because my body is working a bit harder as I work towards remission. Specifically, I poo more than I used to, and when I do it is sometimes pretty big, or pretty challenging to expel, making me feel like my body just completed a race by the time I get off the loo.... so, I am wondering if those exhausting BMs increase the number of calories we burn? anyone?
Pancolitis dx 3/07
12 Asacol/day
150mg Imuran/day (steroid dependent, reached this dose 9/07)
Various vitamins, a probiotic.

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I would think so....any energy expended would burn off calories..apparently worry can do the same thing. Being a new mom would as well....especially if you've changed your diet from consuming high fat empty nutrition foods.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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