Help! My husband is out of control!

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UC spouse
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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 6/13/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
After a year of suffering from pancolitis and losing 40 pounds within that year, my husband has been feeling better and his last colonoscopy showed he had Proctosigmoiditis, which is a big improvement. The doctor told him to eat whatever he wants because he needs to gain that weight back. The doc. feels he has lost a lot of muscle mass and it will be hard to replace that, so he recommended my husband eat anything.

I know I should be happy, but I am so nervous that they symptoms will come back. My husband on the other hand thinks he can eat everything and anything. He eats fried food, sweets, a snickers ice cream bar every night, etc.

When i tell him he needs to eat sensibly, he says that he does not know how long this 'good' period will last, so i should let him enjoy and he is feeling fine and more energetic. He keeps reminding me that the doc. said he could eat ANYTHING.

I am worried that he is pushing his luck. Am I overreacting? Has anyone gone back to eating everything and continuing to feel fine for a long period of time???

bellski
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   Posted 6/13/2008 2:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you could call the doctor with your concerns and see if he or the nurse would call him back with some more sensible way to eat to gain the weight back. Other than that, maybe you can surround him with good healthy choices so he might be tempted to eat better. Good Luck, Bellski
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis, possible dysplasia
Currently: symptoms have subsided, awaiting biopsy results for dysplasia
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1, Canasa (sometimes) Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, One a Day Women's X 1, Citrucel, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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quincy
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   Posted 6/13/2008 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Who's cooking the fried foods? Do you mean they're full of fat or grease or are they just with a bit of oil such as olive oil..etc?

I think you're overreacting a bit more than you need to.

What meds is he on at this time? Maybe you could create a signature so that we don't keep asking.

It's good he's feeling better.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!


slimcook
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   Posted 6/13/2008 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I to have pan-colitis and had a terrible flare last year and came out of it just as last summer started. If I had one word to sum up that summer it would be FOOD. It was wonderful. It was glorious. It was all about food. You have no idea the pleasure that you get from feeling good AND being able to eat. I am now a year into "eating" and am seeing a bit of a chubby belly and extra jiggle in my upper arms. I think it's marvelous. I eat really sensibly now but did go through that time last year making up for lost time. I say give him a break and let him eat.
Slimcook
dx:2003 Pancolitis
current meds:
Colazol 1500 TID, Imuran 100mg, Healthy Trinity Probiotic, Grape Seed Ext. Biotin, Vit. E., Selenium, Flax Oil, Calcium, Zinc and Emergen-C


UC Dude
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   Posted 6/13/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Let the man have his fun. :)
 


love4cats
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I would not let loose and eat junk, although I do not believe food causes UC, I do believe UC'ers need to keep the immune systems in the best health we can, and that is by eating properly.
 
 
Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.
 
 


hana24
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I kind of go crazy when I start pred for the first week or so and I think it is okay. It is nice to have good food for a while when you restrict your diet. Give him a few days and then don't let him go to the grocery store with you:) Thats what I do to my husband.


Tell him to really pay attention to his body and if he starts having any problems to be careful.
Jessica 26/F 30mg pred
dicyclomine 10Mg as needed
Citalopram 20 MG
Culturelle once daily
omeprazole(for acid reflex)
Tried (Entorcort EC 9ml/day and Prednisone, Asacol ,colazal)


julee70
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat anything I want and it makes no difference. I would not worry too much about it. Some people's UC isn't triggered so much by food but by other factors like stress. If some foods make him feel bad, he'll stop. :)
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UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP since 2006, Cortifoam
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it. (Asacol, Colazol, Pentasa, DiPentum, Rowasa, Canasa, Cortenema, sulfasalazine)
5ASA drugs don't work for me. Canasa seems to make me worse.
Alternative treatments I have had success with: Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy


seconder
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   Posted 6/13/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I dream about fried chicken!  I'm jealous!
 
I'd let him eat.
 
Let's say there are 3,500 calories per pound.  He lost 40 pounds so that's, like, 140,000 calories to make up.  A quick check shows that a Snickers ice cream bar has 250 calories.  That's 560 ice cream bars. . .

UC spouse
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 70
   Posted 6/13/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your advice. I think the general consensus is too relax and let him eat whatever he wants. So, i will bite my tongue. I guess I just worry b/c I've seen him at his worst and felt like I couldn't do anything to help.

Quincy-I am definitely not the one cooking the fried food. I am talking about deep fried, ex. Chicken burger from fast food. He usually has this on his lunch break. Haven't had a chance to update the sig. Will do it soon.

Seconder- I am sure my husband will appreciate your calculation with the snickers bar;)

slimcook-You put it very well. I think my husband feels exactly the way you described.

quincy
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   Posted 6/13/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...interesting. You could encourage him about making good food choices...because if he does so, he'll be able to eat MORE...lol!

The other thing.....if he suffers from something that bothers him, he'll learn on his own.

You could encourage him to have a digestive enzyme and for him to use fibre supplement that will help sweep out some of the bad stuff.

I agree to let him alone....but you can trow in the better choices aspect.

Keep us posted.

q
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!


ediekristen
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   Posted 6/13/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
hana24 said...
I kind of go crazy when I start pred for the first week or so and I think it is okay. It is nice to have good food for a while when you restrict your diet. Give him a few days and then don't let him go to the grocery store with you:) Thats what I do to my husband.
LOL talking about going crazy... The last time I was on pred I ate chili cheese fries from Hardees like every other day. They were soooo good and I definitely put on a few pounds. I can't eat them anymore though, I think I over did it and now when I even think about them I get heartburn, haha

Bennie
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   Posted 6/13/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that when bratcat is on prednisone, her appetite increases tremendously. I am thrilled to see her eating after an especially hard time during the first month or so or a flare so I try not to say too much. Plus, as Quincy said, sooner or later he should begin to realize what foods bother him (even if he does love them). We know fast food causes everyone in our family (with or without an IBD) to run to the bathroom after eating. But we still eat it. But I know bratcat will pass on it on her "not so great" days. Her brother (nonamejames) was recently diagnosed with Crohns. On his own, he has mentioned to be that he sees changes the day after he drinks alcohol or eats certain foods. He is slowly deciding on his own that while he might not cut those out of his life completely, he will pick and choose whether it is really worth the pain after. I think your husband may feel the same. Also as he puts on a little more weight, he may want to start exercising a bit more. That will build up his muscle and may even want to eat healthier.

--Mom of bratcat (17 years old)--
Daughter bratcat was diagnosed with pancolitis October 2006
Current meds:
Asacol - 4 pills/3Xday, 15 mg prednisone, Remicade
 
11/14/06 - started prednisone; 1/28/07 - finished prednisone!
3/3/07 - began to taper off hydrocortisone sloowwly! Summer 2007 - slowly began tapering Rowasa. 9/07 -- flaring? Nightly Rowasa. 9/21/07 -- added hydrocortisone enemas. 9/30/07--added prednisone. 10/31--started 6-mp, stopped the enemas. Started lowering prednisone. 3/08-another flare!

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