UC now slowing down, how did you gain weight again? not on prednisone at moment either

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katkat
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering if anyone has had a little problem of gaining weight, my UC is slowly down but still having some blood issues, not as much urgency as before.  Am introducing other foods and drinks now and they taste great!
 
I haven't been on prednisone yet (knock on wood). My weight is still at 118 but would like to gain at least 7 more pounds.  Are there any tricks or suggestions that you may have?  Thanks.  
44 yrs old, only 3rd experience with flare-up start oct29.08, Ont.Canada. was 140lbs now 118
current: asacol 400 mg - 2 4x/day
                          
last flare in 2004 with c-diff, went into shock, hospitalized 2 wks, rec'd transfusion
prednisone, asacol, metronidazole
 
in 2000 rec'd antibiotics(sinuses),c-diff,ulcerative colitis 
 


quincy
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   Posted 12/28/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...just eat as balanced as you can...often during the day. Slower weight gain is much better than fast weight gain. If you're exercising, you'll not gain it as quickly...so, maybe don't do as much cardio as compared to strengthening.

Of course, my last major weight gain a few years ago was fueled by major distress while trying to "care/help" my elderly neighbours/clients because their children lived out of province...and I dealt with it by self-medicating with Terry's chocolate raspberry oranges..lol!!! Bought them by the dozen at the .99C store.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, enemas nightly (sigh!!)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate).... @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  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 !!!
 


Pooie1981
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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also in this boat. I know I know.. some people just wanna crack me over the head with a big stick... I hear it all the time "Why in the world would you want to GAIN weight?!" I was a healthy 135 pounds last winter and come the Spring I had a bad flare which brought me down to 100 pounds. All I could think was how grateful I was that I had the extra weight to lose at the time otherwise I'd be in the hospital or worse.. I could've blown away!! In any case.. Right now I am only about 116 and would like like to gain back what I like to call "my sick weight" or "safe weight." That is... the weight I need incase I get sick again and lose weight!!

I am eating very balanced meals and a few of them each day rather then 3 bigger meals a day. Lots of fruit and vegs and healthy stuff. I just find that since I gave up the deep fried foods, eating out, and pop the weight has just melted off and stayed off. Some days I find myself even sneaking a deep fried chicken strip here and there hoping it will help stick the weight back to my bones!! I just find I can eat and eat and eat and nope.. no weight gain!! I am not really interested in drinking those ensure drinks or anything like that but any other suggestions would be great!!!!
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


LeafsFan
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   Posted 1/9/2009 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I would also like to put on some more weight again. I find that since I have been diagnosed I eat healthier, therefore making it harder to put weight back on. I went from 170lbs to 150lbs. I am afraid that if I flare again, I'll fade away. I just don't want to go stuff my face with McDonalds as I don't think that will help, but I do want to get a healthy weight back on.
Do those ensure drinks help? I have thought about drinking one a day to see. I am 6'0" tall, so 150lbs is not very big. I used to be a pretty healthy 170lbs, played sports and worked out. Now if I flare again, I have no fat left to lose....
 
Chuck - 28 yrs and counting
 
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 08
 -----------------------------------
Pentasa 500mg 2pills-4x daily
Prednisone 50mg 45mg 40mg day - Calicium + Vit D
Multivitamin, vitamin C, probiotics, fish oil
 
"If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?"


princesa
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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Try adding nut butters, avacado and healthy oils - olive, fish, flax and Udo's - to your diet. Supplement with whey protein isolate or egg white protein shakes. Try Absorb Plus - predigested nutrition for IBDers. And weight training will add healthy muscle mass.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


Christine1946
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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
     I would think increasing the carbs would help too.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Pooie1981
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   Posted 1/9/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I have been eating more peanut butter sandwiches but nut enough peanut butter to gain weight I suppose. Fish is one thing I promised myself I would eat more often but haven't been.. will have to jump on that boat!! As for the carbs.. been trying that... to the point my BF bought me a winnie the pooh pin that says I Luv Carbs.. lol... she laughs at me whenever we are out together cuz of the food I can eat and I gain nothing while healthy her has to watch what she eats or else she balloons out....
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative PANCOLITIS diagnosed 2004
Asacol 3 pills once/day, Buscopan as needed
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid, Metamucil one tsp per day so far
Flare March-June 2008.. pretty much in remission again July


princesa
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   Posted 1/9/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
You might be surprised what increasing your healthy fats and easy to digest protein sources can do. Eating a lot of processed carbs and junk food is not going to help you. And you need to keep in mind you're going to have better luck with foods that are UC friendly and easy to digest. I always say it's not "you are what you eat, " but "you are what you're able to digest and assimilate."
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


helplessmother
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
when my son lost 50 pounds, his doctor recommended "boosts".  they come in strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.  it has 380 calories and is great to add to your diet.  Drink 3 a day and thats 1000 calories.  It worked for him.  there also gluten free.  good luck!

dakotagirl
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean about wanting the weight back. I don't mind carrying around a few extra pounds. Without them, I'd flare and be in serious trouble. I'd always rather have a few extra than not enough. Yes, I've had people tell me I'm crazy. They just don't understand.

I agree with the others above. Eat a sensible diet. I always try to add extra protein. I use Carnation Instant Breakfasts where others have used Ensure, Boost, or Muscle Milk.

Once your body has healed, it will be easier - but that can take a couple of months.

Good luck!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Mild Flare
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and a probiotic
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 12/02/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
 
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bbc
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   Posted 1/11/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   

I am in the same boat...I lost 14 lbs in the last month or so and lost 4lbs in one day and I'm down to 143 which is kinda on the "punny side" lol for a male 5'9".

Boost and Ensure have high levels of corn syrup in them and a powder mentioned above has fructose in it.

I looked into these supplement drinks and checked out lots and lots of weight gain and protien powders and most either have stuff in them you don't want if you are an IBD'er or cannot tolerate artificial sweetners and or just want to cut down on sweeetners period.  I make killer smoothies using Pacific Natural Foods Almond Milk in Vanilla flavor (now with 35% less sugar and NO artifical sweetners or fructose etc) I add almond butter, strawberries and some rice based vanilla protien powder (Nutri-Biotic) that is all natural made from whole grain brown rice with natural vanilla and has only 1 gram of sugar w/ no funky sweetners, ice and a nice banana thats not too ripe and some cinnamon (which also helps with the small amount of sugar). Yummm...tastes great plus it's low in sugar, not too high in fiber so they are flare friendly : )


Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
7 Pentasa per day (4/3)
Corti Foam p.m. 2X per week
Prebiotics and Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!
01/03/09 Trying a few new things...I'll report back after 90 days

Post Edited (bbc) : 1/11/2009 6:57:05 PM (GMT-7)


UC in Memphis
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My flare started about a month ago and I have since lost 15-20 pounds. I am about 5'10" and I was about 210-215 and now fluctuate between 195-200 pounds. I have the weight to lose so it hasn't really upset me, though this isn't exactly the way I was wanting to lose it.
Male, 30
Dx:Moderate-severe UC 12/24/08
Lifelong GI issues including an intesusception at age 4
Current meds: Lialda; Prevacid; Prednisone 12/24-01/05 (40mg) 01/06-present (20mg) 
 
Hoping to never have to resort to rectal meds due to traumatic enemas as a child.


ucwarrior
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Add a digestive enzyme combo to every meal. Its helps those of us who are digestively challenged to absorb more of the food we eat.
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  

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