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bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow I'm a little freaked out...ok I'm alot freaked out.  Today I had a very normal BM, very large hard/smooth formed stool with no blood (thank God), but it was a large amount....I then did my morning weigh in as I've lost about 12 lbs in the last few weeks due to a flair and today I am down a full 4 lbs over yesterday!!! I am quite concerned...I am a 5'9" male...anyone every experience this before?
 
Thanks
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


princesa
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you weigh at the same time of day? A large bowel movement can make a difference in weight. And weight fluctuates throughout the day.
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.
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Same time and always right after my a.m. BM...it appears my flair may be getting better and today's BM as I mentioned above was large so maybe this stuff needed to come out now that my flair is getting better??? Geez, I thought we start to gain weight once we start feeling better, at least that's the way it's worked for me in the past?
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


quincy
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   Posted 1/7/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I fluctuate about 5 pounds a day...but it does depend on what time of the day I weigh myself.

I would suggest you start adding more food into your intake...truly, that's the only way you'll start to gain weight.

Lower your exercise routines a bit in length maybe.

Are you at least taking in some "fuel" for your exercising? Surely you're consuming some complex carbs?

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~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 !!!
 


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/7/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My weight fluctuates around 5lbs a day constantly as well. I think a lot of it is water weight plus any weight lost from the numerous BMs I have daily.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. Does your weight fluctuate that much morning to morning?
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


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Q,

I have stopped my exercise program because of all the weight I've lost...I have also been cutting out carbs were I can trying to reduce sugars as they really affected my IBD.  I was just amazed that under the exact conditions (after my a.m. BM) I lost 4 lbs just from yesterday. I eat a large amount of food but due to my recent UC flair not much is getting absorbed.

quincy said...
I fluctuate about 5 pounds a day...but it does depend on what time of the day I weigh myself.

I would suggest you start adding more food into your intake...truly, that's the only way you'll start to gain weight.

Lower your exercise routines a bit in length maybe.

Are you at least taking in some "fuel" for your exercising? Surely you're consuming some complex carbs?

q



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) : 1/7/2009 12:07:31 PM (GMT-7)


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Do you fluctuate that much morning to morning and under the same conditions?

Thanks

ediekristen said...
My weight fluctuates around 5lbs a day constantly as well. I think a lot of it is water weight plus any weight lost from the numerous BMs I have daily.



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


Sara14
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My weight only fluctuates about 2 pound or so day to day. I would call your GI and let him/her know what's going on.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa; Canasa; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin; sublingual allergy drops


Got2Believe
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think someone can lose 4 pounds of muscle and/or fat in a day. It was either water retension, food in your digestive system, or some other factor such as shoes, clothing or misreading the scale. I wouldn't be too concerned about the daily loss like I would be the total loss in a week or two.
I have gained over 10 pounds in a weekend when I went to a cousins wedding only to lose it on Monday.lol.
                                                                                         
28/M/TX single parent of gorgeous 3yo girl (revised 12/12/08)
Severe Colitis (pancolitis) since January 9, 2005
currently:  Mildly Flaring 
RX/day: none! Tapered off Prednisone 9/20/08. Lost job and insurance 10/2007 and stopped taking asacol and Imuran cold turkey
OTC: enzymes everyday, turmeric, seldom use probiotics, vitamins & other natural treatments
Diet: SCD helps tremendously, but am not strictly on it.
Other: Prayer, food combos, good posture, chewing more, etc.


princesa
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't cut out all exercise. Weight training is a powerful tool to help you regain healthy lean 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.
 
 


Kiss520
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   Posted 1/7/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Did you drink a good amount of alcohol the night before?  Sometimes if I overindulge with alcohol, the dehydration will make me lose a few the next day.

Regardless, I'm curious to know what your scale will say tomorrow.  Let us know what happens next...


Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/sunflower & Low-residue diet.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Near total remission
 
 
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys and thanks...I do not drink and I always weigh myself first thing in the a.m. without clothing right after my morning BM...my scale is digital so I did not misread it. I did call my to office and they ordered some blood work for thyroid etc but said I should see a regular md for more testing etc. I've been losing weight like crazy due to my current flair but 4lbs in one day has me really concerned. As mentioned I had a very large bm this a.m. Which looked the like the best shape and consitency I've had in many weeks and with no blood...I'm wondering if I am returning to remission maybe my body is finally eliminating some backed up waste but I have been having relatively large bms all along just todays was huge.
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) : 1/7/2009 1:44:40 PM (GMT-7)


unclebubba
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
during the worst of my flare, I lost a pound a day for a while. Then another pound every couple days. A total of 41 pounds in all. Went from 220 down to 179. Now that I'm coming out of it ( i hope ) I am back up to 188. And this is where I want to stay... under 200 for sure. Doc says my height and frame will carry between 190 and 225. that is my safe range. I am 5'11" and have broad shoulders. he told me not to worry till he does. Guess I'll trust him. LOL
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio
 
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30 mg predisone, 9 balsalazide, rowesa enema, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera
gluten intolerance... attempting to live no/low gluten
 
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Kiss520
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Same with me - a pound a day when things were at their worst.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Spinach/sunflower & Low-residue diet.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.
Status:  Near total remission
 
 
 
 


kickboxer
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't worry about it too much, i've lost more than 10 pounds in a day, intentionally though.. Before people make any comments I do it because i fight competitively and have to make weight lol. Anyways it has alot to do with what you are eating. For example, carbohydrates and salt cause you to retain more water, so if you've been eating alot of carbs or eating alot of salty foods all of the water you drink is going to stay in your body. This retianed water can easily be shed in a day through urination and sweating. Another thing that you have to be aware of is that scales can easily differ between a few pounds. One time i weighed myself and I was 180lbs, then i stepped off the scale and stepped back on and i weighed 177lbs lol explain that one.. If you do weight training your body will strive to absorb more nutrients, you essentially stress your muscles and they think to themselves "man I really need to start soaking up more of this protein and calories so I can get bigger to take care of these loads". By weight training you are telling your body to absorb more of what you eat, and to retain what you have eaten in the form of muscle fiber, resulting in added weight. On the flipside, you want to stay away from cardio for the time being because that will just burn the calories away that you are trying to maintian. Hope this helps a bit.
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suebear
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   Posted 1/7/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree that this is probably water weight and you shouldn't worry about it unless you continually lose weight over consecutive days. Our bodies are made up of 98% water so even if you aren't ingesting what seems like copious amounts of water you are always carrying. Much water also comes from the foods we eat and isn't limited to what we drink.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope it's water weight, just never dropped so much in one day and I use the same digital scale every morning ( I checked battery too ). I also wondering how much waste I eleiminated this morning. my gosh it was enormus like there was a boa constrictor in the commode. (sorry for the gross but pertinent details)
Thanks to you all for the thoughts and concern...boy this disease is just brutal sometimes : (
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


Peety
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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
TMI!
I never lose weight or my appetite during flares. Then I take prednisone which makes my appetite and weight even greater. Boohoo.
Occasionally my healthy husband will have a day of "unloading" and I bet he loses that much weight. Maybe you are actually getting healthier.

At least do some stretches if you're not feeling up to exercising.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


bbc
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   Posted 1/7/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Peety...from you lips to God's ears! : )

I still do stretch every morning and once our pool heater gets fixed I'm back in the pool for my daily morning swim (God willing).

Peety said...
TMI!
I never lose weight or my appetite during flares. Then I take prednisone which makes my appetite and weight even greater. Boohoo.
Occasionally my healthy husband will have a day of "unloading" and I bet he loses that much weight. Maybe you are actually getting healthier.

At least do some stretches if you're not feeling up to exercising.


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


quincy
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   Posted 1/7/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bbc. Definitely best for the doc to do blood tests....make sure the doc does liver/kidney/pancreas enzymes as well as thyroid and sugar.

I would suggest you weigh yourself in the morning and at night. You'll have some fluctuations, and we always weigh less in the morning than at night.

I would say that part of the weight loss is because of the food changes, but it's good to hear your stools are showing "substance"...wow!..sounds like a stander-upper! lol!

Are you still taking the Melatonin?

Keep us posted as to any updates.
Please DO weigh morning and night!

quincy
*Heather* Status..Asacol  (3 twice daily); flaring since Dec 22, tapered every 2nd nite (Jan 3)
~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 !!!
 


bbc
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   Posted 1/8/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Q...yup still on the melatonin, just read susan sommers new book and she is quite an advocate of it. My GI ordered quite a few tests, 4 test tubes full. I hope and pray tomorrow I am not down ANOTHER 4 lbs...geeez!

Thanks : )
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


Red_34
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always wondered myself how I can go to sleep and wake up 5lbs lighter! And that is even before my morning bm. I contribute mine to water retention. But I have had this going on for almost my entire Uc history. It's good though that you are having other avenues examined.
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love4cats
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   Posted 1/8/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
A body can fluctuate in weight due to retention of water, food in stomach, etc. It is impossible to loose 4 lbs of fat in one day, That would mean you burnt 14,000 calories more than you took in. So it is probably a combination of a difference in water retention and stomach contents.
 
 
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.
 
 


bbc
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   Posted 1/8/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sherry,

So this has happened to you too...interesting. The more and more I experience and learn of all the problems this disease causes the more and more I think about having my colon removed some day.

Red_34 said...
I've always wondered myself how I can go to sleep and wake up 5lbs lighter! And that is even before my morning bm. I contribute mine to water retention. But I have had this going on for almost my entire Uc history. It's good though that you are having other avenues examined.


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

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