weird things happening to my body

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   Posted 11/25/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
you already know from my *****ing that my hair is coming out (but i think thats from the change in pharmacy for generic drugs)

but i've also noticed that i'm losing weight, NOT ALOT, but all of a sudden i have went down a pants size, and i fit back into my old jeans and slacks

anddd i notice in the mirror that i'm getting more muscular, and i haven't been weightlifting in nearly 2 months...

should i be worried? or happy?

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   Posted 11/25/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, as a former work out fanatic, I wouldn't worry too much about the muscles starting to show, it's because you are losing weight and there is not as much of a layer of fat covering them up. But, the losing weight you want to keep an eye on.. It could be because of your U/C and if it is, you want to take measures to prevent yourself from losing too much weight. When I first got diagnosed, I lost a bunch of weight because of the shock of finding out I had a lifelong disease and going through the learning process of how to deal with it... Unless you continue losing weight, don't worry too much, that could just exaserbate your U/C. Try and eat more carbs and easy to digest foods. When I had lost a bunch of weight and had to gain it back, I added ensure to my diet and I would drink 3 of those a day and over the period of about a year, I gained back what I had lost.
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   Posted 11/25/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks susie, yeah i know about weight loss, when i was diagnosed i was at 190 lbs, i'm normally mom said i looked like death... but the weight loss for me was because i didnt want to eat, i was hungry but afraid if i ate, the bm's would be so painful it wasnt worth it, thats not the case now... i eat alot but will keep an eye out, thanks :)

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   Posted 11/25/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
ive lost over 40 freakin pounds over the last year.
but when i lost it it was pretty quick.

i was about 150 (yikes) and now i am 108.
been this way for quite a while now.
i eat a bunch but havent gained it back. im even on pred and still cant gain weight.
steph - 31 year old female - diagnosed UC in 2000
started as proctitis and now is pancolitis..this year long flare is now severe on left side only. 
50mg prednisone 1x day with breakfast
50mg imuran 1x  8pm stopped it to try and have a baby
2x 500mg mesalazine 2x day + night
colifoam 1x at night
now taking calcium supps for pred side effects
VSL#3 didnt work - Aloe Elite didnt work - Budesonide 9mg day didnt work
ive lost 40+lbs and my legs look like sticks ... ewww

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   Posted 11/26/2007 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally I was kinda happy I lost some weight:

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   Posted 11/26/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Susiebuddy said...'s because you are losing weight and there is not as much of a layer of fat covering them up.
That's it exactly. Unfortunately, increased muscularity is not a side effect of IBD drugs.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years. Down to 10 mg and feeling much better.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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