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07-15-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Keeping myself fit before I get fat

Ive been on steroids for a few months now and still got a few to go. Ive put the weight i lost back on but now I'm going in the opposite direction and it's gone straight to my belly! Just wondering if stomach excerises can affect the crohns in a bad way at all. Just things like sit ups and such would be all.
07-16-2012, 12:30 AM   #2
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If it hurts, don't do it. Really just do whatever you feel comfortable doing. With Prednisone though it puts on a lot of water weight so you may not be dealing with actual "fat." Once you go off of then steroids the weight should fall off fairly quickly. For me I always went back to my normal weight once I was off the Pred. Hopefully you will too.

Just an fyi though, situps, lifting weights etc will help you gain muscle but the layer of fat and or water (my guess is mainly water) will still be there. Cardio is the best for reducing fat (I don't think it will do much for water retention though).
Diagnosis: Crohn's in 1991 at age 9
Surgeries: 1 Small Bowel Resection in 1999; Central IV in 1991-92
Meds for CD: 6MP 75mg
Things I take: Tenormin 25mg (PVCs and Tachycardia), Junel (endometriosis), Tylenol 3 (Osteoarthritis), Zantac 150mg 2/day (acid reflux), Klonopin 1mg (Panic Disorder), Imitrex 25mg (migraines), Zofran 8mg (nausea)
Currently in: REMISSION Thought it was a flare but it's just scar tissue from my resection. Dealing with a stricture. Remission from my resection, 19 years and counting.
07-16-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Prednisone sucks and I will not go back on it ever! Besides the fact that it doesn't actually work form me, it made me gain 35lbs over 9 months. Unlike Crabby, it took me close to two years before I was final back to my pre-Prednisone weight. I am an avid power walker and did this activity the entire time I was on the Prednisone, but it didn't help. I don't want to scare you, I am just letting you know how it affected me. Hopefully you will have the same experience as Crabby and the weight will just melt off. As far as doing sit ups, I have to agree that sit ups and Crohns don't mix. Besides, you can't spot reduce so doing sit ups to lose weight on your tummy probably won't be as effective as walking or jogging three or four times per week. Get your heart rate up and you should see your weight go down or at the very least, you won't gain more. Good luck - I know how difficult it is!
DX - Crohn's Disease 1991
Current meds: Azathioprine, Remicade, Pariet, Percocet, Effexor
Past meds: too many to remember! But a super long stint on Prednisone that made me gain 40lbs - I'll never do that again!
Surgeries: Resection 1992; Ileostomy in 2000; Proctectomy 2004; 11 surgeries from 2000-2007 for various problems associated with Crohn's (resections, prolapses, hernias; twisting of the intestine, etc.); Surgery #13 is imminent to repair a fistula and possibly do another resection

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