I have to state I am not a Doctor of any kind , but this is a recent subject I have found myself researching after a recent experience with a Gastro .
It wasn’t a pleasant one .
To cut a long story short , I was told that I was obese (like I didn’t know) . But to add insult to injury , I was also told I shouldn’t be obese as “Ulcerative Colitis makes you lose weight , not put it on” .
Now I’ve struggled with my weight for the last 8 years , since being diagnosed with UC . I’ve been on liquid diets , teatox , raw vegan diets , you name it , I’ve done it . Including the gym 5 days a week for 2-3 hours a day ! I can lose a stone , but nothing more .
I explained all of this to the Gastro . He laughed . Told me to get running . So I went through all of my health issues and what the Neuro has advised me to do . He didn’t know what to say . Except that I need to stop over eating .
That part got to me big style ! I eat a max of 800 calories a day . I always have because I can’t stomach anything more .
Needless to say he didn’t believe me and told me I need to be on 500 calories a day to see any benefit . The cheek of it !
So I’ve gone into , let’s say a stubborn mood since .
As I am seeing him again on the 13th I want proof of what I consume etc a day . So I’m keeping a log of my caffeine , water and food intake . Along with my steps , sleep pattern , heart rate , blood pressure and glucose levels .
I have also done some research . It took me a while to find it via Google so I decided to take a better approach .
Like many sufferers , I join groups and forums . So instead of reading I asked the question directly and went on to explain my experience .
So many people came forward with their experience with weight gain and UC .
The way my gastro had explained it to me , it made me think I was the only obese person with UC ! But I’m not .
Over the years I have been on numerous medications . I have also been on steroids . All of which have made myself and countless others gain weight .
As you know , gaining weight is easy , the hard part is losing it . People of all ages have answered my question and they are all struggling with the same thing .
Whilst UC does make you lose weight , the medications make you gain and gain . I stopped mine over a year ago and went natural . I now refuse to put any toxins / chemicals in my body . Although I can’t lose the weight …. yet , I am hopeful that I will . It does take time for the body to reset itself and start getting it’s rhythm back , I’m just hoping that’s soon so I can prove this ass of a doctor wrong !
I thought I would share this experience with you as I found it difficult to come across what I needed . I hope this helps a little for anyone in the same dilemma as me .
If you want more information or just need to chat to another UC sufferer , please feel free to leave comments below .