I just had a colostomy bag placed on the first of July, 2017. Before surgery I was at a healthy 125 lbs for my 5'5" frame. Now I weigh a little over 110 lbs. I am curious as to how long it will take before I gain weight and people stop asking me whether or not I am anorexic. It's absolutely embarrassing and I'm eating tons of protein bars, as well as protein shakes to maintain a healthy weight. I eat 5 small meals a day as directed and it's always full of protein. My question I guess is, is there any supplements or vitamins that I can take to help gain weight? I'm already insecure to begin with. Unless I gain weight I don't know if I'll ever attempt to leave my house again. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks
It sounds like you're just 2 weeks out of surgery. It does take time for your body to adjust to the trauma it's just been through. When I had my surgery for a permanent ileostomy, I walked in weighing 140 lbs and when I was discharged a month later, I weighed only 118 lbs. The first week post op, I wasn't allowed to eat anything except ice chips and the second week, I was allowed soft surgical food. I still hate jello to this day.
Gradually, your body will absorb nutrients normally. The nutritionist in the hospital ordered a can of Ensure or Boost for every one of my meals. After a few months, I started getting back to my average weight. Give your body time to heal. You will be able to get back to your ideal weight.
As far as weight "gain" suppliments, I haven't a clue. Wish I could be more helpful.
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Hi Rwilliams3433, how are you? I also have that problem but at this point the weight is not coming back . My digestive system won't allow me to hold food, or protien, so I've learned to embrace me!! I was a size 6 , I am know a zero and yes people do make comments but oh well. You might gain , if not embrace you!! Good luck!!!
I've always be fairly tiny, but it makes me so insecure. People are so darn judgemental nowadays. It's almost discouraging! So far I'm still wearing a size 7 so hopefully it stays that way. Thank you so much for contacting me. This has been really hard to deal with alone. Thanks again. Take care!
R williams3433, hang in there do you!!!
I had exactly the opposite problem. I went in at 125 (after years of acute UC) and when I had my ileostomy, I was most comfortable eating meat, pasta, potatoes, bread etc. Vegetables caused a bit of gas and minor blockages. I put on a fair amount of weight over the first year, and have spend the following five years trying to lose it. Veggies don't cause me problems any more. So, I guess if you want to gain weight, eat lots of carbs!
My weight, unfortunately, has bounced around so much, I don't know whether I'm going up or down! During chemo, I went from 135 to 118, then bounced back eventually to 130. When I got peritonitis and then my colonostomy, I went back down to 115 - and stayed there for two weeks, then went back to 125 by the time I got out of the hospital several weeks later. I lost and gained the same 5-10 pounds over the next two months as I was learning what I could and could not eat. When I suffered a relapse and was in the hospital again, everyone was pushing food on me all the time. Since I finally felt better, I quickly ballooned to 150 pound! I am now struggling (slowly!) to lose that and get back to a healthy 125.
I guess the worst part is not knowing exactly what put the weight ON, and now having to work so hard to take it back OFF.
If I could just stay one weight for a while, I would be so much happier!
Hi. Just be patient. Add some cereals, fruits & juices to your diet plan. You need more time to adjust to your ostomy & taking care of it & yourself. Enjoy the benefits of the surgery whatever they may be from less pain & less medicine. Good Luck. I have learned a lot from you tube on ostomy care. Pat R.