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Tony Williams wrote:
It is impossible for those of us who do not suffer from Crohn's disease to fully comprehend the physical hell sufferers endure. In addition, the disease takes a mental toll on many.

Anyone like jn who can cope with Crohn's AND weight train has my deepest admiration and my sincere hope for better treatments and good health in the future.

Tony



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gerry-hitman

Tony Williams wrote:

It is impossible for those of us who do not suffer from Crohn's disease to fully comprehend the physical hell sufferers endure. In addition, the disease takes a mental toll on many.



Tony


I have been in remission since 95, I hate to even talk about it for fear it comes back..incredible pain all the time, no energy, living hell for 7 straight years.

And yes it affects you mind...the steriod prentizone which is used to treat I was on max dose, did no good and has its own terrible side effects.

it came to an operation in 95 to cut out a piece it then went into remission ever since.
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gerry-hitman

Also jn6047,

From my and others personal experience it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to gain the weight you have gained Test or not.

The reason is the small intestine simply cannot absorb nutrients,AND it is IMPOSSIBLE to eat large amounts of food.

if a person with this eats a large meal they SUFFER big time and very LITTLE of it gets absorbed.

So either you were in remission or you had a very mild case
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jn6047

gerry-hitman wrote:
Also jn6047,

From my and others personal experience it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to gain the weight you have gained Test or not.

The reason is the small intestine simply cannot absorb nutrients,AND it is IMPOSSIBLE to eat large amounts of food.

if a person with this eats a large meal they SUFFER big time and very LITTLE of it gets absorbed.

So either you were in remission or you had a very mild case


Dr. Hitman: I'm glad that you know everything about me, my health, my lifestyle, the things I am capable of doing, my temperment, the severity of my diseases, etc, etc. from this website. I had no idea we had such a resource here!

To everyone else: Thank you all very much. Crohns disease is not fun, and it is not widely talked about due to the "intimate" nature of the disease. I've long since given up holding onto any humility regarding it. When I was first diagnosed, and several times over the course of the years since, I was very close to surgery. Statistics show that the younger the diagnosis and the older you live, you reach a point of nearly 100% probability of requiring surgery. I have been heavily medicated, I have been poked, prodded, probed, and stuffed. Through it all I did not give up my "dream" of gaining weight. Even when I wound up in the hospital a few years ago with pancreatitis (a complication due to Crohns) and lost a significant amount of muscle, I fought back. I'm not looking for accolades, I'm only looking to share my experience in the hopes of helping others.

Dr. Hitman, you have come on this thread several times, insulted my integrity, my results, and now even my disease. I would ask that you do not interact with me on this thread anymore. I will in turn not interact or respond to you. I'm tired of arguing with ignorant people on the internet, I have too much to do in my life and not enough time to waste it with that.

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natemason5

Ontario, CAN

You're very well spoken jn! I respect your honesty, and the manner in which you conduct yourself on this forum. I wish you all the best in the future...in health and strength. I can only imagine what you've gone through.

nate
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jn6047

natemason5 wrote:
You're very well spoken jn! I respect your honesty, and the manner in which you conduct yourself on this forum. I wish you all the best in the future...in health and strength. I can only imagine what you've gone through.

nate



Thanks Nate. Trust me, I've been an ass on several occasions here. I've been confrontational, rude, etc, as much as the best of them. I'm tired of it, I don't want to feed into it anymore. In "real" life I'm only like that to a small degree. In real life I'd like to think I am much more than my internet persona.

I am trying to surround myself with positive situations, not negative. There are plenty of negative things that we have to encounter on a day to day business that we have no choice but to deal with. When I post here, it is purely by choice. So why would I choose to engage in arguing or insulting people or choose to accept being attacked or insulted by them? I want to achieve things, not get bogged down by negativity. This negative shit, it's not good for the health, LOL.

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natemason5

Ontario, CAN

jn6047 wrote:
Thanks Nate. Trust me, I've been an ass on several occasions here. I've been confrontational, rude, etc, as much as the best of them. I'm tired of it, I don't want to feed into it anymore. In "real" life I'm only like that to a small degree. In real life I'd like to think I am much more than my internet persona.

I am trying to surround myself with positive situations, not negative. There are plenty of negative things that we have to encounter on a day to day business that we have no choice but to deal with. When I post here, it is purely by choice. So why would I choose to engage in arguing or insulting people or choose to accept being attacked or insulted by them? I want to achieve things, not get bogged down by negativity. This negative shit, it's not good for the health, LOL.

jn6047


I completely agree. We can all be asses some of the time, but the least you can do is know when you're being one. Well done jn.

Nate
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HeavyHitter32

Jn6047,

Do you have anyone in your family with it?
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gerry-hitman

jn6047 wrote:

Dr. Hitman, you have come on this thread several times, insulted my integrity, my results, and now even my disease.

jn6047


umm excuse me but where exactly have I "insulted your disease"? It so happens that I know plenty about it having had it for many years also.

I was simply pointing out a fact that it is not possible to gain much weight (no matter what you do) when this condition is active...

There is no debate here this is simple fact.
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jn6047

HeavyHitter32 wrote:
Jn6047,

Do you have anyone in your family with it?



Crohns disease? Like most people of her generation, my grandmother wasn't the type to see a doctor unless she absolutely had to. She was never diagnosed with Crohns, but complained often of "bad food". She passed in her mid 60s due to colon cancer.


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Honestly I feel the best I ever have. My doctor is happy with my condition, the control Ive maintained in my Crohns disease, my blood work is good, and all the tests my heart went through other than the ECG arythmia were great. I can work hard at a physically demanding job without any issues. In fact over the last year I have found that the more consistent my diet, training, and rest are the less often I am sick and the shorter my sickness stays, be it a common cold or a crohns flare up. Certainly the amount of food I eat places extra load on my digestive system, but it is a discomfort I am willing to take to reach my goals.

jn6047


I talked about how my eating, training, way of life in general does put extra strain and discomfort on me. Right now I am having a hell of a time with my back end. Inflammation, burning, etc. Sometimes it feels like my waste products are more acidic at times, and this has been one of those times (about 2 weeks now). It gets to be very uncomfortable, and stuff like preparation H just don't seem to help. Sometimes the only solution is 2 days of light eating and limited activity (to prevent sweating/chaffing) and lots of showers. That's the plan this weekend, along with limited errands and some much needed R&R.

The last 3 days have been a little tough too. Yesterday AM I went into the hospital because for the previous 24 hours my atrial fib was acting up. I have been maintaining on a very low dose of beta blocker and anti-arythmic. It was determined that at times like these I can double the dose on my beta blocker. Today was a much better day.

My work day started at 8:00AM, untill 6:30PM (with about 7 hours of driving which kills my lower back and right hip/thigh), then 1.5 hours of "relaxing" at the gym before traininig. By this time the atrial fib was gone and although I have been and still am feeling drained I was itching to train. My right elbow has been badly inflammed from having the seat to high on my multi-bicep a few weeks ago, and I still had an awesome shoulder/trap/tricep workout, one of the best. The temperature in the gym was about 22-23 degrees C (fairly average), and I was still able to train effectively.

After the workout I happened to have a measuring tape so I measured my pumped and flexed upper arm. Finally broke a personal goal/barrier that I have been struggling after for 4 years!

Thanks again to everyone for their kind words and support. Today was a great day!

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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

Support bump. I too applaud the way you've conducted yourself on this thread, even in the face of passive-agressive comments and flat-out accusers.

Best Regards,
Scott
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Turpin

simon-hecubus wrote:
Support bump. I too applaud the way you've conducted yourself on this thread, even in the face of passive-agressive comments and flat-out accusers.

Best Regards,
Scott


I agree , great & informative thread.

T.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

jn6047 wrote:
jn6047 wrote:


Honestly I feel the best I ever have. My doctor is happy with my condition, the control Ive maintained in my Crohns disease, my blood work is good, and all the tests my heart went through other than the ECG arythmia were great. I can work hard at a physically demanding job without any issues. In fact over the last year I have found that the more consistent my diet, training, and rest are the less often I am sick and the shorter my sickness stays, be it a common cold or a crohns flare up. Certainly the amount of food I eat places extra load on my digestive system, but it is a discomfort I am willing to take to reach my goals.

jn6047

I talked about how my eating, training, way of life in general does put extra strain and discomfort on me. Right now I am having a hell of a time with my back end. Inflammation, burning, etc. Sometimes it feels like my waste products are more acidic at times, and this has been one of those times (about 2 weeks now). It gets to be very uncomfortable, and stuff like preparation H just don't seem to help. Sometimes the only solution is 2 days of light eating and limited activity (to prevent sweating/chaffing) and lots of showers. That's the plan this weekend, along with limited errands and some much needed R&R.

The last 3 days have been a little tough too. Yesterday AM I went into the hospital because for the previous 24 hours my atrial fib was acting up. I have been maintaining on a very low dose of beta blocker and anti-arythmic. It was determined that at times like these I can double the dose on my beta blocker. Today was a much better day.

My work day started at 8:00AM, untill 6:30PM (with about 7 hours of driving which kills my lower back and right hip/thigh), then 1.5 hours of "relaxing" at the gym before traininig. By this time the atrial fib was gone and although I have been and still am feeling drained I was itching to train. My right elbow has been badly inflammed from having the seat to high on my multi-bicep a few weeks ago, and I still had an awesome shoulder/trap/tricep workout, one of the best. The temperature in the gym was about 22-23 degrees C (fairly average), and I was still able to train effectively.

After the workout I happened to have a measuring tape so I measured my pumped and flexed upper arm. Finally broke a personal goal/barrier that I have been struggling after for 4 years!

Thanks again to everyone for their kind words and support. Today was a great day!

jn6047


==Scott==
My god man you do have it tough. If I was in your shoes I'd be ready to jump off the bridge.As I rarely get sick I'm a big baby when I just have the flu or a runny nose. I have a coworker who has Crohns disease and we had no idea why he seemed so skinny and frail until he told us recently what he had. You have alot more gumption than most to keep working out etc with all that going on in your life. Is there a cure for it or is it something you just have to live with and treat all the time?
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fbcoach

Turpin wrote:
simon-hecubus wrote:
Support bump. I too applaud the way you've conducted yourself on this thread, even in the face of passive-agressive comments and flat-out accusers.

Best Regards,
Scott

I agree , great & informative thread.

T.


I'll echo the same. It is interesting to hear from those that face adversity in training, then continue to persevere and progress. Quite commendable!
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HeavyHitter32

I agree, as well. All the best Jn6047...I really give you credit for fighting the fight against your illnesses and making great progress fulfilling your goals.
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summaHIT

Ontario, CAN

Being someone who sells life and other types of health insurance I have clients who have have the disease and get standard rates. To me this says that it is not fatal but controllable. Or, it is in the hands of the patient.
If you eat properly then you can control it.
My first post about it was saying that, from my perch, those that have had it and control it through proper eating, are better off today that prior.

I am not saying it is not serious but diet is everything and most people suffer from a bad diet and jn has proved that through a proper, healthy, diet you can advance your health despite having a health affliction. For a lot of people it it is almost a blessing since their usual diets were killing them.
Good job man.
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jn6047

summaHIT, here in Canada people with Crohns and Colitis can receive a disability income tax credit. Crohns is a chronic inflammatory auto-immune disease of the digestive system, most commonly found in the small intestine. It is not necessarily aggravated or caused by diet.

My trigger is physical and mental stress. During times of increase in either, I suffer from the condition in a more pronounced manner. My choice of dirt has very little to do with flare ups. Certainly some people will find a change in diet to be beneficial, but it will not necessarily mean that their disease will not come back.

I think what makes a big difference is when people make a conscious effort to change their lifestyle, not just their diet. They take better care of themselves in regards to diet, stress, and rest.
I do agree though, I am in much better health today than I was 10 years ago.

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jn6047

I should mention though that alcohol does increase the irritability of my digestive system and of my heart. I hardly drink at all anymore, even just a single beer has negative effects that can last several days.

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simon-hecubus

Texas, USA

jn6047 wrote:
I should mention though that alcohol does increase the irritability of my digestive system and of my heart. I hardly drink at all anymore, even just a single beer has negative effects that can last several days.

jn6047


In a way, I can identify with that. When I drank, I had a tendency to break-out in handcuffs.
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

simon-hecubus wrote:
jn6047 wrote:
I should mention though that alcohol does increase the irritability of my digestive system and of my heart. I hardly drink at all anymore, even just a single beer has negative effects that can last several days.

jn6047

In a way, I can identify with that. When I drank, I had a tendency to break-out in handcuffs.


Ha, I always found it enhanced my personality...

(but what if you're an asshole - Bill Cosby ;n)

Regards,
Andrew
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AShortt

Ontario, CAN

jn,

I think you are a good example of why the gov should stay the hell out of our bus. As with issues like steroid use it is a personal decision.

Good health to you.

Regards,
Andrew
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jn6047

Andrew, I agree 100%. That's why I am all for protecting our Canadian way of doing things as opposed to adopting more US style of practices. The use of anabolic steroids in Canada is not illegal, only the distribution, purchase, and sale.

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HeavyHitter32

jn6047 wrote:
Andrew, I agree 100%. That's why I am all for protecting our Canadian way of doing things as opposed to adopting more US style of practices. The use of anabolic steroids in Canada is not illegal, only the distribution, purchase, and sale.

jn6047


Steroids are legal to use in the U.S. with a doctor's prescription.
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jn6047

Thy are legal to use here without a prescription.

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