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Why am I gaining weight?

Hi. Docs think I have chronic refractory SIBO. Seeing a new doc next week. Lots of bloating and explosive gas when I go to the bathroom. And I have gained at least 25 pounds since my ileostomy takedown 7 months ago. Instead of feeling well and being thinner, I am tired and fat. (Total proctocolectomy was for colorectal cancer, so I am happy with that outcome but my quality of life is not at all what I had hoped it would be by this point post-op). Why am I gaining so much weight? I have cut back on calories. Pre-diagnosis I was insulin resistant and took Ozempic with good weight loss, but that drug may not be safe in colorectal cancer so perhaps my insulin resistance is part of the problem.

Last edited by Stephen J. Thompson, MD
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