Crohn's and Exercise

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bkoach2
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   Posted 1/1/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Many years ago I think I saw something published about Crohn's symptoms being made worse by strenous exercise -- even healthy workouts.  Does anyone know anything on this?  Any personal reports. (This seems true for me anyhow.)
Male, in early 60's; diagnosed age 39 with Crohn's although I had intermittent symptoms in
childhood.  Had bowl resection 1989.  Treated with Prednisone and Asulfadine or Asacol, then started Remicade infusions every 8 weeks in 1999.  Clean colonoscopies for most part since then.  Currently, lung infiltrates seen in CT scans (no breathing symptoms) are being evaluated to rule-out possibility they were precipitated by Remicade (off Remicade at present, Crohn's worse).  On Entocort and Asacol with Tylenol w/Codene and steriod suppositories as needed.


stkitt
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   Posted 1/1/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Exercise can help prevent the stress and depression that often accompany Crohn's disease.  I believe if you have just had surgery you should follow your physician's guidelines on resuming your exercise routine.

I have never heard of exercise being harmful for Crohn's per se.  My hubby has Crohn's and he is very active. 

Take care and keep posting

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upt0106
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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
As an Air Force officer, exercise is a mandatory part of my work week....3 30-60 minute exercise sessions per week. I've found that when I am exercising 3 times a week I tend to have more energy and generally feel better during the day. Most of my workout is cardio-vascular, and I like to think the increased blood flow is good for me

bkoach2
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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks much.
Male, in early 60's; diagnosed age 39 with Crohn's although I had intermittent symptoms in
childhood.  Had bowl resection 1989.  Treated with Prednisone and Asulfadine or Asacol, then started Remicade infusions every 8 weeks in 1999.  Clean colonoscopies for most part since then.  Currently, lung infiltrates seen in CT scans (no breathing symptoms) are being evaluated to rule-out possibility they were precipitated by Remicade (off Remicade at present, Crohn's worse).  On Entocort and Asacol with Tylenol w/Codene and steriod suppositories as needed.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/1/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally for me, strenuous exercise makes me poop and flare. But I know others don't have a problem with it. I can do the stair master or eliptical and lift some but I cant run anymore and I can't do harsh ab exercises anymore unless I want lots of pain. Do what works best for you.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 1/1/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
For anyone that has issues with strenuous exercise then definitely get into yoga, pilates ect but personally I do great with cardio and weights and I do it regularly at least 4 days/week, has had major benefits physically and mentally...I sleep soooooooooo good at night now and am a much calmer and happier person.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Becoming undone
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   Posted 1/1/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4...my GI doc told me to stay away from core exercising...kinda scared about going any pressure (internal from yoga/pushing etc). I miss yoga, but I am not up to date on the styles. Are there forms that are more stretch and less core? Hatha/binkrim/or others?(I usually did those offered at the Y)

(He told me to stay away from any weights and pilates until I heal...) I am allowed non impact cardio, but some days I over do and I bleed too much. I want to work out more and bleed less. Any ideas would be so greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Mar1anneC
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   Posted 1/1/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I am about to start excercising again for the first time since being diagnosed and in the hospital 1 1/2 years ago. I am doing the Curves workout which is pretty tame if you want it to be. I'll let you'all know how it goes. I am in bad shape and would really like to lose some weight in a healthy way.

pb4
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   Posted 1/1/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Exercise should be modified according to the severity of a flare...exercise is essential for IBDers since we are prone to muscle and bone deterioration and weight bearing excercising aids with this along with proper functioning bowels.

:)

Becoming undone :) you should find some form of yoga until you are well enough to do weights and such.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


ivy6
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   Posted 1/2/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you consulted a physiotherapist? You might find it helpful to get some expert advice instead of having to feel your way by yourself and suffer the consequences of any unintentional mistakes.

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bkoach2
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   Posted 1/2/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks ... I was resuming doing some Yoga style stretching for my back (prescribed by a PT I had seen from Dr. referral) and became quite ill for over a week. I had also over-endulged at the X'mas table which had a big part in this. Anyhow, it's my understanding that exercise increases motility. Like most things for us, it's a balancing act with the healthful aspects of excercise.
Male, in early 60's; diagnosed age 39 with Crohn's although I had intermittent symptoms in
childhood.  Had bowl resection 1989.  Treated with Prednisone and Asulfadine or Asacol, then started Remicade infusions every 8 weeks in 1999.  Clean colonoscopies for most part since then.  Currently, lung infiltrates seen in CT scans (no breathing symptoms) are being evaluated to rule-out possibility they were precipitated by Remicade (off Remicade at present, Crohn's worse).  On Entocort and Asacol with Tylenol w/Codene and steriod suppositories as needed.


mama2jmt
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   Posted 1/2/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
hello...I find that for me,exercise helps to get everything moving in my gut.I feel better afterwards & seem to have increased energy.It has been a great way for me to align my mind,body,& spirit.

I have finally graduated to a more strenous workout after many months of taking it slow.I workout 5 days a week w/ stretching before & after,cardio,weights,& ab,butt,& thigh.For the first time in my adult life I am losing weight & gaining good muscle tone,instead of getting skinny & just looking like a skeleton.I look good & I feel great!

I wish you the best of luck in finding a routine that works good for you :)
~Jennifer~
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet
          


belleenstein
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   Posted 1/2/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Like anything else, yoga is not one size fits all. Some positions would tend to increase motility -- those are ones that are intended to generate heat and fire. Others would be more calming and restorative. Same goes for other forms of exercise.

The key is to build a program that reflects what's going on with your body. You will need to focus on internal cues.
Belleenstein:

30+ years living with Crohn's.


karendee
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   Posted 1/2/2008 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I know I should be exercising too! I just am so pooped sometimes. I have a long commute 2 kids and never enough time it seems. I also live where it is cold now and I miss going for walks outside J

I should try harder!

 

I also have to poop when I exercise FitzyK23. I don’t know why but if I get really upset or stressed the same thing happens to me. I have to potty immediately.

 

Karen


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Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/2/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Karen- same w/ me... stress, nervousness, or anything upsetting makes me go. I hate it.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


yogaprof
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   Posted 1/2/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I teach and practice yoga, and as bell said, it can vary really widely. I practice Ashtanga and flow yoga, both very active and hot. I modify a bit when it comes to deep twists if my belly is hurting, but other than that, I have kept it up through two years of being sick. to find the right fit in a class or studio, you can't rely too much on labels, as instructors and classes vary a ton. I have taken basic classes that involve little more than a gentle stretch and basic classes that have everyone standing on his or her head. ask around and I hope you find something that works for you. it is a wonderful type of exercise that really covers everything you need to stay fit and grounded. yp
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil and vicidin as needed.

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